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New Genealogy Blogs February 5, 2011

new genealogy blogs

[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 35 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,695 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:

about our freedom

About Our Freedom
Blog type: African-American genealogy, US Civil War blogs

Our Goal 150 Years Later… To help people break free from the limitations which stem from lack of knowledge, misconceptions, and distractions in order to experience freedom to the fullest extent and to leave a legacy for future posterity.

This is to be accomplished through:

  • Understanding history and it’s many interpretations
  • Finding our voice in history
  • Connecting with ancestors or their contemporaries

abruzzo journal

Abruzzo Journal
Blog type: Individual family history, Italian genealogy, Polish genealogy

Researching family from the Abruzzo region of southern Italy, including Serramonocesca, San Salvo and Popoli.

Also researching family from the Podlachia region of Polond, including Bialystok, Knyszyn, Penskie, Dlugoleka, and the Podkarpackie region, including Brzyska Wola.

I have been working on these genealogy projects for many years, and have only recently started the blog to share information.

bayern roots

Bayern Roots
Blog type: German genealogy, Individual family history

In the past few months I renewed my interest in tracing my ancestors. I think the popularity of the show Who Do You Think You Are has renewed my interest. I have found that not only am I learning about my ancestors but I am also learning about history. For example, my great-great grandfather traveled to the United States to spare his boys from being conscripted in the Bavarian Army. Ironically my grandfather emigrated at a time of growing unrest in the US and found himself fighting in the Civil War. Each document you find helps to tell a story and along the way you also learn some history. This blog will be my place to share tips and tricks I have learned along the way.


Blog type: Individual family history

We are excited to announce that the Beaudoin-Laroche family reunion group is taking a big step and going Digital! We hope that this will make our activities more accessible to everyone and that it will foster a closer “family ” feeling to the reunion planning! Check back often for updates and please please feel free to join us! This site has a translator so that it may be viewed in any language,

We look forward to hearing from you ! Do you have Pictures? Family recipes or Stories you would like to share? I have provided a few genealogy links that may interest you ; please tell us if you are looking for information or have some to share!

borders family history

Borders Family History Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blogs, Scottish genealogy, UK genealogy

We’re here to help people with their family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland.

civil war emancipation

Civil War Emancipation Blog
Blog type: African-American genealogy, US Civil War blogs

With the sesquicentennial commemoration of the U.S. Civil War well underway, I thought I would join in by starting a blog on emancipation.  While there are plenty of subjects to focus on when studying this conflict, freedom for the slaves is IMHO the most important.  At its heart, slavery caused the Civil War and emancipation was its most important result.  So a blog with this focus is much needed.

So in ”Civil War Emancipation” I will do the following: 1) commemorate important milestones in emancipation in the Civil War as their 150th anniversary arrives in the sesquicentennial; 2) discuss noteworthy publications on this subject; 3) comment on current events related to the Civil War and emancipation; 4) plus write on whatever else comes to mind that is appropriate.

Please feel free to make comments and suggestions for the Civil War Emancipation blog.  I would like it as much as possible to be of service to its readership.  And please forgive the mistakes I make because I’m a novice blogger.

conner trails of NC

Conner Trails of North Carolina
Blog type: Individual family history, North Carolina genealogy

I’m Jane and I started this blog to publish tidbits of research on the Conner family of North Carolina. My hope is that others will read  the tidbits and match it with one of their tidbits to complete the puzzle of the Conner Family.

  • Where did they first migrate from into the North Carolina territory?
  • Which dock did they first step onto when immigrating to the Americas?
  • Is there a Conner Family Bible for the Conner Family of Rutherford, Lincoln and McDowell Counties of North Carolina?
  • Who else is researching the Conner Family?
  • I have found Conners who migrated to Indiana, Missouri and Texas….Are they connected? How?

So… you can tell that genealogy is a pass-time for me, especially the Conner Family. I can’t wait to share some of the tidbits I have in my 6,000 name genealogy collection with the anticipation of finding out what tidbits are out there.

cudmore family

Cudmore Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been researching my Cudmore family for several years.  I am hoping with this blog we will be able to compare research information and put together more pieces of the family history puzzle.  Feel free to leave a post and pass the address of this site on to others.

deal with your past

Deal With Your Past
Blog type:  Individual family history

As a career person in my twenties and through years of raising three children, it seemed I was focused on the future more often than the past. A few years ago, when I survived an encounter with cancer, I came to appreciate the present, the gift of every precious day. Now, I have time to myself when I choose, to garden, to knit, and to look back, with interest and at times with the passion of a detective, at my family’s past.

The matriarch who inspired me to start genealogy research was Nana, my great-grandmother, who died just before her 108th birthday, in 1987. I had the privilege of meeting her once on a visit to the UK, but most of what I know of her life has been shared with me by dozens of descendants. Many of them continue to hold an annual reunion that started as a birthday celebration for our dear Nana.

With just a little research, I have found some stunning information about another great-grandmother, Charlotte. Her story led me to understand very clearly that my passion is not so much for their dates and facts, but for their stories. The more I can discover of their times and lives, the more I understand what my story should be.

family cherished

Family Cherished
Blog type: Individual family history

Discovering your family stories, creating everyday rituals, traditions and practices that bring joy to your life…throwing in genealogy and tech tips and helps along the way.

family folklore blog

Family Folklore Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

My interest in family history was ignited by the death of Raymond Coulson, a cousin of my paternal grand-mother.  Tracking down the beneficiaries of his estate got me hooked and led me on to research the tales passed down the generations.  The story continues …

family history and IT tips

Family History and IT Tips
Blog type: Genealogy education blogs, Technology blogs

As its a new year I decided to start in a new blog as a starting point for setting myself up in business later this year. My original blog will carry on with the personal stuff and anything to do with product reviews and also hints and tips will now appear on here instead.

If you have any questions relating to IT or family history then please post them on here and I will do my best to answer them! Anyone wanting a review done on products or books then please get in touch.

Ge-ne-al-o-gy 101

Ge-ne-al-o-gy 101
Blog type: Genealogy education

This blog site is intended for those who have started thinking about or have just started doing genealogy. The word genealogy comes from the Greek genea which means “race”, “family”. It is added to the Greek logia which means “akin”. Thus the akin family! It is an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor.

Hopefully this blog will provide an avenue to assist those who have an interest in beginning their families’ account. It will help you do your own families’ story and genealogy. All you have to do is ask the questions regarding how to start. I have been doing this genealogy stuff for more than 50 years and would like to help those who have an interest in beginning this tree climbing adventure. So if you have a question, post it under comments. We can then begin a conversation.

genealogy for kids

Genealogy for Kids
Blog type: Genealogy education

Hi I’m Jen! I am a professional genealogist, genealogy educator and author living in the Chicagoland area. I’m a mom of three very active boys, all who are interested in their family histories as long as mom can tell interesting stories or grab their attention with a fun activity.

My interest in genealogy began in 1996 when I completed a project for a history class. Since that time it has blossomed and become a higher priority since I had children. I made the move from hobbyist to professional genealogist in 2010 and am expanding my genealogy business to include the education of children.

Children stay engaged in genealogy and family history as long as the activities are fun and keep their attention. I believe they must be challenging, hands on, and include some history. I also believe we must incorporate history into our family stories and view our families within their historical context, not ours.

Will you join me in educating children about their pasts? Stop by often to see what’s new.

genealogy ink

Genealogy Ink
Blog type: Genealogy education, Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

An avid genealogist, Robin has been researching her family tree for almost 20 years. Her roots are deep in Boston and New England, though her ancestors have led her on a merry chase throughout the United States and Scotland as well. Robin is a longtime member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Genealogy Society, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and the USGenWeb. She’s also a freelance writer, editor, and researcher.

geneabloggers radio

GeneaBloggers Radio
Blog type: Genealogy industry blog, Genealogy podcasts

GeneaBloggers takes to the airwaves with its new radio show! GeneaBloggers is a community of genealogists and family historians who augment their passion for genealogy by blogging. We currently have over 1,600 genealogy blogs listed in our blogroll from around the world and have a vibrant and vocal group of people seeking to define what it is to be a genealogist in the 21st century.

the gerke family

Gerke Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

This is my first blog. It was created while listening to GeneaBloggers Radio, a link I had received on Twitter.  I’ve been working on my family tree for ten years, since the age of 19. Growing up, my mom had a wall full of old family photographs, mostly from her side of the family. She had books and books on her family genealogy, all researched by a cousin of mine. But my dad had nothing but a couple of pictures.

Everything was such a mystery, and everyone on his side had already passed away when I started my journey. No one had written anything down, and not having any idea of what I was doing, the first few years were a struggle.

Ten years later, here I am, writing a blog about genealogy, and four generations deep into the Gerke name. Has it been a pain? Yes. Have I had to break down a lot of walls? Absolutely. Am I finished? Not by a long shot. I still have a lot of mysteries and questions that could take years to answer. But I love genealogy. I love opening my computer and starting my quest to find and know my family and meet interesting people along the way. I hope you’ll join me in that journey, and if you haven’t already, I hope you start your own. The frustration is worth it in the end.

I’ll admit, this journey has become nothing short of an obsession for me. It has made me want to be a professional genealogist and help others solve their puzzles. I love the research.  But right now, my mission is to find twenty and thirty-somethings interested in their family tree, because many may still have a person they can go to in their family to ask questions before it is too late. It was something that I was unable to do, and it is such a passion of mine, I want to share it. In fact, I know a lot of people my age that are interested in learning more, they just aren’t sure how to go about it. Maybe we can all learn together?

growing your family history

Grow Your Family History
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Hello there fellow family historians. I am writing this blog for those who enjoy the most difficult and dangerous hunt of them all, ancestor hunting! I first got into family history through a roundabout kind of way. Ever since I was younger I wanted to be an archaeologist. Well first I went through a stage of wanting to be a paleontologist(dinosaur hunter) after watching Jurassic Park, but instead I soon realised that it wasn’t dinosaur bones that I found interesting, but Ancient History. The dusty ruins that people once inhabited really gets the imagination going and once you found out how those people lived it can often be better than how you imagined it. What has archaeology got to do with family history you ask. Well quite a lot… They both involve digging for the tiniest clues and then studying them until you can put them together into a whole. Both Family Historians and Archaeologists often have very little to work with, and have to puzzle until their heads ache until they’ve found a solution. They are both hardworking and heartbreaking occupations and yet rewarding when everything falls into place. So how did my love of archaeology lead to my love of family history? I injured my back in a car accident and there were times I found it hard to crawl out of bed, I was in so much pain. I needed an absorbing hobby and my love of history and archaeology led me to family history, and now I could never do without it. Now a question for the readers?how did Family History become your true love?

hedding family tree

Hedding Family Tree – Africa/Australia
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history, South African genealogy

Family History research of the Hedding family from Sawston, Cambridgeshire, Witney, Oxford and Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire who migrated from England to South Africa and then to Australia in the 1860’s.

hollins family history

Hollins Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

A place where those with the Hollins or Holland surnames can communicate and share their family history with the ultimate goal of creating the largest genealogical record of the Hollins/Holland Family possible.

hyde cheshire

Hyde Cheshire
Blog type: UK genealogy

This is a new venture by two Hydonians Nancy and Tom, hopefully over time we will be joined by others who have pictures and stories to tell. Maybe you no longer live in Hyde…. or the UK and now and then feel a tad homesick…. well here’s a place just for you to refresh memories, see long forgotten sights, and hear the odd name mentioned… Please feel free to contact us if there’s anything you think we could help with concerning Hyde.

If you have any pictures, stories, memories, or items from or about Hyde and you would like to share them here with other like-minded Hydonians please get in touch with us.

iowa wisconsin brassfield

Iowa Wisconsin Brassfield Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Iowa genealogy, Surname blog, Midwest genealogy, Wisconsin genealogy

This will be a blog about the Brassfield surname and others. I will be focusing on Iowa and Wisconsin. I am interested in Sac, Calhoun and Benton counties in Iowa, Waushara, Marquette, Jefferson and Dodge counties in Wisconsin and Piatt and Champaign counties in Illinois. I intend to post some items from time to time, including obituaries that I find and old photos.

japanese genealogy blog

Japanese Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Japanese genealogy

My name is Valerie…not very Japanese sounding is it? I’m not even Japanese…so why am I writing a blog helping Nikeijin (Japanese by birth who are born outside of Japan) with their genealogy? Because I can.

I wish I still looked like that! Anyways… I learned the language and the culture and loved both. Later after doing years of my own genealogy research, I ended up volunteering as a  research consultant for Japanese patrons at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. I helped locate hundreds of ancestors for patrons.

When I realized the lack of resources for those of Japanese ancestry who wish to do their genealogy I decided to write this blog in the hopes of giving some pointers. So all of you who have gotten frustrated over the years of fruitless searching – ganbatte, help is on the way!

kendall family history

Kendall Family History Services
Blog type: Professional genealogist, UK genealogy

I have over 20 years’ experience researching my own family history back to the 15th century. During this time I studied with the Open University for their Studying Family and Community History module.

If you are looking for someone to investigate your family history then please contact me for a quote. I can provide both a local research service and investigate national resources at a reasonable rate. Other services offered include face to face lessons in getting your family history research going.

For information please e-mail me at

lesher genealogy

Lesher Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Rob Lesher and I have been working on my Lesher genealogy in Pennsylvania for about five years now.

I am descended from John Lesher Sr. of Tulpehocken Township Berks County and I plan on using this blog to discuss news about my genealogy searching.

musing of a genealogy nut

Musings of a Genealogy Nut
Blog type: Individual family history

Several older family members had explored a line or two of our genealogy for the Daughters of the American Revolution and I guess I thought that was enough. Then a cousin spent hour upon sleepless hour tracing his heritage back to ancient Scotland. Still sounded tedious to me.

Then, one day, I realized I was the last person alive who knew my grandpa well. I could NOT let my loved ones disappear!

I had Family Tree Maker, a gift from one of my daughters. I fired it up and started entering what I knew. I searched the items I knew of and got them pretty much all in one place. That took forever!!! Bits here and pieces there. Some conflicting.

Then I bought the new version of FTM and there was a direct link to Ancestry.Com. from each page. I started checking the facts I had. Then I started finding new pieces of the puzzle. There was a grandmother’s date book, my aunt’s high school scrapbook, a draft registration of a grandfather that linked me to his place of employment. From them I received a CD of the payroll listing my grandfather. The place still existed and I had made a friend there.

our family line

Our Family Line
Blog type: Individual family history

The Mathis (Dixie Owens) Family included Watts, McClain, Morris, McClure, Gore, Hart and Ragland families that settled in Weakley and neighboring counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.

peg and mjs genealogy exchange

Peg’s and MJ’s Genealogy Exchange
Blog type: Genealogy education blog

Two Buddies with a love of doing family history research. Together we have been researching and teaching Genealogy for over twenty years. We love the technology available today to help make the research easier.

prince william co genealogy

Prince William County Genealogy
Blog type: Virginia genealogy

Prince William County, Virginia is rich in history. Formed in 1731, it was named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II. This blog is intended as a place for descendants and researchers of PWCo families to find and share information.

searchin for kinfolk

Searchin’ for Kinfolk
Blog type: Individual family history

Searchin’ for Kinfolk will focus on the genealogy of the Gill and Hendrickson families and related ancestral lines. Family history has been a hobby for 45 years and perhaps the results of some of that work can be shared and other researchers can help me find more.

seeber-wright family tree

Seeber-Wright Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family tree

Various findings, thoughts, and ramblings regarding the Seeber-Wright Family Tree.

shively family genealogy

Shively Family Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

This site was created by Larry Shively who is researching the history of the Shively families. The goal is to have a site where all Shively researchers can share and ask questions in regards to their Shively lines. The largest majority of the Shively family records are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. There are early records of Shively’s also in Virginia and Kentucky. There are not many established Shively lineages back to Europe. There are documented lineages to Switzerland and Germany. Through the sharing of information from all of our research it is desired that all can learn about our Shively families.

stone gardens

Stone Gardens
Blog type: Cemetery blog

Photos and blog posts of various cemeteries around the world but mostly Texas.

tangled roots

Tangled Roots and Other Histories
Blog type: Individual family history

From an early age, I always had an interest in family history and genealogy. Until now, I never had enough time to spend my evenings and free time working on family history or maybe I have made time for it. I am doing this for future generations of my family, so they too can know about their history and where the family came from. And just maybe along the way I will figure out exactly who I am and why I do some of the things I do.

I plan documenting my journey into my family history, sharing the stories I find, and sharing other histories I may come across in my research.  I am looking forward to untangling my roots and exploring history and genealogy.

totally related

Totally Related
Blog type:  Individual family history

Genealogical finds, musings and news from Deanna Martin-Osuagwu, a researcher with a love of history and genealogy.

Genealogy is an amazing and rewarding experience. For me, it’s like time travel. My roots on my maternal side are mainly in Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina. On my paternal side, it’s Jamaica and Panama. For the past 10 years, I’ve been diligently climbing up the family tree, with the help of griots like my aunt, father and cousin. Some branches are a little harder to reach than others, and some have so many leaves that I’ve lost count. Some months, I’m hot on a paper trail, while other times my clues have run cold. But that’s all part of the journey.  The joy of discovery–whether it be a photograph, a document or an anecdote–makes the ancestors really come to life. This blog is all about sharing past and future “Eureka” moments in my search for those who came before me.

white river township

White River Township
Blog type: Indiana genealogy

This is a place to post your memories about growing up in White River Township, Hamilton County, Indiana.

  • It’s also a place to share genealogy from those who were born here.
  • It’s a place to connect with old friends, forgotten school chums, and family that have moved away.
  • It’s a place to store memories that you can print and share with generations to come.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

11 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs February 5, 2011

  1. Dear Thomas,
    I consider it a great honor to have About Our Freedom recognized amoung your new blogs. I feel even more passionate about sharing resources and successes so that others may experience the joy of discovering Civil War and Reconstruction Era ancestors.

    Many African Americans are fascinated with documenting ancestors prior to 1860. This blog was inspired by direction given by Tony Burroughs in a presentation he gave in Camden, SC in 2010 to
    research Reconstruction and the Civil War Era if we wanted to discover more about an ancestor who was a slave.

    I felt AOF is a great way to pool resources and share in other’s successes. Thanks for making AOF welcome in this wonderful community.

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