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New Genealogy Blogs February 25, 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:

a parcel of ribbons

A Parcel of Ribbons
Blog type: Caribbean genealogy, Individual family history, Jamaican genealogy

Welcome to A Parcel of Ribbons, a website about Georgian Jamaica named after the parcel that Robert Cooper Lee took with him to Jamaica. Here you will find original articles, family trees, transcriptions of Wills and other documents and links to useful information resources for anyone interested in Jamaican genealogy and the history of the colonial period.

I came upon Jamaica quite by accident while researching my family history. I have always been fascinated by the past lives of ordinary people. School exam history with its emphasis on wars and acts of parliament bored me, but the lives of our ancestors, where and how they lived, that was something else.

It is a cliché, but nonetheless true, that the internet has revolutionised family history research. When I first began using a primitive computer database to record my findings almost the only website available for basic parish register data was the International Genealogical Index (IGI). Now there is a huge amount of available material and much of it is in image form reducing the need to seek out the original source in person.

I hope that by sharing here some of what I have accumulated it may prove of use or interest to others researching their Jamaican connected families, or who simply have an interest in the history of the eighteenth century.

The ‘long eighteenth century’ from the exiling of James II in 1688 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, or even the great Reform Act of 1832, is an amazing and formative period in the creation of the modern world. It is also a critical period in the history of Jamaica, from its colonisation by the British beginning in 1655, through the development of ‘King Sugar’ made possible by the enslavement of tens of thousands of Africans, to eventual emancipation in 1838 – all driven by the white Plantocracy for whom Jamaica would provide the route to a fortune or an early grave.

adventuring in ancestry

Adventuring in Ancestry
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy is more than just a journey into the past, it is an adventure that encompasses the lives of those that came before us.  Come join me on my adventure, where I journey back in time to uncover the paths that my ancestors took; the steps that led to me being here.

carolina girl genealogy

Carolina Genealogy Girl
Blog type: Individual family history

After hemming a hawing and wondering if I could do it and if anyone but me would ever care, I have decided to just jump in and start this blog.

I have been researching my family lines for well over 25 years. I am by no means an expert and still have a lot to learn.  Not only do I hope that this blog will lead me to find family connections but I hope that through my writing about my experiences, good and bad., I will be able to help someone else find their family.

I remember the first interview I had many years ago with my Grandmother. I asked her what she knew about her Daughrity family from Sumter,SC. “Oh, they all died before I was born.” she said.  “All I know is that my Grandfather and his two brothers came from Ireland during the potato famine. I don’t know anything else about their people”  She then gave me a list of names and dates. I was hooked. Since then I have discovered that we are from a long line of Daughrity/Dorritys in Sumter County,SC-no sign of the immigrant so far….no leaving Ireland because of the famine…but we have men and women of faith, Civil War Veterans and widows, farmers and day laborers. Men and woman of faith who loved their families and did all they could for them. I have discovered pictures and Bibles, census and tax records, deeds and wills. Stories of mystery and intrigue, triumph and loss have enriched the process and brought even more fun and joy to this journey.

This is an exciting time in Genealogy Research! We can network faster and easier than ever before. A click of the keyboard can bring us records that it took weeks to find when I was just starting out.  Questions can be answered in seconds with Twitter and other Social Media.  Learning to become better at what we love to do can be found by the many on line classes, webinars and videos.

I am excited to see where this new adventure will lead. Yes kids-Mom has a Twitter Account and a Blog!!!

kjn genealogy

KJN Genealogy – Dead Reckoning
Blog type: Professional genealogist

My name is Kathy Judge Nemaric, and I’m a genealogist and editor. I have been doing genealogical research for 11 years, and editing for more than 20. I began researching professionally as KJN Genealogy in 2008. I specialize in English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish research, and military records. I also have experience with South African research.

From a young age, I was exposed to different cultures while living in different countries. My fascination with family history and the past led me to the world of genealogy. There aren’t enough minutes in the day to satisfy my passion for genealogical research, or my obsession with spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

My home is on historic Amelia Island, but as a daughter of a British war bride, I am a confirmed Anglophile. I lived in Yorkshire for several years, and travel to England as often as I can.

I am the research coordinator for the Amelia Island Genealogical Society, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I studied anthropology at the University of New Mexico, and English at the University of Central Florida; my B.A. is in English with a concentration on Technical Communication.

My clients live in all corners of the world, but what they usually have in common is a link to Mother England. After all, at its peak, the British Empire was the largest formal empire the world had ever known, governing some 458 million people.

knowing nonno

Knowing Nonno
Blog type: Individual family history, Italian genealogy

I’ve played with the idea of creating a blog related to my interest in genealogy since I started exploring the subject more seriously about three years ago.  I’ve avoided it mainly for fear that it would be a vain, self-indulgent effort that would have very little value.  However, earlier this month, I attended the RootsTech conference, and my perspective changed drastically.  There I learned that though I am not a genealogy expert I need to do my part to nurture this precious, emotional pursuit.  It’s done a lot for me, and by sharing my successes, failures, and whatever knowledge I’ve gained, I hope others as well as I might gain at least a little…If not, perhaps this “vain, self-indulgent effort” might serve as good cousin bait.

I am particularly concerned about the state of Italian genealogy.  Please don’t get me wrong…There are many passionate, knowledgeable people out there dedicated to the field.  Some of these individuals can be found via the links along the right.  However, as I’ve become more involved in the broader genealogy community, I can’t help but feel that individuals of Italian descent are underrepresented when it comes to shaping genealogy’s future.  Therefore, I also hope to do my part to change that.

I’ve chosen to launch this blog on a very symbolic day for me, February 12.  In fact, it represents the main reason I began exploring genealogy in the first place.  Like many first born males of Italian descent, I was named after my parternal nonno (grandfather), Damiano De Virgilio.  Even as I was growing up, his disappearance while serving in the Italian army during World War II cast a very long shadow over the lives of my immediate family.  All we knew was that he was taken prisoner by the Germans in Rhodes after the Italian armistice of September 8, 1943.  After that, his fate was a complete mystery.

looking for my roots

Looking For My Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been doing genealogical research for my family (my very large extended family) since  1992. (Why I actually started will be a topic for a future blog post.)

My roots are from the island of Puerto Rico with an extended family that have roots in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Africa, India as well as various parts of the Caribbean and South America.

My research journey is far from over and look forward to sharing my passion for genealogy, as well as a thirst to understand the history of the world that my ancestors experienced.

Hopefully, this site will inspire your quest as well.

only god can make a tree

Only God Can Make a Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been actively pursuing my genealogy since 2010 and have unearthed a treasure trove of information.  Well…at least it is a treasure to me.

The French branch of my family hails from the Nord Pas-de-Calais area where they were coal miners and they came to America to continue to mine coal. They ended up working the coal fields of Franklin County, Illinois, where many of their bodies rest beneath the soil.

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I didn’t pay more attention to my grandparents’ talking about their family history.  As a child, I didn’t find it of much interest, as an adult, I would hang now on every word. If I could go back in time, I would sit at my great grandmother’s kitchen table with my grandfather at my side sipping a cup of coffee in a china teacup, a French pastry on the plate and a tape recorder capturing their stories.  They didn’t have much in the way of material possessions but they were rich, indeed.

Strong, dark coffee and coal dust runs deep in my veins.

poore boys in gray

Poore Boys in Gray
Blog type: Individual Family History, Military History, Writing Your Family History

About The Book

In the new ebook Poore Boys In Gray you can discover the Civil War through the stories of the three Poore brothers from the Piney Woods of Mississippi. Follow them on battlefields from Manassas to Appomattox. Learn about their family’s struggle to survive against Union raiders, Confederate tax agents, and the South’s most famous insurrections—the Knight Company. The Poore family witnessed many of the era’s most important events, events that shaped the future of American society and every person in it. You can buy Poore Boys In Gray on

About This Blog

The Poore Boys In Gray blog is the online companion to the ebook. Here you can:

  • Share your comments about the book.
  • Provide updates and corrections to facts in the book.
  • Learn tips for researching and writing your own family history.
  • Discover sources that can reveal information about your family during the Civil War.
  • Connect and work with others on your family history.

san joaquin gen soc

San Joaquin Genealogical Society
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogical society blog

Welcome to the brand-new blog of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society located in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California.   The purpose of this blog is to communicate information more timely and efficiently and to encourage and promote interaction with you – the membership.

Up at the top of the page are a number of tabs, including FAQ About Blogs.  Make yourself at home – click on each one of the tabs for more information about the society.

In the weeks and months ahead, we plan to share information about our meetings, events, and other exciting projects. We hope you will become a regular visitor!   If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.

spartan roots

Spartan Roots
Blog type: Greek genealogy, Individual family history

My name is Carol Kostakos Petranek, and I am of Greek ancestry with roots in villages near Sparta. My paternal grandparents (Andrew John Kostakos & Hariklia Aridas) and maternal grandfather (Ilias Papagiannakos/Louis Pappas) were born in Agios Ioannis (St. Johns), and my maternal grandmother (Angelina Eftaxias) was born in Mystras. I love family history research and have been tracing my roots for the past 30 years. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in a predominantly Greek neighborhood close to extended family. I live in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and work as a volunteer Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center and a genealogy aide/project aide  at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. I am always updating and adding new information through continuing research. I also have a genealogy website which has a detailed family tree at:  Please email me. I would love to hear from you!

the ancestor files

The Ancestor Files: The Truth is Out There
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my genealogy blog.

I’ve been exploring my family history for more years than I can remember.  I literally started at my mother’s knee.  My mom, Maxine (Price, Greiner) Brown, was an avid, meticulous genealogist.  All of us in the family (and there were 6 of us kids) were recruited at one time or another to take notes, endure cemetery visits, and fend for ourselves while Mom attended meetings or visited court houses.  I swore I would never succumb.  And here I am …….

The majority of my ancestors immigrated to America from western Europe and the British Isles.  They settled on the eastern seaboard, then eventually migrated to Indiana.  I’ll be sharing my findings as I continue to research my ancestors.  I’m convinced, as was Fox Mulder in The X-Files, that the truth is indeed out there somewhere.  I just need to keep looking.

the 1940 census blog

The 1940 US Census Blog
Blog type: Research blog

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a national service project established to make the census records of the “Greatest Generation” accessible and searchable online. Volunteers around the world are joining,, and other project organizers and volunteers to transcribe these priceless census records—giving others the opportunity to connect with their past, while at the same time connecting with their own.

yesterdays mysteries

Yesterday’s Mysteries
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

Robert has been a professional genealogist since December 2010 and has received very positive ratings from his customers.

Robert specializes in tearing down so called genealogy brick walls. These are dead ends in the research of family members in your family tree. I specialize in that “outside the box” thinking that lets me get the job done for you.

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