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New Genealogy Blogs December 4, 2010

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[Editor’s Note: this is a regular feature of GeneaBloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of GeneaBloggers. Use the Suggest A Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 41 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,498 genealogy blogs on our list! Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

all about GEN

All About GEN
Blog type: Individual family history

When I take research notes, I just write “GEN” for the word “genealogy”. There are times when that can be such a long word!

ancestor search

Ancestor Search
Blog type: Australia genealogy, Individual family history

As a child I was always fascinated by stories of my forebears.
My great grandmother had been born in Swan Reach. In 1984 I moved from Melbourne to East Gippsland. I began to search for my origins in the area. I was soon hooked – and afflicted by genealogyitis!

My search has now extended world-wide. My use of computers and the internet has enabled me to link up with distant relatives I wouldn’t know of in ordinary circumstances.

anderson spence

Anderson / Spence / McKenney, 1800’s
Blog type: Individual family history

The family and ancestors of my paternal grandmother have remained, for the most part, a mystery. Each new bit of information is gleaned over a period of years! They were not well-to-do, were of Irish and/or Scots extraction, with one branch of the family emigrating to Baltimore from Germany [perhaps what was once Hanover] in the early 1800’s. This blog will highlight both the “new finds” and the “dead-ends” on these families.

annapolis royal heritage

Annapolis Royal Heritage
Blog type: Canadian genealogy

I am professionally a Museum Director in Annapolis Royal and as such I will try to feature some of the interesting artifacts and archival resources in our collections. I can immediately think of a recipe book hand written by Fanny O’Dell, one of the inhabitants of the O’Dell House before it was a museum, which I will transcribe in sections and include in future blogs. If anyone actually tries one of the recipes, let me know how they work. I will also try to feature some of the interesting architecture, building elements and landscapes in our region. To an extent, this blog will also chronicle the ongoing life of heritage, with all of its events activities and programming, that take place in the Annapolis Royal region. A behind the scenes look at life in heritage in our small town.

are my roots showing

Are My Roots Showing?
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been working on my genealogy in fits and starts since about 1990, when my grandfather passed away and I inherited his research. I am currently in school to complete my paralegal degree (expected graduation date May 2011). I also work full-time as a paralegal. After I graduate, I hope to have significantly more time to devote to my research, indexing, and my blog.

arkansas roots

Arkansas Roots: The Stories of My Family
Blog type: Arkansas genealogy, Individual family history

This blog will attempt to share the stories and histories of my family from Arkansas. I am researching the SMITH, SLOAN, HAWKINS & PATTILLO lines from Dallas County, Arkansas and the POOLE line from Union & Hemstead Counties.

barnett family genealogy

Barnett Family Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Yvonne Curry. My grandmother was Charlotte Marzelle Barnett. I have been researching the Barnetts of Parker County, Texas since 1999. I see this blog as a way to organize and share some of the information I have acquired on this and other Barnett families. I welcome comments and I would love to have you share Barnett pictures and stories that you may have.

borreson cousins

Borreson Cousins
Blog type: Individual family history

On October 17, 1899, Emil Borresen and Gina Estensen were married at Pigeon Falls in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Born of emigrants from Norway, this couple had ten children and 29 grandchildren. I am one of these grandchildren and I am interested in their history.

This blog has the name, Borreson Cousins, because for a few years now, many of Emil and Gina’s grandchildren have managed to get together. That’s been such a delight. I want to take our gatherings a step further by offering this site as an avenue to share family history – and maybe gather some new stories.

My intention is to write up bits from our past and invite comments. The best source is, of course, the genealogical work done by Emil and Gina’s daughter Clara and published in her 1980 family history, Homestead. I’ll often probably start with tidbits from that treasure, add my own comments, and invite my readers (cousins and others) to add their own.

Since this is a public blog, I’ll be careful not to publish street addresses or phone numbers (if you didn’t know, I live in Holmen near La Crosse, WI). And I’ll ask family members to take the same care in their comments. If anyone wants to reach me privately, please contact me by e-mail at If you have ideas for my posts or a photo you’d like me to consider posting, again my e-mail is the way to go.

butler cemetery

Butler Cemetery
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Cemetery blog, New Jersey genealogy

Butler Cemetery was established ca.1867 by DEMPSEY DANIEL BUTLER, a prominent businessman who amassed wealth as a Real Estate Entrepreneur. In addition to real estate, Mr. Butler owned and operated a General Store on Kaighn Ave in Camden City and Butler Hotel, located in Atlantic City NJ. His legacy includes Philanthropist, Abolitionist, Grand Master for the New Jersey State Chapter of Prince Hall Masons and establisher of UAME Churches. By the time of his death in January 1900, Mr. Butler was noted as the richest African American in the State of New Jersey.

digging under my family tree

Digging Under My Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve always been interested in my family history and have recently started working on my family tree past the first few generations. Needless to say, I’ve unearthed some interesting information as well as some unexpected connections.

To be truthful, I have blogged before so this isn’t an entirely new adventure, however, the topic is still somewhat new to me.

I have a friend that shares this obsession/passion with me and is my genealogy mentor. She is a wonderful person who puts up with my random remarks of “Deb, you’ll never guess who I’m related to!” You can find a link to her blog on my page.

Please know that I realize I do not know everything about genealogy and I welcome any comments, suggestions, gentle nudges, and the like.

dr d digs up ancestors

Dr D Digs Up Ancestors
Blog type: Genealogy education

This blog is for people who took Dave’s genealogy class through Cuesta’s Emeritus College. It is a place to share exciting finds, pictures, and general genealogy research tips and questions. Only class members can post but everyone is encouraged to read these items and add comments, raise questions and click the radial “reaction” buttons at the end of all posts. All posts are the copyrighted intellectual property of their authors! Use the search box in upper left corner to find earlier posts.

exiles return

Exile’s Return
Blog type: Individual family history

There is a t-shirt that says “Born in Maine, Living in Exile.” I lived in “exile” (actually a very nice place) for 32 years, and returned to Maine in 2005. That’s not necessarily what all this is about, just the only title I could think of at the time.

fiji genealogy

Fiji Genealogy
Blog type: Fiji genealogy,

Here your will find a great many resources and ideas for tracing your family tree and researching your family’s history in Fiji. Whether your ancestor was a temporary visitor who married or died in Fiji, or whether you are descended from a long line of settlers or natives, you will find something here to help you.

I have collected many lists of websites, books, and repositories of records and microfilmed records to help you find what you are looking for. I will add more as I find them and time allows.

genealogie blog

Genealogie Blog
Blog type: French genealogy

Genealogie Blog is a French blog made by a professional genealogist, Stéphane Cosson.

genealogy dragnet

Genealogy Dragnet
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my new blog! I’m glad you stopped by.

This blog is where I’ll post my research and musings. Hopefully I can connect with others researching our common ancestry.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Genealogy of Oldendorf und Nahrendorf

Genealogy of Oldendorf, und Nahrendorf
Blog type: German genealogy

Here you will find the various villages. Including those who belong to Dannenberg area, Uelzen,Elbe region, Goehrde and Bleckede area.

I explain my frustrations and gloat over my finds. I hope you will find time to leave me a note or two in comments. Feel free to email me arootdigger at I will try and get to you as soon as I notice anything. It would be wonderful to hear suggestions and be given information to add. Thanks so much for stopping by.

genealogy quest

Genealogy Quest
Blog type: Individual family history

Website updates and genealogical musings.

geoffs genealogy

Geoff’s Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I decided to start this blog as it enables me to keep you informed of the latest developments re my research interests, and it also serves as a reminder to me of what we have done and when! Very useful when updating the website periodically.

Not only that, but it also gives an opportunity for visitors to to post comments or additional information re the content of the site.

glasgow ancestry

Glasgow Ancestry
Blog type: Scottish genealogy

Glasgow Ancestry, Paisley Ancestry, Grave markers, Family History, Genealogy Tours, Glasgow Ancestry Tours, Paisley Ancestry Tours, Scotland Ancestry Tours, Family History Glasgow, Glasgow Necropolis, Southern Necropolis, Eastwood Cemetery

gregory fearon fam hist blog

Gregory Fearon’s Family History Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Retired Boomer searching for the right balance of living the life I dreamed of, and continuing to contribute to my society.

glimpsing the past

Glimpsing the Past
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I am an overweight, under exercised OAP who lived most of her life in Surrey but due to the call of her roots ended up in Scotland. Mother of two, nana of three and servant to oh so many cats. My two passions are Family History and Scrapping. I enjoy photography but I’m more of a point and shoot kind of person. I also love flowers and growing tomatoes but I’m a very lazy gardener and wish it would happen without any effort. When I was young I dreamt of being a singer but now I dream of writing a book but never get further than chapter3 ! Well that me in a nut shell!

grow your family tree

Grow Your Own Family Tree
Blog type: Genealogy industry blog, Irish genealogy, UK genealogy

Hello, I’m Alan Stewart, freelance family history author, and this is my blog of UK/Ireland genealogy news.

I write regularly for the magazines Practical Family History and Family Tree Magazine in the UK, and Internet Genealogy and Discovering Family History in North America. I’ve also written for Ancestors, Family History Monthly and Who Do You Think You Are in the UK, and Family Chronicle and Everton’s Genealogical Helper in North America. You’ll also find me in the Family and Local History Handbook.

Please see the ‘Alan’s Books’ pages for information about my two family history books, Grow Your Own Family Tree (one of Family History Monthly‘s Top Ten Books of 2008) and Gathering the Clans:Tracing Scottish Ancestry on the Internet.

in our hearts

In Our Hearts: A Family Tribute & Scrapbook
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Alabama genealogy, Individual family history

This web page is a tribute to the branches of my family tree(s): the Fords, Martins, Mortons, Green(e)s and all branches I have yet to discover. Through this page, I will share my own journey of how I was led to discover my past and reconnect with family. I also invite my family to contribute to this page, so that all our journeys can be shared. Please feel free to include anything you think is relevant—stories, pictures, recipes, genealogy, current events, etc. My vision is to create a family scrapbook, and have it printed. This page will be a foundation for what is put into the scrapbook. I need your input to make this possible! Feel free to e-mail me at any time with your contributions. I am flexible—and if you would rather not have your entry posted online that is fine, I will save the information for the scrapbook only. I look forward to hearing from you.

jens genealogy pages

Jen’s Genealogy Pages
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in family history and genealogy. I have been compiling information on the various branches of my family tree since I was a teenager. This blog is my forum for sharing what I have uncovered over the past 20 years of off and on research.

Most of my research is centered on the four main branches of my family tree – St. John, Coulman, Fee, Hunter – and other associated families (including Davey, Summerville, Lusty, Salter, Thomas, Ansted, Burton, Doan and Oakley). To date, the majority of my research has been focused in Ontario and Quebec in the 1800s but I am starting to move back across the ocean to England, Ireland and Palatine Germany in the 1800s and earlier. I am hopeful that some of this research will be of use to others and will help me connect with a long lost cousin or two! If you think we have a connection, please leave a comment or email me.

jones family matters

Jones Family Matters
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my blog — Jones Family Matters. Over time, I hope to post stories, pictures, etc. from all of my family lines. The initial posts will be about the Joneses, but I’ve researched my German and Irish roots, too. Surnames I’ve investigated include: Jones, Ryan, von der Heide, Cronin, Probert, Dailey, Wainright, Reed and Hellmann. I am consoled by those who came before me and hope you are, too.

marilyns family history news

Marilyn’s Family History News
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy industry

I have been doing Genealogy for many years. I have been working in the Redlands Family History Center for 10 yrs. Now I am editing the Redlands Family History Newsletter and would like to start posting it on this Blog along with any other Family History news I come across and maybe you would be interested too. If you would like to know more about me and my family go to

murmurds franco-american

Murmurd’s Franco-American and Quebec Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, French-Canadian genealogy

Of interest to us is general and specific genealogical information about our French-Canadian (QUÉBEC in particular) and Franco-American ancestors. I hope to post pertinent info here on a regular basis as my research progresses. Details concerning genetic anomalies and hereditary diseases found among French-Canadians and their descendants would be welcome. Your input, corrections and comments are most welcome.

ngs family history conference

NGS Family History Conference Blog
Blog type: Genealogy conference blog, Genealogical society blog

Hello and welcome to the home of the NGS 2011 official conference blog. We are thrilled that you will be joining us in Charleston, South Carolina and hope to make this an interactive and fun experience leading up to the event. Only YOU know what your burning conference related questions are, so contact NGS at and we will get you the most complete answers possible in as timely a manner as possible.

The South Carolina Genealogical Society ( is very excited to be working with the National Genealogical Society in building a fantastic conference experience for all levels of genealogists, from beginner to professional. Stay tuned for updates on presenters, vendors, sponsors, registration, accommodations, local sites, and much more.

our family quilt

Our Family Quilt
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi everyone, I thought it would be a great time to put my first post up and also congratulate the newest member of the family, baby Eli! We wish his parents Jan and Kim, and all the proud grandparents best wishes.

I hope this blog will become a place where our family can meet and keep in touch. I also would hope we can post our past and present family pictures, as well as memories and family stories so our younger family members can get to know about our family members who are no longer with us.

peters family history blog

Peter’s Family History Blog
Blog type: Genealogy education

The purpose of this blog is to support communication between Area FH Advisers and FH Consultants, FH Centre Directors and interested Priesthood leaders in the northern part of North America Central. This is not an official church website.

pursuits of a desperate genie

Pursuits of a Desperate Genie
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my site! A little background… “what do you want to be when you grow up?” After graduating with a BS in Organizational Communications, Learning, and Design from Ithaca College, I still didn’t have a clear answer but I jumped into the corporate world of NYC and was happy as can be. After a few years the commute and lack of personal growth lessened my enthusiasm and I decided to leave cubicle world behind. It was around that same time I found a box of old family stuff. With my new free time I decided to preserve and organize the information. It wasn’t long before I was hooked! Everything happens for a reason, and this was just meant to be!

I was a new resident of northern New Jersey without a genealogical thought in my mind when I realized my ancestors had lived in the exact same area one hundred years prior! This only added fuel to my fire. After many months of staying up late and searching the internet until I could barely read the screen, I am so ready to share what I have learned and inspire others to dig into their own family history. I credit my Great Grandmother Edith Shaw Middleton for my desperation, she saved numerous pictures and documents with ridiculously helpful information to help me on my way. I only wish I could have met her!

I’m now a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY! BK is exploding with history and the passion I have for preserving our heritage has overwhelmed my life. My family and friends have had their fair share of “Did you know…!” I love researching, googling for hours, visiting cemeteries, learning new technology and connecting with others to share stories and information. Whenever I hit roadblocks I start quizzing the next person I’m with and before you know it I am writing out their family tree!

roots and stones

Roots and Stones: A Canadian Girl’s Genealogy Diary
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I’m a 6th-generation Canadian, who has been hunting for her roots for the past decade-ish. I’m proud of my country and my roots and I also love a puzzle… gee, I think I’m on the right track!

Like most genealogists, I love walking through cemeteries (and even just sitting in cemeteries; they’re extremely pretty and serene places…)…

If you have any questions, comments, etc., please feel free to leave a comment on the blog or email me at Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit!

seattle genealogical society

Seattle Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society, Washington genealogy

Welcome to the SGS President’s blog. As it says elsewhere on this page, this is an effort to improve communication between the SGS Board [via the President] and our members. I hope to post to this blog at least once a week and use it to keep our SGS membership informed about what’s going on at SGS, what decisions the Board is making, and what members can do to help keep SGS moving forward. I also plan to post a monthly poll question to gauge member opinion on a topic important to the Society.

I became President of SGS in June, 2009. The new Board is trying to improve communication with our members and get more members involved in the activities of the Society. Please let me know what you think of this blog.

smiddy family genealogy

Smiddy Family Genealogy
Blog type: Surname blog

The aim of this site is to become a main resource for genealogy researchers worldwide, and is my way of bringing together interesting information and facts relating to the SMIDDY surname.

tattered past

Tattered Past
Blog type: Individual family history

A few things I enjoy: Photography, mixed media art, researching history, writing, history of the Old West, genealogy, being with friends, Tombstone history, discovering myself, reading, and teaching what I have learned about these things. Things I love: My family, my home, and my dog.

the bowdens of pope creek

The Bowdens of Popes Creek
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history, Virginia genealogy

Four generations of (Mulatto)Indentured Servants to the Monroe & Washington Family.

the historians family

The Historian’s Family
Blog type: Individual family history,

Currently, I am an instructor at a community college in the midwest. I completed my PhD in history at the University of Glasgow with a specialization in Scottish migration. I am also interested in the bridging the gap between academic and “armchair” historians. When not busy with my own research or blogging, I can be found preparing for World History (which is, in fact never-ending).

Some time ago, I made a “lottery list” in which I listed all the things I would do if I won the lottery. One item was to research my family history properly and visit all the places they had come from. Then this past January, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to win the lottery to do this (although I wouldn’t be opposed to it) and that I could document my search in a blog. I had a goal – set up the blog before the last episode of Henry Louis Gates’ program aired. I met this deadline; but then did absolutely NOTHING with the blog.

Since the winter, this phantom blog, called Under the Family Tree, has been lurking in the back of my mind. I couldn’t quite bring myself to do anything more with it. Suggesting perhaps it wasn’t ready for prime time. So, I let it percolate. I knew I wanted to organize what material I already had, figure out what I knew, record family stories and share all of this information with family members. Then I heard Drew Smith speak on using blogs to document family research at the FGS conference in Knoxville. He pointed out that if you used your blog as a research log it could be accessed from anywhere in the world (well, as long as you had a computer and an Internet connection). I was inspired.

they came to montana

They Came to Montana
Blog type: Individual family history, Montana genealogy

Earlier this year (2010) I watched a new TV program called Who Do You Think You Are?

I became hooked on the show and suddenly found myself diving head first into family history research. I scoured my public library for every available copy of every book regarding genealogy and even ordered books from other libraries through the interlibrary loan program. I just can’t seem to get enough information and am amazed at the wealth of information available for the asking.

The name of the blog came from the simple fact that all of my immigrant ancestors, somehow or other, all arrived in MT and stayed here until the very end. Many of them are buried in the same cemetery and others are buried not very far away. They came to MT from all over Europe and the UK. They came for the hope and promise of something better than they had in the old country. My hope is to find what brought them here and was it worth it to them, in the end?

I will also be tracking my genealogical research here. Mainly as a way of helping me stay on track, but also as a guide for anyone else who may want to start their own family history research. I’m a very new beginner, and I move a snail’s pace, but if you want to tag along, I’d love the company. If you happen to be quicker than me, throw me a rope and I’ll try to hang on.

This proves to be a fun and exciting journey. And so we begin.

TMG Sydney

TMG Sydney
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogical society blog, Technology blog

My name is Carole Riley and I am the founder of the TMG (The Master Genealogist) Sydney User Group. TMG is family tree software published by Wholly Genes and we consider it to be the best and most configurable family tree software available. Sydney is in Australia and is the greatest place in the world to live!

I thought it would be good to have a place where we can write about our experiences and share them with others. I hope that members will share their meeting presentations and stories and how they solve particular problems.

We meet every three months at the Society of Australian Genealogists headquarters at 120 Kent Street in Sydney. We also hold other events from time to time.

virtual tombstone biographer

Virtual Tombstone Biographer
Blog type: Cemetery blogs

Finally getting started with the Virtual World of the Tombstone Biographer.

On Find a grave website, I can be found noted on flowers (little messages) and a few memorials as either creator or its the maintainer of that memorial.

What is the Tombstone Biographer? The tombstone biographers tale begins about 2001, when she became interested in the resources that were available from cemeteries. Then about 2005, she signed in on Find a Grave and the rest is history.

This blog is meant to help facilitate information from all facets of the cemetery business as associated with genealogists information- obituary, resources, events and more.

yesterdays girl

Yesterday’s Girl
Blog type: Individual family history

Yesterday’s Girl is a blog of my amateur genealogy and family history research efforts. It is focused on families from England, Ireland, and Newfoundland who emigrated to the US, mostly to the Boston area.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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