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New Genealogy Blogs February 11, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 22 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using any follow feature listed on the blog
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

a ukrainian canadian story

A Ukrainian Canadian Story
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, Ukrainian genealogy

I have always been interested in genealogy, probably because there was so much I never thought I’d know about my ancestors. My mother is of Latvian descent, and for a long time I believed that probably little to no records from this tiny, tumultuous country existed (this is entirely untrue, and I have made quite good progress in finding my Latvian ancestors!).

My father, on the other hand, was adopted. We didn’t talk about it much, and he never sought out information about his biological parents. We speculated he could be of Italian or Portuguese descent from his complexion. Then one day, he was contacted by a biological sister who had been hunting down information for decades. We learned that my biological grandparents were of Ukrainian-French Canadian and Italian-French Canadian descent. My father and my newfound aunt stayed in contact through letters and phone calls for years; she lives a fair distance away. Then, more recently (and I’m still not quite sure how!) she discovered the identities (and surnames)of their biological parents. Finally! With surnames, I could begin digging into our genealogy!

This blog will be about my father’s father’s, father’s family, the Ukrainians. Interesting, because this would be the surname I would have been given at birth, had my father’s adoption not taken place. From speaking with relatives, this is what I know:

Dan Koslak and his wife Annie (or “Baba” and “Geegee”, as grandparents are known in Ukrainian) lived in Winnipeg. They had sons Mike and Pat, and a daughter named Mary or Marie. Dan had siblings Harry who married a “Keilback” and Mary who married a “Faduck” or “Faduk”. Annie’s maiden name had been Benzik, but not much else was known about her.

With this new information, I hurriedly logged in to, eager to find Passenger Lists, Censuses and birth records.

ancestor chasing

Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history, Irish genealogy

My main interest is genealogy.  My ancestry is Australian, New Zealand, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Germany (Prussia). My first ancestors arrived in Australia from Edinburgh Scotland in 1840.I love internet social networking.

ancestral breezes

Ancestral Breezes
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog

A blog completed devoted to my journey in genealogy; as a family historian, as a professional researcher and as a student. Serving the high country to the western slope of Colorado, we are Summit County’s only genealogy research service.

decatur county history

Decatur County History
Blog type: Genealogy library blog, Indiana genealogy

This blog is brought to you by the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library with contributions from:

Greg Meyer, Local Historian 

Greg has made enormous contributions to our local history collection over the years, making information more accessible to researchers and genealogists all over the country. He has compiled lists of Decatur County’s graduates, indexed local church and census records, added photos to Find a Grave, and volunteered his time indexing records for Family Search. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Decatur County and surrounding areas, and he has a wonderful collection of Oldenburg postcards. Greg’s column appears on the first Friday of each month.

Lori Osting, Librarian 

Lori became intrigued by/obsessed with local history and genealogy in 2010 when some research revealed that she is a little bit French. She now spends an unreasonable amount of time in cemeteries. When she’s not blogging on Decatur County History, she’s blogging about her own family’s history and life on a Hoosier Homestead farm at A Little Bit French.

More contributors coming soon!


Blog type: Individual family history

I am a librarian at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, with a special interest in genealogy and local history. For more than 11 years, I’ve worked closely with local societies and researchers, both in assisting them with their research and in giving programs to their local groups. My position at the Library has given me an interesting perspective on research, resources, and technological trends.

With this blog, I’m going to write about and comment on some of the things that I’ve learned in my professional career and personal research. A little “Behind the Reference Desk” mixed with some research tales, triumphs, and struggles.

My own research has taken me to Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Quincy (IL), Washington County (PA), and dozens of places in-between, not to mention a number of outstanding genealogical libraries and archives. Balancing my personal research with my career, all the while raising two daughters with my wife has been a high-wire act, to say the least!

The photo above shows the headstones for Frederic and Amelia Bergfeld Jarand in Woodland Cemetery, located in Quincy, Illinois.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

generation promise

Generation Promise
Blog type: Crafts blog

There are 3 parts of family memory keeping that are part of the crafting/scrapbooking world. First is Living History, what is happening now, the trip to the zoo, last years family reunion etc. Second, memories from days gone by, our ancestors, where they came from and how their experiences helped to shape us into who we are today, and finally staying in touch with the family that we have now, but don’t see as often. I would like to spend a little time each week on all 3 of these.

hard honesty

Hard Honesty
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

Monk, slave-named Estill (D c1835), saved the life of James Berry (c1752-1822) – my 4x-gr-grandfather – in March, 1782. Following a deadly skirmish with Wyandot warriors near Boonesborough, Kentucky, Monk carried my ancestor to safetyn 20-40 miles distant, on his back. Monk’s owner was killed. He was freed by James Estill’s heir and went on to do amazing things for his beseiged community.

My thesis is – ultimately – to account for differences between half brothers who differed about slavery in 1849. My 2x-gr-grandfather, James Berry Turner (c1820-aft1867) attended an Emancipation Convention that year while his brother Squire Turner (1793-1871)successfully sought election to Kentucky’s Constitutional Convention … and became a prime force for codifying a right to property (slaves) in the 1850 document.

I am seeking to establish relationship with Monk’s descendants and would like you to raise the profile of my blog.

historias genealogy genius

Historia’s Genealogy Genius
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Genealogy education, UK genealogy

I want to write articles about Genealogy – helping you to create your family tree, showing you where to look for information and so on. Since most information available online is geared towards Americans, my articles will be geared towards Canada and the UK since I have experience with those places.

hugos musings

Hugo’s Musings
Blog type: Individual family history

I was born and raised in Tomball Texas.  I retired from banking after forty two years. One of the interests at this time of my life is family history & genealogy.


Blog type: Individual family history

Kleager-Klaeger-Klager blog is where I want to share the genealogy and family history I am discovering about my Kleager ancestors. I am the grand-daughter of Frank August Kleager and “Eleanor” Ella Elizabeth Sophie Drewel Kleager Wiese.

mocavo blog

Mocavo Blog
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog

Mocavo is the world’s largest free genealogy search engine.

my portuguese gen

My Portuguese Gen
Blog type: Portuguese genealogy

History and art has been always part of my life in many aspects, from academic studies in Museology and Art History through hands on painting with acrylics or watercolors, ceramics, book arts and now working with Book Conservation and Restoration. Genealogy, a passion that started in my young years, turned out more serious and I decided to follow my ancestry in a more deep way. Besides that, I studied Paleography many years ago and again now it’s part of my every day, a new endeavor in my life and so necessary when it’s time to translate and transcribe all documents that comes to my hands. Thank you for taking time to read my profile, Isabella Baltar.

my twisted tree

My Twisted Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Kelli Abrecht. Welcome to my family tree blog. I hope to meet others (related or not) that share my passion for genealogy. I will also provide history and stories of Braddock Heights and Frederick, Maryland. Merry Meet to all.


Blog type: Dutch genealogy, Individual family history, UK genealogy

My name is Lisa and I have a Dutch father and an English mother. I have been researching my ancestors for about five years now, and on this fascinating journey I have collected interesting articles, personal papers, facts and insights about my ancestors. I thought it would be nice to share this with family members and other people that might also be interested.

My mission is to document the life of my direct ancestors, try to give them a face, if not with pictures then with articles about the places they lived, the jobs they did.

Next to stories about my ancestors I will also share my research adventures, post about sources I find, archives I visit, websites I like, the tools I use.

If you think we might have ancestors in common you will want to see my Family Tree where you will find the result of my research complete with sources and notes, documents and photographs. If we have an ancestor in common please drop me a line. I would love to compare notes.


Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

Looking into our past helps us make sense of the present and plan for the future. This Blog is about how researching our family history helps us understand where we came from and who we are today. I will share both my research, tips how to get started looking into your own genealogy and thoughts about how this beautiful process will change your life.

Together with my oldest son, I started a family tree on Little did I know that this tree would change my life. The bare branches of this tree made me realize how little I knew about my roots. As I began to explore my family history, I discovered that the more I knew, there more I wanted to know. I embarked on a life changing journey which transformed my life. I became an avid genealogist, I published a small part of my research in my first non-fiction book and I began this blog. I was born in Israel and moved to the Boston area at the age of thirteen. Before I dedicated myself to writing, my life took an unusual path. I studied biology at Brandeis University then medicine at University of Massachusetts, but left my medical career, choosing to raise my family with my husband in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In Mexico I became involved with the many entrepreneurial endeavors. Currently I reside back in the Boston area, am the proud mother of three sons, and own a Cultural Center in Mexico.

probably arboreal

Probably Arboreal
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

A little bit about me: I’m female, twenty-six and when not researching my family tree, I mostly like to read, shop and drink tea or dry martini! I don’t want to use this blog as a means to carry out or share my actually research. However, in due course I will add a list of surname and location interests. If you want to check out my family tree, you can find me on ancestry. Username: newbylf. Feel free email me at

rvgs blog

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Oregon genealogy

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) is located in Southern Oregon in the Rogue River Valley. Initial settlement in the valley was spurred by a gold strike in Jacksonville Oregon, but agriculture later superseded gold as the major economic activity in this area. The Rogue Valley is now renowned for its fruits and wines and Medford’s symbol is the pear, as illustrated in the vintage posters shown at the right.

RVGS was founded in 1966 and now owns and operates the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL), the largest collection of genealogical materials in Southern Oregon. To access the library website, follow this link, JCGL. The objectives of the society are to acquire genealogical research and educational materials; to preserve and protect the JCGL collection; to maintain a library of genealogical and historical interest; and to educate interested persons on the value of genealogy.

sherlocks genealogical adventure

Sherlock’s Genealogical Adventures
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy industry, Professional genealogist

My name is Tim Firkowski, I have been around since 1963 and I am hoping that you will allow me to bring your family history to life.

I have been doing genealogy research on my family since 2002. My father was born in Poland in 1942, but my grandparents left Poland when he was six months old. Since he came to the USA with his parents and sister, he has always tried to find someone with his same last name in the US during his travels, and was never successful. My interest in Genealogy started by meeting Lukasz Firkowski on ICQ.  He had the same last name as I did and we wanted to know how we were related. Within the first two years of research together Lukasz & I located over 1300 members of our family, by 2006 we had located over 2300.  Thousands of hours were spent in gathering information and “assembling” our family.  It was like the biggest Jigsaw puzzle ever made. Our research was so complete and extensive that the First Firkowski Family Reunion was held in Poland in 2004. At that First Firkowski Family Reunion, family members attending numbered 202 from six countries.  The story of our research efforts have been featured in six newspapers, and on a Polish radio program.

I am a member of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society, and the Polish Genealogical Society of America. I am President and member of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist (NEAPG), As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists(APG), I fully adhere to the Association’s “Code of Ethics”. I have been a volunteer at a local Family History Center since 2003, so that I could help others with their research.  I am a volunteer in the Poznan Project and a researcher for the Bujewski Worldwide organization.  I get GREAT satisfaction from guiding others in finding their ancestors, as I will do with yours. This has given me a great amount of experience in this field.

It is ironic that genealogy is a research into history, as, in the past, I have not had an interest in history, in general.  But looking back at my life, as I write this background on myself, I remember how much I used to enjoy biographies. During junior high & high school, I was a volunteer in both of the school libraries. As a youth, I also helped organize a library for Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers, WI.  My language accomplishments include studying eight years of Spanish, one year of French, learning German while living in West Germany for two years, & at present I am learning some Polish.  I have traveled to a number of different countries and have enjoyed every trip and every country that I have been to & have learned a lot on each trip.

I enjoy the creation of detailed and organized records through methodical information gathering and as an electronic technician; I enjoy the challenge of searching and solving problems.   From early on in life I had an interest in computer programming, which developed into my interest in website design.  My interest in photography has been with me since I was a child.

All of these talents (and many more) have helped me in my research for my family and will help me as I research YOUR family!

the bees knees daily

The Bees Knees Daily
Blog type:  Georgia genealogy, Research blog

The purpose of this blog is to have a home for my newspaper transcriptions and to share them with others. I’ve always loved history and started doing genealogy research in 2000.  Learning more about my great-grandmother was an inspiration to continue on with this addicting hobby.

Early on, I discovered old newspapers and found them fascinating.  It didn’t take long for me to learn what a great resource they are. Not only do they contain obituaries and wedding announcements, but also social columns, church news, recipes, property/estate sales, local news, politics, historical articles and the advertisements of the day.

Every now and then I come across a real treasure in the paper. It causes me to think there’s someone out there related to this individual/family who may never know about it.  What a shame that would be!  Yet another reason for my blog.

When I read newspapers from long ago, it’s like going back in time. It helps to give me a better understanding of what life was like for my ancestors in the context of the times they lived in.  In a small way, I feel this is a means to preserve the past and keep alive the memory of the people in these news articles.

I’ve used Georgia newspapers to transcribe from and most articles are related to people and places in Georgia.  When it’s possible, articles from other states are included.  For the most part, I’ve tried to keep the articles in their original form.  This means you will see words not capitalized, sometimes misspelled and a word in parenthesis, is a correction I’ve added. There’s a search button if you are looking for something in particular.

I’d love to hear your comments and I’m glad to answer questions if I can.    Please visit often as I plan to add content on a daily basis.

the dead relative collector

The Dead Relative Collector
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been actively researching my family genealogy for almost 20 yrs! I became interested when I was 12 years old, and have been hot on the trail of long dead relatives ever since! While I have many other interests, and boring life responsibilities, like a job… I’ve never lost interest in searching for my ancestors.

rankin family history project

The Rankin Family History Project
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a native Californian whose roots are in Missouri and Pennsylvania. My interest in genealogy began when I was very young. While most of my grammar school classmates were born outside the US or were children of immigrant parents, I had no idea who my immigrant ancestors were or how they came to America. I also had no idea how to do the research so it took me a long time to get started.

The breakthrough came in 1996 when we got our first internet connection at home. One afternoon I discovered people were writing about genealogy online and sharing family information. The “how-to” information was the most valuable. This was what I needed. That first day I responded to an on-line query and the contact turned out to be a previously unknown second cousin. I started visiting my local Family History Center on a weekly basis.

In 1998 I happened to be in Washington DC and was able spend half a day at the National Archives. That was the day that I found my Welsh gg-grandparents and their four children on a 1895 passenger list and I finally had my own immigrant story.

I wanted to be able to share my discoveries so I began taking classes in web design and computer graphics. The Rankin Family History Project website began as the final project in my first HTML class. Technology has changed a lot from those early days. The last updates to the site were in 2005 and it looks very dated. Rather than a complete overhaul, I’ve decided to move to a blog format. This will allow me to easily update the old information, and quickly post new discoveries.

two caledonias

Two Caledonias
Blog type: Individual family history, Scottish genealogy

Two Caledonias is a genealogy project that traces my family history on both my maternal Scottish (the Old Caledonia) and paternal New Caledonian and French sides. I’ve always been interested in this, having grown up in a Glaswegian expat pocket in New Jersey, and with tales of the South Pacific from my father and my grandparents. By creating this blog, I hope to share what I’ve learned to date, and hope that more of my family will participate in the project and contribute to the blog. I also hope that we’ll discover more ‘new’ family, as has already happened, along the way. If you’re new here, I suggest you click the “New Here” button above and to the right for suggestions how to use this site.

For those of you not related to me, my name is Sharon Sandra Aponte and, although I’m an amateur genealogist, I’m a museum and archives professional. My family history is, of course, the principal focus of this site, but I also hope to share some solid information on the preservation of photos, documents, and heirloom objects, as well as managing information in databases, on paper, and online. Travel and geography are a preoccupation of mine: I have lived and worked in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and now Denver, as well as Belize, Guatemala and Qatar. India was a dream come true. I was finally able to visit my family in New Caledonia in 2010, and Glasgow and rural France are next on the list. Places and the contexts in which my family lived will figure prominently in the writing here.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

3 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs February 11, 2012

  1. I continue to be amazed at the number of new genealogy related blogs. Thank you, Thomas, for continuing this wonderful service to us, to share these new adventures, both for them, and for us! 😉

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