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New Genealogy Blogs December 5, 2009

new genealogy blogs

[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 Geneablog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 21 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Our total is now 773 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”
– adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

Here are this week’s new listings:


Blog type: Individual family history

I haven’t decided quite where I want to go with this, hence the title. ABT and UNK are abbreviations commonly used in family trees, for “about” (when you’re not sure of a date) and “unknown” (when you’re not sure of a name or location). I’ve maintained a Personal Ancestral File (PAF – free!) family tree for at least ten years, and recently purchased an membership, mostly to do research for my 81-year-old mother. I’ve also been following my friend andfellow librarian Amy’s genealogy blog, We Tree. While I don’t consider myself to be a geneablogger like Amy is, I do believe in preserving personal and family memories. I really liked their idea of an Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and have decided to try to do that here, as it didn’t really fit in my book blog or mywork-related blog. Look for the first post hopefully later today.

chicago genealogy

Chicago Genealogy
Blog type: Illinois genealogy

I have a bachelor’s degree in Japanese and a master’s degree in reading instruction, but for the past few years, I’ve focused on helping people locate genealogical records for Chicago and Cook County research. When I’m not working on genealogical research, I’m probably working on fiddle. I started lessons in early 2008 and it’s become a very, very happy part of my life.

cameron collections

Cameron Collections
Blog type: Individual family history

A place to concentrate my Cameron research as well as other, unrelated, Cameron information that is found. My Camerons emigrated from Scotland to Canada and then to Michigan.

des racines

Des racines et des êtres
Blog type: French genealogy

Encore un blog de généalogie ? Et oui, mais celui-ci ne se veut pas spécifiquement une somme documentaire ou bien un manuel de pédagogie. D’autres le font déjà très bien !

Je présenterai ici mes recherches personnelles, d’autres parfois aussi, à propos des différentes familles dont je suis issu. Je présenterai ici mon arbre bien sûr, mais également des documents plus parlants: copies d’actes, lettres, documents officiels et officieux, livres de raisons, etc.
Je présenterai aussi mes méthodes de recherche, les façons d’explorer de nouvelles pistes, des anecdotes, des lieux d’Histoire (bibliothèques, archives, etc.).

Un blog hybride en somme, proposant de façon alternée des billets sur les méthodes et outils en généalogie et des informations sur ma propre généalogie. Puisse-t-il en être plus intéressant pour les lecteurs, et s’attacher les inconditionnels de la généalogie tout comme les membres de ma famille?

family archives

Family Archive
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve always been attracted to old things. There’s something innately valuable about them. They trigger a pleasure center by disrupting the context of the present world while providing insights into the future. Some people refer to this as history others might think its a form of escapism, still others call it nostalgia, however you want to tag it, I’m drawn to it. Other than as decorations what can you do with old things? How do you use them? learn from them? What are the factors that make material items evolve into new forms and make their predecessor old? Better technology. Is technology always better? How is a passion for old things compatible with the current technological revolution and 2.0 world?

I’m also intrigued and always pulled in by family stories and dynamics. People preserve their histories and legacies differently; heirlooms, lore, photographs, etc. But they’re almost always handed down by way of the family. Sometimes they’re simply given over by a parent or relative other times they can be discovered through less traditional or expected paths.

These are my first thoughts and queries as I enter the blogging arena. A few years ago, I stumbled on a remarkable collection of personal family history at the top of a closet in my parent’s apartment. Some of my findings are over a century old and covered several different types of media. Since then I’ve immersed myself in this discovery and figuring out how to “handle it”; to use the resources available to me to learn about it, catalog, preserve and write about it.

In this space I hope to share the knowledge and insights I gained through this experience and hopefully get others to share their interesting family stories, discoveries and archives with me.

family story keeping

Family Story Keeping
Blog type: Individual family history

There are things about your family that only you know. There are stories your parents told you that no one else will know if you don’t share them. Some day your children or grandchildren may want to know those stories. None of us know how long we will live, so now is the time to share those stories. This blog will give you ideas to help you with sharing those stories.

folk archivists blog

Folk Archivist’s Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

“Howdy folks“, to quote grandma Painter. For those of you not related to me, I am Lizaand the keeper of all things family history for both sidesof my family– my mom’s (Deacon and Akeson, Hansom, McRandal, McKinstry) and dad’s (Painter, Thompson, Smith, Acheson, Bruce, Williamson).

I have been “doing” genealogy since I was about 10 years old, and even before as I listened to Nana’s stories of the “old country” (the North of Ireland, now known as Northern Ireland). That makes it about 30 years that I have been researching, on and off. You’d think I would’ve gotten back to the beginning by now! lol. I love the research, sorting out the names and dates, fleshing out the skeletons and hunting down the missing. Yes, even banging my head repeatedly on brick walls has become enjoyable in its own way. I guess you could say I’m hooked.

With this blog, I hope to share some of my triumphs and discoveries, as well as the frustrations and difficulties. Let’s see where this might take us…

Blog type: French genealogy

Geneablog et son équipe de rédacteurs vous accueillent avec plaisir.

Pourquoi un blog alors que nous avons tous déjà des sites ? Tout simplement pour partager avec les internautes nos découvertes, nos coups de coeur, nos lectures, nos passions.

Geneablog est un espace de liberté et d’échanges entre-nous et avec vous qui passerez sur le site pour feuilleter avec curiosité, nous l’espérons, la généalogie, l’histoire, la sociologie, les articles à thème ou autres trouvailles insolites.

Les limites aux commentaires que vous pouvez laisser sont celles des bonnes moeurs, du respect d’autrui et des lois en vigueur. Les messages qui ne respecteraient ces dernières dispositions seront supprimés.

Bonne lecture à tous! France Apprill & Serge Busiau.


Blog type: French genealogy

Genealogy and history of Provence.

generation ivory

Generation Ivory
Blog type: Individual family history

The Ivory Family Association has been around since the 1980’s. The Ivory Family Association is a family history non-profit organization that is set up to find descendants of the Ivory family in Ireland, England, U.S.A. and more. The Ivory Family Association encourages anyone who is interested in Ivory family history to join and help find those missing links to the past.

history repeating

History Repeating
Blog type: UK genealogy

Hello, I’m Andrew Martin, creator of – the website that follows my research into my own Family Tree. My research is about 85% Cambridgeshire, 5% Huntingdonshire, 5% Bedfordshire and then the remaining bits include a few families in Somerset, London, Devon, Kent and Norfolk amongst others.

I began my research in 1996 and my website in 1998 and since then i’ve followed both my Maternal and Paternal trees and have been able to work with other researchers and distant relatives to take me right back to 1589 (or my Great x 13, Grandparents) in one particular tree.

its a long long journey

It’s A Long, Long Journey
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been actively doing genealogy since about 1994, when we got our first computer on which we were able to access the internet. And I have been hooked ever since. I hope to use these pages to share my journey with research, and some of the stories that I have uncovered. I hope that family members might find some of the information interesting! I have 15 years of work to share, and I continue to research. I retired a month ago so hope to have even more time and energy to put into the search!

lucies legacy

Lucie’s Legacy
Blog type: Individual family history

Remembering loved ones from the past, sharing their stories in the present, and preserving our memories for the future.

my family stuff

My Family Stuff
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

A born and bred Ausssie, I started looking for my roots around the time of Australia’s Bi-Centenial in 1988. This interest/obsession has been with me on and off since then….. Born in Portland (Australia), raised and educated in Portland and Dartmoor, we moved to Ballarat in the late 1960’s. Married, divorced, 1 boy and 1 girl, 1 grandchild and 2 god-grandchildren.

my new chimerical

My New Chimerical Kit: Genealogical Services
Blog type: Individual family history

Normally, I’m cursing the fact that my ancestors were from the South. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy to be from a long heritage of Southerners — well, for the most part. But as far as genealogy goes, it’s not a cake walk. Southern courthouses and documents often got burned in the Civil War, completely wiping out all vestige of your family’s existence. However, I was quite pleased that none of my ancestors hailed from Boston after reading today’s Forgotten English entry.

past tense

Past Tense
Blog type: Georgia genealogy, Research

Historic Preservation grad student, genealogist, and researcher who enjoys old buildings, good urban planning, and a challenging title search.

patricia craig johnson

Patricia Craig Johnson’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been doing genealogy since 1990. Is there ever an end to it? It is the ideal hobby for learning, investigating, writing, sharing.

texas history

Texas History & Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Texas genealogy

Texas history, genealogy, photographs, articles, news and other features.

the ancestral archaeologist

The Ancestral Archaeologist
Blog type: Individual family history, Research

I am one of those genealogy addicts. You might run from us at parties. I understand.

Worse, the addiction has grown beyond mere family trees. In trying to uncover my ancestry, I’ve become addicted to uncovering history lessons on topics that fascinate me, if not the rest of my household.

It started, as often happens, with the birth of a first child. When my older daughter came along, it (finally) occurred to me get serious about exploring my father’s family tree. I knew only a little, and none of it from Dad, who had died of a heart attack when I was 23.

I told myself this new hobby was for the sake of my new daughter, who might eventually wonder about a grandfather who was only a name on a photograph. I thought learning about Dad’s family might bring him close to me again. I wondered about Dad’s early heart attack, and whether genealogy would uncover useful information about genetic risk.

tracing my roots

Tracing My Roots
Blog type: Dutch genealogy, Individual family history

I live in the Netherlands, and most of my genealogy research concentrates itself on the Netherlands, and more specifically the province Zuid-Holland. However, I do have at least one branch of ancestors that originates from Germany, so that’s also an area of research for me.

travels with books

Travels With Books
Blog type: Individual family history

Travel, genealogy, history, photography, writing, scrapbooking, and books. Whenever I get the chance, I mix a few of these up together – like going to Ireland to research my ancestors, then coming home and writing about them.

value meals volga

Value Meals on the Volga
Blog type: Individual family history, German genealogy, Russian genealogy

As a second generation German from Russia, I was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph Dalhaimer and Doris Herzog. My maternal grandparents, Sophie Reimer and Fred Herzog came from Reinwald, Russia. My paternal grandparents Clementine and Johannes Dalhaimer came to the United States from Mariental, Russia in 1913. My genealogy search continues. My goal is to leave a genealogical legacy for all children.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

12 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs December 5, 2009

  1. Thanks again for highlighting these new blogs, Thomas.

    One note to Teri, the author of the Texas History & Genealogy Blog: I have read your Pennsylvania History & Genealogy Blog in the past because of my research for Small-leaved Shamrock. However, your blog does not receive comments and I could not find a way to contact you. If you read this message, I would appreciate you emailing me. Thanks!


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