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New Genealogy Blogs January 12, 2013

New Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 15 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 quest

Ancestor Quest
Blog type: Individual family history

This site is the online transcript of the family history compiled by my grandparents in the late 1960’s. I’ve recently added a blog where readers can follow my quest to document its claims, and read about new discoveries and challenges. Surnames include SWITZER, MERRILL, EATIN, TODD, PAINE, BELDING,  BRYAN and more.

debonis family

DeBonis Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Studying my family history has always been important to me.  In order to understand who you are today, you have to understand where you came from–you have to know your roots!  It is my hope that this page will provide a venue to share my research on the DeBonis, King, and O’Donnell families of which I am a descendant. I also hope that this page might serve as a place for others, who have completed DeBonis family research, to share their stories and discuss their knowledge of the DeBonis family and the various branches of the family tree.

echoes of our past

Echoes Of Our Past
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog, UK genealogy

This is my professional blog, I am blogging the news and updates on a weekly basis for a year on the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England.  I cover a different year each week – which i publish at the weekend then mid-week I add another post with an update of the NEWS stories.

genealogical musings

Genealogical Musings
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m a 30 year old American living in the UK. My European heritage is mostly German and Italian but also some Norwegian and British Isles. I’ve been researching my tree for about 6 years, mostly online since it’s I’m not in the US right now. My US research is based mostly in Pennsylvania (I am a PA native myself), Wisconsin, Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio.

mcintyre sullivan genealogy

McIntyre/Sullivan Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

The McIntyre-Sullivan family history blog includes stories, documents, and photos about Lawrence McIntyre (1913-1995) and Helen Sullivan’s (1914-2008) family from Chicago, Illinois, including siblings and children.

motter family history

Motter Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Motter family history page!

My name is Robin (Motter) Heise and I am a recent graduate of the  M.A. program in Public History at Wright State University.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology and a Master of Higher Education Administration at the Ohio State University.  After spending twelve years working in administrative positions within higher education I decided that it was time for a change and time to pursue my love of history.  While enrolled in the Public History program, I have had an opportunity to  pursue some of my interest areas: the Civil War, Native Americans, local history, and genealogy.

I am a member of both the Phi Alpha Theta and Golden Key International Honor Societies as well as a member of Society of American Archivists and American Association of Museums. I am also a Board member of the Yellow Springs Historical Society and am currently an Administrative Support Assistant at the Greene County Records Center and Archives and a Local History Librarian at the Greene County Room in the Xenia Community Library.

Studying my family history has always been important to me.  In order to understand who you are today, you have to understand where you came from–you have to know your roots!  It is my hope that this page will provide a venue to share my research on the Motter family of which I am a descendant. I also hope that this page might serve as a place for others, who have completed Motter family research, to share their stories and discuss their knowledge of the Motter family.

our heritage

Our Heritage: 12th Century and Beyond
Blog type: Individual family history

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, I emigrated to Calvert County 21 years ago with my husband, Bob. We have three wonderful dogs, many birds and squirrels, and occasional visits from moles, mice, stink bugs, camel crickets, and snakes. I am a mother of three, grandmother of 9, and recently retired career integrated business communications professional. I use leading edge technologies, procedures, processes, and techniques in my studies and communications.

I am by nature a traveler, explorer, and embrace any and all challenges as opportunities; I am our families’ event planner, story teller, and historian; recorder of the past and present; identifier of family cultures and traits, treasurer of traditions, and catalyst for change to benefit our futures.

My Mission: To collect, clarify, authenticate, preserve, and publish all relevant genealogical information to give my family an accurate accounting of its past; to honor those who came before us out of reverence and respect; to remember loved ones who have passed on, and to spiritually ground me through a greater sense of ancestral identity and history.

I wish to thank all those researchers, digitizers, historians, and contributors from all walks of life who have documented and preserved our histories that go back centuries; especially for their public family trees, the U.S. Census Bureau and’s historical facts resources sites, the Latter Day Saints Genealogy Databases, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, all other libraries who maintain historic data and image collections; and, all web sites and materials from others dedicated to promoting Americans’ heritage and religious, moral, literary, and social cultures.

remember fallen heroes new whittington

Remembering the Fallen Heroes of New Whittington WW1
Blog type: Military history blogs, UK genealogy

The purpose of this blog is to remember the fallen heroes of the Great War, whose names are recorded on the memorial plaque situated in St Barnabas Church, New Whittington, Chesterfield.

To mark the centenary of World War 1 I aim to research all of the men on the memorial. I hope to ensure that the brave men who gave their lives for their country 100 years ago are remembered and each man’s story told.

I would love to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the men; photos, letters or passed down memories. Any descendants are most welcome to contact me and I will provide copies of the research that I have undertaken.

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them”

For The Fallen,
Laurence Binyon September 1914.

seeking susan meeting marie

Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Why the name? – Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family…

On 13 May 1855  a 19 year old County Clare colleen was fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, aboard the Nashwauk, when the “bride ship” foundered off the coast of South Australia.  How I loved the colourful stories of my Susan’s dramatic entry to Australia, especially that of the girls being carried ashore on the backs of the sailors, and so began my love affair with my maternal Great Great Grandmother Susan Kelleher. A chance visit to County Clare, in 1994, triggered my determination to seek out Susan and discover her fate. Who did she marry?  How many children did she have, apart from my Great Grandmother? Where did she live? Where did she die? … So many unanswered questions. So I began “Seeking Susan”.

It was on a return trip to Ireland the following year that my quest widened and led to me “Meeting Marie”, my dad’s mum Marie Ogilvie. My aging father, distressed that no family members could find any sight or sign of his childhood home, in Yorkshire, would mutter “34 Mossman Street, Windhill OFF CRAG ROAD!! Shipley … it has to be there!!!”  ~~~  So, after landing at Dublin Airport, I took a ferry across to England, a bus to Leeds and a train to Shipley intent on bringing back photographs to give some peace to dad in his declining years.

Easier said that done!!!  With every muscle aching in the trudge, yet again, up that interminably long and steep Crag Road I began muttering about “… a wild goose chase” and entertaining thoughts of giving up when there I ”met” Marie. Don’t ask me how I knew it was the spirit of  Marie Ogilvie which came with encouragement and confirmation that I was on the right path .  Drawn to an old corner hotel I peered hopefully at the road sign and along the street.  Nope, not Mossman Street, but Marie’s affirming presence was SO strong! …  Further investigation showed that the house, and Mossman Street, had been just one street over and removed in the 1960′s renewal project.

For some 20 years the spirit my maternal Great Great Grandmother, Susan Kelleher, and paternal Grandmother, Marie Ogilvie have travelled with me in “Finding Family”, wherever they may be.

Retirement and the digitisation of many records has been so hepful in my quest which has been full of fun & laughter, as well of moments of bitter disappointment, soon to be surpassed by the discovery of an unknown relative, like my Auntie Annie Ruby Crout, and the excitement of emailing with a living Ogilvie relation and discovering that he moved from the UK to Victoria, Australia in the 1960′s.  With a snippet of information from John Ogilvie, discovering which of my dad’s Auntie’s emigrated to Western Australia was fantastic and there’s now the exciting possibility of locating more living relatives in the West.

I’ve now begun transferring all this data into stories, which locate the individuals within the social and physical environment of the time, to share with family.  Most are not terribly interested in trawling through names, dates and places but are fascinated with the lives of their Ancestors. This has led to the setting up of this blog.

My aim is to not only tell the family stories but also share the journey and the resources I’ve found useful, particularly those relating to South Australia. If you care to join me that would be fun.

shiloh to canaan

Shiloh to Canaan
Blog type: Louisiana genealogy

This blog is about Union Parish, Louisiana and its founders.  Most of those people are my ancestors which makes the blog my family history.  I started the blog last summer but got sidetracked when I volunteered to set up a website/blog and a Facebook page for two separate non-profits.  I now have them at the point that I can handle all three which means Shiloh to Canaan will begin to grow.

sullivan oconnor genealogy

Sullivan/Connor Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

The Sullivan-Connor family history blog includes stories, images and comments about Philip Sullivan (1840-1915) and Ellen Connor’s (1843-1919) family from the counties of Cavan and Wexford, Ireland to their settlement in Evanston, Illinois.  It also includes siblings and children of the couple.

sullivan corcoran

Sullivan/Corcoran Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

The Sullivan-Corcoran family history blog includes stories, images and comments about Patrick Sullivan (c1794-a1874) and Rose Corcoran’s (c1804-1874) family from County Cavan, Ireland, including siblings and children.

the story of our ancestors

The Story of Our Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I have been researching my family history for many years and I feel that I know the characters pretty well by now.  The good, the bad and yes the down right ugly, they are all in the family tree somewhere, dangling precariously off of a delicate branch!

So now I think the tree cannot take much more, it is bursting and those delicate branches need trimming back . . . the stories need to be told.

I hope that my readers will get to know the characters of my ancestry just as well as I do and enjoy reading of the lives they led and places they ventured to.  Some will be happy stories, some may bring a tear to the eye.  One thing that is true for them all is that they are the life story of a very real person.  Each person deserves their story to be told.

Please, please do add comments to the blog posts.  I would love to hear any personal recollections that can add to the stories that are being told.  Also, if I have made an error or my story is incorrect then please let me know.  I will post photos if I have them but if you have any which you would be happy to allow on the blog then please send me an email (see contacts page).

yellow springs heritage

Yellow Springs Heritage
Blog type: Genealogy vendor

The Village of Yellow Springs is known today as an eclectic village of artisans, educators, and musicians. Visitors come to Yellow Springs in order to enjoy local restaurants, unique shops, cultural events, and recreational activities that are offered throughout the village. In addition to the cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities Yellow Springs has a rich and diverse history waiting to be shared. Many of the people who make up the history of this village played a role in the local, regional, and sometimes even global events of their day and their voices have long been forgotten. The purpose of Yellow Springs Heritage is to provide a glimpse into the history of the village and allow these forgotten voices to be heard once more. In saying that, it is my hope that Yellow Springs Heritage will be an interactive site. In order to fully understand history, one must examine all perspectives. It is for this reason that Yellow Springs Heritage provides an opportunity for you to share your memories, stories, photographs and local history with others.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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