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New Genealogy Blogs February 18, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 13 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:

ancestor stalker

Ancestor Stalker
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

I am a professional researcher and have over a dozen years of client experience to back it up. As I am passionate about genealogy, I have also been a dedicated researcher of my own family lines.  I previously collaborated with as an Expert researcher for countless clients.  Due to my interest in genetic genealogy, I am the Administrator of over a half dozen Y-DNA Surname Projects and an mtDNA Project with well over 100 members.  See my webpage for more details: DNA Admin Page.

I currently reside in Columbia, Maryland with my beautiful wife and children.  I attend the University of Maryland, working toward a Masters in Information Systems which will be complete in 2013.

bottino italian genealogy

Bottino Italian Genealogy-Forno Canavese
Blog type: Individual family history, Italian genealogy

I am a retired professor from the University of Maryland. I worked there for 30 years Teaching genetics, and Botany.

This blog that is concerned with identifying my Italian ancestors. My grandfather, Giovanni Bottino immigrated to the United States in 1893. He eventually ended up in Castle Gate Utah. He was a coal miner. My father James Bottino was born in 1902.

bushwhacking genealogy

Bushwhacking Genealogy: Kalamazoo and Beyond
Blog type: Michigan genealogy

I want to share the sources I have found for doing genealogy and family history in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the surrounding area.  I grew up in Kalamazoo, but naturally, only began doing genealogy after I moved away.

fannies your aunt

Fannies Your Aunt
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Patricia Ann Black ( Pickens) . I work in the field of retail management, have done so since 1982. I am married to Patrick, 5 years now. We have two cats Miss Daisy and Cosmo.

I have been doing genealogy research for about 16 years now. I will be updating my findings, posting pics and a family history as I go. I also have a twitter so you can follow me there as well as Facebook . My family originates from Ireland and Scotland. The names are listed on the surname page. They have migrated to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. I hope you find my blog interesting.


Blog type: Greek genealogy

Hello everybody! I’m Gregory Kontos, a Greek genealogist. Two years ago, I took up building my family tree. Till now, I have managed to find not only the names, but also a great deal of information about my ancestors back to 1770!

Do you also have Greek roots? Due to my intense work and the records I have in my hands, I can provide you with assistance to build your own family tree. Just take contact with me and trace your Greek ancestors!

james county historical society

James County, Tennessee, Historical Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Tennessee genealogy

Today, begins a new era for me. I am stepping outside of my box and am putting myself out there for everyone to see. I have always feared writing, for it showed my inadequacies in spades. But, I have so much to share with everyone, that I thought  I would give it a shot. I have been awarded the privilege of access to the James County Historical Society archive. I know that you, along with me, want to see what they have and, in the process, learn about this lost county of Tennessee. Together, we will learn about the history of the county, the people that inhabited it and what motivated them. I would love for this to be a joint effort between you and me. There will be things that I know about from the listed documents and some details that you may know more than I.  For instance, I will post a picture of a family from the area, but will not know who they are. Hopefully, someone out there will have the answers. I am looking forward to this process of archiving the Society’s information.  Please forward all comments and pictures that you have, as well.

johnson county genealogical society

Johnson County Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Texas genealogy

The Johnson County Genealogical Society originated in 1984 from the efforts of the founders to collect as well as preserve genealogical and historical information about the people of Johnson County, Texas.  Its purpose is to inform as well as aid members in genealogical research and to publish records of interest to those seeking their genealogical background.

picking up breadcrumbs

Picking Up Breadcrumbs
Blog type: Individual family history

A few years ago, my father handed me a flash drive with a copy of our family tree on it. I’ve dabbled in working on it, but there is already so much done. I never thought I’d be able to pick up on dead ends that my family was having. I set it aside.

Recently, we moved to Oklahoma so that I could be a stay at home mom. This gave me time to pursue my interests. One of them was that flash drive. In January, Dad was out for a visit and we went to the local family history library to get some information. I saw a sign asking for volunteers. I signed up. Since that time, I’ve managed to not only make huge strides in working on my step-mothers family tree, but make huge breakthroughs in my own family history. Some of the breakthroughs were things that I never thought I would have. Ever.

I decided to start a blog after listening to Lisa Louise Cooke’s seminar on blog and podcasts at Rootstech 2012. Lisa runs the Genealogy Gems podcast, and she mentioned how much could be done, just by posting a blog and discussing my progress. So… here we are.

Since my parents worked so hard on our family history, I can’t really say that I’m working on my family tree, since all of the obvious work has already been done. Right now, I feel like Hansel and Gretel wandering through the woods following a breadcrumb trail. I’m looking for the bits, pieces, hints and clues that will lead me to places that my parents never managed to reach. I’m gathering breadcrumbs by locating the documents to support the work that is already complete, and making sure that the work that has been done is accurate. Unfortunately this also means that a beginner at genealogy is working on projects at a much higher skill level than I now possess. I’m hoping that by logging my progress and trials, I can reach out to the genealogy community for help and guidance, but maybe some other poor sap in my situation will be able to learn from my dumb mistakes.

I’m sure there will be plenty to learn from.

the genealogy workshop

The Genealogy Workshop
Blog type: UK genealogy

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Nicola Elsom,  I grew up in north Essex and my personal family history research has centered on Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and London.

Upon leaving school, I also left Essex to study Biology at Oxford University, after which I trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant in London. In recent years I have continued to live in London and have been a  full time mum to my two children.

I began researching my family history in 1997, and I find myself, in 2012, absolutely amazed at the changes that have taken place in the world of Genealogy in 15 years.  Every time I return to my research there is a new website, a new index, a new catalogue at an archive, and countless other new means to push forward my research.

There have been times when I have felt I could barely keep up with the changes, and I have resolved that in 2012 I will not only explore the many new resources  at the disposal of family historians, but I will share some of my work via this blog with the hope of informing and inspiring others.  I aim to make this blog a source of information on the developments in English family history research.   I also plan to widen my research to take in other sources that I have not previously explored.

I have always been as interested in learning about the lives of my ancestors, as I have in searching for names from ever earlier dates, and I hope to uncover more stories of their lives.

And finally, no, that’s not me in the photo, although I am thinking of starting a collection of vintage hats.  Her name is Isobel Elsom and she was a film star.  I’ll blog about her one day.

the mgc sentinel

The MGC Sentinel
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Massachusetts genealogy

Greetings! The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) is very excited to introduce our new blog, The MGC Sentinel. With this new vehicle of communication we hope to provide another source of information on issues concerning legislation that threatens access to public records.

The MGC Sentinel will not be restricted to legislative issues –– we will also provide updates about our annual seminar and anything else we think might interest members of the genealogical community. It will be free and open to the public. We are in the planning stages for our July 21st seminar, “Ethnicity and Genealogy,” so stay tuned for some exciting news! We’re aiming to present the best MGC seminar ever. Big shoes to fill, but we can try!

You will note that our new blog’s logo has repetitions of the Boston State House in different colors and intensities. This is meant to reflect the different reactions that we all have as individuals to one fact. We all see things differently. We will showcase a variety of authors, each writing in his or her individual voice, mostly MGC Executive Board members, but occasionally we would like to host guest bloggers as well. It is my fervent wish that readers will leave comments telling us their own experiences in making their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in their local state governments. It is our aim to make sure that by displaying all of the colors and letting all voices be heard we will come out with a true representation of the facts.

the national archives uk

The National Archives Blog
Blog type: Genealogy library blog, UK genealogy

The National Archives is the UK government’s official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.

We’ll be posting about anything and everything archives-related. Please do respond to individual bloggers via the comments. If you have any suggestions or comments about the blog in general, contact us via

the social media guide

The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research
Blog type: Genealogy education, Research

A blog to accompany the book The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research by Claire V. Brisson-Banks.

throwaway map

Throwaway Map
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been researching my own ancestry since I was 19 years old; almost twenty years ago at this point. I have bits and pieces of my ideas scattered on paper, old websites, and blog posts on services that don’t exist anymore. I figured it was time to put it all in one place.

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