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New Genealogy Blogs January 14, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 12 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:

dusyl family lore history

DuSyl Family History & Lore
Blog type: Individual family history

DuCap Sylvestre Family History Blog all about the Ancient family history to more current Ancestors. A Family History whose Blood Lines are from and reach back across the Globe. Maternal DNA in hand.

family history services

Family History Services
Blog type: Professional genealogist, Genealogy vendor blog

My name is Marianne McCalip and I have been doing genealogical research for over 10 years. I have the experience, resources, and the software to get the information necessary to unlock your past. I have a passion for research, am detail-oriented, and accuracy is my top priority.

A love of history and a natural curiosity about where my family came from inspired me to start a genealogical journey of my family tree, and put me on the path to where I am today. My goal is to help others discover their roots so that they too, have an idea of what their ancestors’ lives were like, and what brought them to where they are now.

One of the most rewarding aspects of genealogy for me, is that it brings a voice to those that no longer have one, to be a storyteller for those that can no longer tell their own story. Genealogy allows me to paint a picture of life how it once was, and, how our ancestors fit into the world and their impact upon it.

I have researched my family tree and my husband’s family tree in great detail over the years. Included in these combined trees are 14 generations, over 1,400 surnames and about 6,500 people. Let me put my experience to work for you.

genealogy puzzles

Genealogy Puzzles
Blog type: Individual family history, Genealogy education

Snippets from my GPS (genealogy puzzle solving) will be included in the blog along with tales woven from the facts found. Some will be quite detailed, others will have to stretch the imagination, as there’s little detail to start with. All of it adds up to a wonderful, ongoing excursion through history.

I am an obsessed investigator searching libraries, historical repositories, government archives, newspapers, books, cemeteries and any other source that might be useful in piecing together family histories for my own family and for others who have requested my assistance. I spend long hours at my computer assessing the many resources now available online. I struggle to stop my searching long enough to write out what I’ve already found. Perhaps this blog will help me with that challenge.

genealogy sisters

Genealogy Sisters
Blog type: Individual family history

Just two sisters sharing their genealogical research and family histories.

geni of oz

Geni of Oz
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Retired old geezer interested in family history and video. I live on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

I have had a small blog at John’s Musings but had never done much with it. I’ve recently had exposure to the Genealogical Blogging community and thought it might be a good idea to join it and so have created this blog, the title of which is a play on words based on my favourite childhood movie, The Wizard of Oz. (Australians often refer to Australia as Oz).

To start, I’ve copied a couple of my items from John’s Musings.

kitchensink genealogy

Kitchen Sink Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to kitchen sink genealogy. We are all sisters (or brothers!). If your family line includes any one with names from this site, I’ll call you cousin, whether we can prove we are related by blood or not. So, my family includes everyone but the kitchen sink.

my childrens ancestors

My Children’s Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

Professional dad, amateur genealogist.

I’ve been doing genealogy for quite some time – at least 15 years, maybe more. I started with my paternal line. At the time, my mother was actively researching her roots, so there was no urgent need for me to do so; no need to duplicate the research, and I didn’t have the same fire in my belly to learn about her side of the family.

If I had to hazard a guess as to the roots of my apathy, I’d have to say that my relative familiarity with my maternal family was the cause. My grandparents lived nearby (still do, to tell the truth), and I was close with my cousins on this side.  We even went to family reunions for both my grandfather’s and grandmother’s families most summers.  The Farleys, Currys, Queens and Napiers that populate the landscape of my maternal line just felt well known.

Not so my paternal lines. My father’s family lived far enough away that we didn’t see them very often. We might see them every few years, enough to maintain family ties but not much more. Also, I never had the opportunity to meet my paternal grandmother, as she died nearly a decade before I was born.

These McNally’s were the unknown, a mystery, and I decided that like all mysteries, they needed unraveling.

Onderzoeksgids Sapere aude

Onderzoeksgids: Sapere aude!
Blog type: Dutch genealogy

A Dutch blog by Eric Hennekam, a researcher and lecturer specializing in archives (documents, images and sound) and people search.

random genealogy

Random Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been collecting internet tidbits about my family since 1999.  Here I am nearly 12 years later with so many notes that I have decided  to share them with others.  First I must confess that I started collecting with  absolutely no thought to violation of copyrights or even giving credit for hard work done., and for that I apologize. I never realized how much I would accumulate or that I would be unable to go back to the original sites where the information was found.  I will include any and all source material that I have but these many if not most of these sources were quoted by others, therefore I cannot swear they are true or accurate.  I will be posting  only what seems plausible.  I am trying to include any side notes or my thoughts while reading the various sites.

The  journey started with a packet of pages sent to my mother by her cousin, Zora Ethel Baker (1921-1989)  She had traced and recorded our Turner family to 1667 Thomas Susannah Turner.  When I purchased my first computer, I decided to buy a family tree program and enter it all so that her work would be preserved for the “Digital Age”.  As I proceeded I expanded my original project to include an album to be shared with my family that included family photos to be presented at our family reunion in 2000, my millennium contribution.  Since then I have never stopped prowling the many websites that contain information that has so very often verified and enhanced the tree the magnificent Ethel Baker had laid out for me.  Over the years, I have been notified of several small errors in the work, but most have  proven to be my typographical mistakes not hers.  She still has me in awe.

The trees have been posted at Ancestry. com  &  Rootsweb. com  as Church Lord Smith Turner and Tribal pages as  Smith and Turner History Tree   (

I will try to post by various family names to make searches easier and more relevant.  Please let me know if these pages are helpful to you.

researching luxembourg genealogy

Researching Luxembourg Genealogy
Blog type: Luxembourg genealogy

I’m a professional genealogist and local historian specializing in Middlesex and New London County history and Civil War genealogy.

Welcome to my side blog, Researching Luxembourg Genealogy. I’m starting this blog because I noticed the spike in interest on my Explorations in Connecticut Genealogy blog after a post on Luxembourgers. First of all, I know the blog title is a bit boring, but what can I say? My creativity is a bit low this morning. This blog will be an occasional project.

Like many Luxembourger descendants, I trace my family back to the Midwest. However, I will do my best to offer resources for Luxembourgers across the country. I’m focusing on American resources since, I’m sad to say, I don’t speak or read German or Luxembourgish. It is on my to-do list! Happy research.

rocky mountain joe sturtevant

“Rocky Mountain Joe” Sturtevant
Blog type: Colorado genealogy, Individual family history, Photography blog

One look at “Rocky Mountain” Joe Sturtevant in his fringed buckskins conjures up images of the Wild West, Indians, and adventure. And that is probably just what Joe wanted you to think. Much of what is known of Joseph Bevier Sturtevant’s early life came directly from him, and biographies and recollections provide little evidence to back up his claims. Due to the lack of documentary evidence, it is necessary to question the items presented as fact. Did Joe really enlist with the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry at the age of ten while with a traveling circus? Was he an actual participant in several brutal Indian skirmishes as a teenager? His apparent military career seemed a bit far-fetched, but I was willing to give Joe the benefit of the doubt. However, the deeper I dug into his early life, the more I began to question what was fact and what was fiction. Even during his lifetime, there were those who questioned the truth of his stories. Some believed that he had told the adventures so many times he began believing he actually lived them. All legends have grains of truth in them to make them believable, and in my search I am determined to uncover that truth.

Born February 8, 1851 in Boston, Massachusetts, Joseph Bevier Sturtevant was the second son of Samuel A. and Jemima (Depuy) Sturtevant. Moving from Lowell, Massachusetts around 1849, his parents lived in Boston for several years, before making an ambitious move to western Wisconsin in 1854 or 1855. Samuel Sturtevant applied for and received an 80-acre land grant in the town of Hudson, St. Croix County, Wisconsin in 1856. Located on St. Croix Lake, bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota, Hudson was a young town in an agricultural region, and the Sturtevants were only a few people of several thousands moving to the county during the decade.

the legal genealogist

The Legal Genealogist
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

On this first day of 2012, The Legal Genealogist takes flight. Let me take a minute to introduce myself.

My name is Judy Russell. I’m a genealogist with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. I’m a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on my mother’s side and entirely in Germany on my father’s side.

I’ve spent most of the last decade learning my trade as a genealogist. I’m a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. I’ve attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis and Thomas W. Jones’ course in Writing and Publishing for Genealogists at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. I’ve written for both the National Genealogical Society Quarterly1 and the National Genealogical Society Magazine.2 And I lecture on genealogical topics as well.

My purpose in writing The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history. Without understanding the context in which events took place and records were created, we miss so much of both the significance and the flavor of what happened. I hope you’ll find your questions answered here, and invite you to send along any question you have that you’d like answered. There’s a link at the top of every page (“Ask TLG”).

But this blog won’t just be about the law. As the title goes, it’s “genealogy, the law, and so much more.” With your help, it ought to be a lot of fun to see just what “so much more” will be (and how much trouble we can get into finding out!).

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