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New Genealogy Blogs January 1, 2011

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[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 9 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,545 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:

a brummie family tree

A Brummie Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family tree, UK genealogy

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this family history record through information and stories communicated verbally, for the use of photographs and for information via email and letters.

If you have new information or you believe there to be inaccuracies in this record, please do not hesitate to contact me—my contact details are in the introduction. I would like to give special thanks to the following individuals who are all related to me, if not by genes then by the marriages of ancestors:

Nance Bourne
Julie Brindley
Albert Clayton
Bill Clayton
Dennis Clayton
Sheila Clayton
Ralph Edwards
Kenneth Flynn
Carole Graham
Bill Millington
Geoff & Joan Millington
Gerald Payne
Ian Payne
Kath & Harry Robinson
Clare Whitehead

Keep the stories coming!

ancestrally challenged

Ancestrally Challenged
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been tracing my genealogy for the past few years and plan to continue my journey for years to come. I am also working towards becoming a professional genealogist to help others learn about their heritage.

Beiboer-a Frisian Family

Beiboer-a Frisian Family
Blog type: Dutch genealogy, Individual family history,

The past years I have been busy researching the familytree of the Beiboer family and threw this Blog I would like to share everything I found with interested viewers.

Normally genealogy starts with the earliest ancestors and I’m not an exception, the next Blog starts in app 1700.

But because this is the first contribution I make I will start in the present:

One of the main reasons why people start family research is curiosity: where are my roots, why am I the person that I am, what can I learn from the past and helps me face the future. My great-greatgrandparents (Franke Geerts Beiboer,1828-1899 and Saapke Sytzes van der Wiel,1825-1895) had 8 children and tracing them and their descendants was my biggest problem. I believe, bad times and religion has driven them away from their homestead.

2 children (Sytze and Wytske) migrated to the U.S.A. 2 daughters (Tjitske and Romkje) moved far away and the others stayed in the neigbourhood, However my greatgrandfather also moved to Grand Rapids but that was much later. Only a few months/weeks ago I was able to trace the Knott family in Michigan and Texas, the Hilhorst family in Soest and the Sterkman family in Switzerland (!).

Because I would like to stay in touch with this new family so I made a “family page” on Facebook and today I start with this Blog. My first idea was to write some kind of “book” but that’s old fashioned. My own website is a possibility, but I like to use modern communication-technology, so Blogging is my choice.

I will try to make a contribution regularly  and I invite you all to make contributions as well!

beths genealogy blog

Beth’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Today is Veteran’s day, and the day I decided to start a blog. I’m not much of a writer, so we will see how this goes.

Today is a day to reflect on those who have served in the military. I am thankful for all of these people.

I have a few ancestors who have served. On my dad’s side, there is Jesse Fields who served in the Civil War. On my mom’s side, we have Gurden Chamberlin who served in the Revolutionary War, and I think there is another one but I can’t find or remember him now. We aren’t much of a military family, it seems. I have a cousin on my mom’s side who has been involved with JAG, but otherwise I don’t know of anyone else who comes close. We mainly are doctors, teachers and farmers (present and past).

My husband has more military relatives, but maybe I will comment on those later. May all the Veterans have a great day! Thank you for your service and God bless you!

entwined roots

Entwined Roots – Liz Plummer’s Staffordshire Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Hello! My name’s Liz Plummer and I have a textile arts blog over at Dreaming Spirals. I have recently got into family history research and so I decided to start a blog about it, talking about my discoveries and journey along the way. Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you are also researching any of the same surnames.

Most of my ancestors lived in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in the UK; a few wandered over from Cheshire and perhaps Shropshire. The main surnames I’m researching are: Docksey, Meredith, Hopkins, Simpson, Cooke, Swetmore, Lunn, Cooper. I’ll put a full list further down the sidebar.

genealogical gems

Genealogical Gems
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Jeanne’s Genealogical Gems! As I delve deeper into my family history and that of my clients, I intend to offer helpful research tips and techniques, genealogy news items, family history research, and some localized history. If you have questions that you would either like me to answer here or if you would like to discuss privately something more detailed, please email me at

I have been tracing my family history for more than 20 years. While most of my family has stayed in the same general area in Pennsylvania, my research has taken me to my ancestral homelands of Ireland, Austria-Galicia and the Ukraine, to name a few. From time to time, I will also include some short articles concerning genealogy or local history that I have written for various sites.

genealogy biker

Genealogy Biker
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is my way of sharing my passion for life, genealogy, travel, and mountain biking with my family, friends, and others with similar interests.

I was born and raised in a high mountain valley in rural Utah where my love of the great outdoors was fostered by my father who loved hunting, fishing, camping, winter sports, boating, travel, and high adventure. My love for genealogy and family history was instilled in me as a child when my maternal grandmother, Sarah Rebecca Wadman Shupe Southwick, sat me up to a typewriter and assisted me in the creation of my first “professional looking” family group sheet and pedigree chart. Grandma took me with her to interview her aged aunties and uncles. She took me to interview my grandpa Royal Jack Shupe’s family too. Grandfather Shupe died when my mother was only nine years old. Visiting his siblings and other older family members was high adventure to me! With my arm around grandma’s neck off we would go in her little old car down the highway seeking to find the unknown and bring it home to type for our posterity.

My paternal grandmother, Lola Emelie Wilhelmina Schwartz World Thomson, and great grandmother, Jenni Maria Dye Schwartz Suprise, were living legends! They had come to Utah all the way from Georgia in the early 1900s. Just visiting their house was an adventure. Grandma Suprise had her own pet monkey, Grandma Thomson had Polly the talking parrot, mina birds, canaries, amazing fish aquariums, and exquisite rose gardens. When daddy took us all the way down to Bountiful to visit our grannies, it was like walking into fairyland. Grandpa Thomson lived in the basement apartment of Grandma’s house and he always had a big smile, a hug, a tickle, and was planning the next fishing trip with daddy. We loved the rare opportunity to visit in the City.

My love for life, family, and adventure was stimulated by the interaction I had with my grandparents. My life today is continually impacted by these same people and each newly discovered generation before them.

By age 15 all of my grandparents had passed away leaving a gaping hole in my life. The pursuit of my family history has led me to travel extensively throughout the United States and plans to visit Europe too. My passion for family history has grown into a full blown genealogy business, Family History Expos, Inc. which brings great joy to my life and to the lives of many others.

The Genealogy Biker Blog is another spoke in my wheel of life, come join the ride! Together, we have many adventures to share.

lineage fan

Lineage Fan
Blog type:  Appalachian genealogy, Individual family history, West Virginia genealogy

My research blog (West) Virginia Wykles and Kin is already on the blogroll, but I would like my new one called “Lineage Fan” added. It focuses on my genealogical and lineage society activities and is not as “dry” as my transcription blog.

randy majors

Randy Majors
Blog type: Individual family history

I recently solved a 130 year-old brick wall related to my great grandfather, which included an unexpected name change.  It was solved using a combination of clues from oral tradition, nearly futile searches, desperate hunches, and finally, DNA testing.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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