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New Genealogy Blogs January 15, 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 38 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,606 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:

ATCO Georgia

ATCO Georgia, The Village
Blog type: Geographic place genealogy, Georgia genealogy

In the Spring of 2009, a Facebook group was begun for “ATCO, Georgia, The Village” with the hope that interest would be garnered in maintaining and capturing the history of our Village and its families with stories, photos and memories. Our success was phenomenal.

Just a short 6 months later, we had 600+ photos shared of Village families and places by “ATCO Kids,” the name the ATCO mill village children have dubbed ourselves. Additionally, these same ATCO Kids have written and submitted many, many stories about growing up and living in the Village.

I am humbled and sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone who has thus far contributed, and am grateful to those who continue to contribute.

We have worked hard, been diligent and begun remembering a history others had long since forgotten. We continue to strengthen our bonds and gather family histories of Villagers.

Thank you, ATCO Kids, for your help with preserving our memories and the history of the Village and its families!


Blog type: African-American genealogy, Genealogical society blog, Maryland genealogy

Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – Agnes Kane Callum Chapter – A non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging study and research in history and genealogy. Membership is open to Americans of all ethnic groups and focuses on those with particular interest in African-Americans. The diverse membership includes people of all ages, from all walks of life, working toward a common goal. Each one is looking for the ancestral tie that binds us all through the historic events that shape our present. The Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Society, Inc. has been active in the Washington, DC area since 1977 and in 1989 the Baltimore Chapter was chartered.

barbs family history

Barb’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Family History is my hobby and passion. I have been looking for ancestors over 30 years off and on. I published “Barney and Verna McBride Family History” last year in hardbound which is a history of my mom and dad and us 5 siblings. I interviewed my brothers, Norman and Glen and my sister Doris. I missed getting Melvin’s memories as he passed away in 1999.

Next, I transcribed the tapes onto my computer, then I found a publisher and had it printed. Most of you in the family have a copy of it and I hope you appreciate the history, that might have otherwise, been lost.

I have started this blog for the main purpose of sharing our family history with you and making you aware of new finds on our ancestral lines.

beaufort nc

Beaufort, NC The Town – and Why It’s Unique
Blog type: Geographic location genealogy, North Carolina genealogy

Widely read compilation containing many unpublished family histories and images of this small coastal fishing village.

chicken fat

Chicken Fat
Blog type: Individual family history

As far as inspiration to do family research, the above, William A. Hunter, my great grandfather is the granddaddy of all the other genealogy inspirations I have had.

After my grandfather Frank Paris Hunter had died I heard for the first time that Frank often wondered what his real name was. He said his father was adopted.

I wished I had known that before he had died I would have pumped with questions. In the last years of his life he and I were buddies. We lived with him. He taught me to ride my bike and we talked about this and that…. No biggies.

dancing in the garden

Dancing in the Garden of Those Gone Before
Blog type: Cemetery blog

As most genealogists, I’ve accumulated quite a few headstone/cemetery photographs.  what to do, what to do with them?

Cemeteries have always held a special place for me.  there is so much that can be learned by them regardless if you have a connection to one or not.  it’s easy to roam and let your mind wander.  what were these people like?  what did they do to survive?  were they in the military?  the questions are endless.

I grew up in far western Kentucky, near the northern access to the land between the lakes.  back in the days of Sunday afternoon drives, we would head down the trace and slowly make our way down the gravel roads that spread like spider webs.  being that this area was formed from flooding the area with the creation of both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, the back roads were dotted with old homes and old cemeteries.  it was a wonderful way to spend a warm (or chilly) afternoon, visiting these people who had long been forgotten.

What i hope to do here is share my finds with you.  while most cemeteries are in Kentucky and Tennessee, i may surprise you with stones from other areas. So, grab something to drink and come travel through time with me. who knows who we’ll find.

everyday genealogy

Everyday Genealogy Calendar Blog
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy vendor

This blog compliments my desk calendar Everyday Genealogy. I share facts, ideas or hints (some from the calendar some not) that can assist people in their research.

family roots and branches

Family Roots and Branches
Blog type: Genealogy education, Georgia genealogy, North Carolina genealogy, Tennessee genealogy

Welcome to the Family Roots and Branches Genealogy Blogspot. This site is devoted genealogical hints, tricks, tips and news for family historians in the GA/NC/TN Tri-State. You will also find info on genealogy classes and meetings here in western North Carolina. This blog is run by Larry and Gayle Van Horn and you can reach us at teakpub at Copyright 2006-2011 by Family Roots and Branches, a division of Teak Publishing.

gail grunst genealogy

Gail Grunst Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history

Gail has been researching her own family since 1979.  Her research has taken her back to 1800 Belgium and 1800 England.  Gail has worked in a library for the last 20 years and has answered genealogy questions for patrons and helped patrons with their research.  In addition to her degree in Library Media Technology, Gail has a two degree in Basic American Genealogy Research from the National Genealogy Society.  She has done volunteer work for various Genealogy Societies.  Gail teaches several Classes in Genealogy for the Round Lake Area Library, and would be happy to conduct a class for your organization.  If interested in a class or if you would like a one-on-one consultation, please contact Gail.  Please enjoy Gail’s family History Blog.

gayles family history

Gayle’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Gayle’s Family History Blogspot. This site is devoted to the genealogy research I am currently conducting on my ancestral and related family lines. As new information and photos are discovered on my families, I will post it here. This blog is run by Gayle Hennington-Van Horn and you can reach me at gayleh at

genealogy i am doing it

Genealogy I Am Doing It
Blog type: Individual family history

I consider myself a casual Family Historian.  I enjoy putting the puzzle pieces of my family tree together and discovering something about the lives that are connected to mine.

My current project is to trace the many descendants of Lemuel Boggess, Sr.  I am very distantly related to him, and he has always intrigued me 🙂

If you choose to browse through this blog, please alert me to any broken links or problems you may have.  It’s a continual work in progress… Feel free also to contact me if you have questions or if you have any information that I am lacking.


Blog type: Professional genealogist

Born in the suburbs of Chicago and spending many years growing up in Missouri, I returned to my roots in the Chicago area in 1999 after finishing my B.A. in History, to attend graduate school. Upon my return to the area I worked in the Education Department at Shedd Aquarium for a year before moving to the I.T. Department to serve as a Database Administrator for a special project. I spent five years creating databases, writing reports and training manuals and teaching.  I attended one semester of graduate school before starting my family and focusing on my career and personal research.

My interest in genealogy began in 1996 when I completed a project for a history class. Since that time it has blossomed and I have made the move from hobbyist to professional.  I believe we must incorporate history into our family stories and we must view our families within their historical context, not ours. I have an eye for detail, love a challenge, and enjoy helping people discover their family stories.

grammys genealogy

Grammy’s Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Grammy has just entered the world of blogging! It’s going to be mostly for genealogy, but it might keep our family and friends up to date on our happenings, too.

Life is good, retirement is good, and it’s definitely enjoyable to be able to indulge my genealogy and scrapbooking hobbies. I’m currently working on my own family history albums, from my dad’s side (Dempster -Burrill) to my mother’s side (Parks-Phelps).

grave encounters

Grave Encounters
Blog type: Cemetery blog, UK genealogy

A blog devoted to the study and preservation of cemeteries, transcriptions of tombstones, grave markers and burial customs.

growing family trees and vegetables

Growing Family Trees and Vegetables
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I am married to Sue and I have four children, Joanne, Dean, Ryan and Kye. I also have four grandchildren, Joseph, Charlotte and Jacob and my new grandchild, Izac. I am very interested in my Family Tree and since my early retirement, I have now started an allotment for vegetable growing. I hope you enjoy my blog, hopefully it’s lighthearted, interesting, true (well almost) and different.

ives family history

Ives Family History Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

This genealogy blog covers the story of William Ives, co-founder of New Haven CT, and many of his descendants, as well as those who married into the family (e.g., Bassett, Dickerman, Yale, Atwater, Peck, Cooper, Day, Humiston, Bishop, Dunbar, Rich and many others). Brief histories of where they lived are also offered as well as travel tips for the area. General genealogy issues are also addressed.

jesse chapman family

Jesse Chapman Family
Blog type: Individual family history

Over the next several months and years to come we hope to use this space as well as the Genealogy page above to share and build the Jesse Chapman family history. In the near future we hope to have the beginnings of the family history as well as a collection of photos. We hope this resource is helpful. If you have any information to contribute use the contacts on this site or the Genealogy page.

kershaw county wanderer

Kershaw County Wanderer
Blog type: South Carolina genealogy

I love learning what your story is, because everyone has one. I enjoy my precious time with my family. I enjoy the detective part of Family Research, the thrill of the hunt.

larrys family history

Larry’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Larry’s Family History Blog. This site is devoted to the genealogy research I am currently conducting on my ancestral and related family lines. As new information and photos are discovered on my families, I will post it here. This blog is run by Larry Van Horn and you can reach me at larryvh at

leaves for trees

Leaves for Trees
Blog type: Individual family history

I am passionate about genealogy. I think this comes from the need to have something that belongs to me but also many others at the same time. I enjoy that the people in my family tree are “my people.” Yet, I am also fascinated by the fact that “my people” belong to many other people with traditions, memories and stories very different from my own. To me, the most interesting part of genealogy is the stories and events that go with each ancestor. Genealogists often focus on the facts: birth/death dates, marriage dates, number of children. But I don’t often hear about The Meat on the Bones. I have worked on my particular family tree for years, but have just recently discovered how much more interesting it is to know what the lives of my ancestors were like, rather than just knowing that they “were.” Walking in their footsteps, literally, helps me to feel closer to these individuals than any headstone ever could. I have found many interesting and helpful resources through my family heritage travels and look forward to sharing these with my fellow genealogists. If I help only one person add some meat to their ancestors bones I feel I will have fulfilled a need to help others find their people.

leisure family history

Leisure Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Leisure Family History Blog. Here we welcome anyone interested in genealogy and particularly those researching the Leisure line. Our lines descend from Joseph and Rachel (Ryan) Leisure, many of whom eventually settled in Rush, Grant, Henry, and Madison counties, Indiana.

liblady's genealogy blog

Liblady’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Liblady’s Geneaglogy Blog. It is time to jump in and get started.  Over the past couple of years I have been working on my family genealogy.  The families I am working on is Grossman and Rice, Voss and Sanders.  A couple of the families, people have been working on over the years and have lead me back 14 or 15 generations.  A couple of the families don’t go back very far and I will continue to work on them.

I have put together books of photos family by family, and then find some more pictures that need to be added.

This last summer, my cousin and I went to Arkansas, and visited cemeteries and other locations of our Sanders and Langston ancestors.  This December I had a chance to sit down with a cousin and he helped to fill in some gaps for the Voss family.  Through the use of, Footnote and Family Search, I have found records for a number of family members.  I am currently working on compiling and analyzing information I have of the Weisleder family from Buffalo, NY.  My grandmother Christiana was their daughter.

During the year of 2011 I would like to blog

  • about different members of the family
  • successes and brickwalls
  • add photos I take or locate about the family

I have volunteered to visit cemeteries for Find a Grave and photograph head stones for people who don’t live near. This definitely be a challenge for me. I hope family members will help me as I continue to pursue the search for my family’s roots.

martin robbs family history

Martin Robb’s Family History Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, Scottish genealogy, UK genealogy

This is the family history blog of Martin Peter Robb (b.1956), son of Peter Ernest Robb (b.1933) and Joyce Alma Londors (b.1933).

The blog began as a record of my research into the history of the Robb family, especially the descendants of my great-great-great-grandfather Charles Edward Stuart Robb (1779 – 1853). It has since expanded to include my research into other families linked to ours, including the Londors, Webb, Roe, Holdsworth, Bowman, French, Blanch, Seager and Monteith families.

I’d welcome comments, information and questions, especially from relatives (however distant) and those exploring similar areas.

The photograph on the header is of Mains of Badenscoth, Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, where my Robb ancestors farmed in the early 18th century.

mississippi civil war

Mississippi Civil War
Blog type: Military history blogs, Mississippi genealogy

Welcome to The American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP), for the state of Mississippi Civil War project, an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories. For more information about our group, including how you can join us, please see our about page.

more swansboro history

More Swansboro History
Blog type: North Carolina genealogy

An extension of Swansboro, North Carolina history.

mr gen wish list

Mr. Gen Wish List
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Mr. Gen Wish List blog. My name is Tina Lyons and this blog will be a companion website to my other genealogy blog Gen Wish List. At Gen Wish List, I blog about my own ancestors and general genealogy topics. On the Mr. Gen Wish List blog, I’ll be blogging about my husband’s ancestors.

My husband’s family tree has its roots in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. His ancestors came to Toledo from many of the northern counties in Ohio. His family also has been found in Montgomery County and Butler County, Ohio. Beyond Ohio, his ancestors came from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. You can see more details about his ancestors on the Surname tab above.

The goal of this new blog is to write one post each week about one of the family groups in his family tree. Then I will add documents and other information about that family over the course of the week. So far I have written about two of his families. The first was the family of Lewis ZIRGER and Regina DANNEMILLER. I included the passenger list for the family in another post. The second family was George HAUSMANN and Victoria ZIRGER and I also added their death certificates.

my mckee family tree

My McKee Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog provides basic information about the migration generation of the Alexander McKee family. The posts detail the search for information about family member from the 1837 entry of the family into the United States to present day.

nampa 10th ward

Nampa 10th Ward Family History
Blog type: Geographic genealogy blogs, Idaho genealogy

We hope to provide valuable nuggets of information that you will find useful in your efforts in family history research. Included will be links, tips and experiences shared by those in our class who wish to do so.

Notice that you can access the new family search website from this blog. Also, check out the website which you can access from the Obituaries link. Soon I will be adding other sites where obituaries can be found.

pack peddlers place

Pack Peddler’s Place
Blog type: Individual family history

The musings of a part time genealogist and full time collector of family trivia.  I have written for various local and state genealogical publications and along with my friend Pam Treme lecture on how to merge technology with genealogy research. I have also written and published Everyday Genealogy, the 2011 Desk Calendar.

shaking family trees

Shaking Family Trees
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist

I’ve resisted blogging for a number of reasons — primarily because I wasn’t sure it would serve a useful purpose worthy of my valuable (retired) time. But I’m adventuresome, if nothing else, so here goes. I haven’t a clue to what I’ll blog about — other than it probably will have a genealogical slant since that is my hobby and passion. Perhaps I’ll share some of my writings as I’m taking a class in memoir writing. Perhaps I’ll find some cousins out there in BlogLand who will share information and pictures with me.

So here goes . . .

southern oregon stories

Southern Oregon Stories
Blog type: Genealogical society blogs, Oregon genealogy

This blog is for sharing stories about Southern Oregon – powered by the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Jackson County, Oregon. If you have a story to share, please contact us at

For more information on the Southern Oregon Historical Society, our Research Library in Medford, or becoming a volunteer, please visit our website at

swansboro nc history

Swansboro, North Carolina – History
Blog type: North Carolina genealogy

This small quaint seaport has roots back to April 7, 1730 when Isaac and Jonathan Green Sr. purchased from Ebenezer Harker “a certain plantation and track of land containing by estimation 441 acres situate lying and being in ye Carterett in ye county of province of aforsaid being ye west side of ye mouth off White Oak River.” By 1771 Theophilus Weeks started a town on his plantation, laying out a plat and selling lots. Formerly known as Bogue, Week’s Point, The Wharf and New Town, the town was officially designated by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 6, 1783. Above photo courtesy Jack Dudley . Swansboro – A Pictorial Tribute . North Carolina State Archives.

technology tamers

Technology Tamers
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist, Technology blogs

We are Tampa-area hobby genealogists who also happen to work in the software industry. We have used our knowledge of software to present our own family research in various formats and forums. And we can show you how to do it too.

We offer a number of presentations and a book-related workshop. Most of our presentations revolve around using one or more Microsoft products to accomplish a genealogy-related task. Lately, we’ve been using lots of Google applications too.

So check out our presentation list and see if there’s something we can do to help your members. When you find a presentation you’re interested in, email us at

the family history researcher

The Family History Researcher
Blog type: Pennsylvania genealogy, Professional genealogist

Join me as I begin my journey of helping others learn about their ancestors. I will be posting information related to genealogy in general, as well as information about the history of the areas around Warren County PA.

the hayes family history site

The Hayes Family History Site
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Official Hayes Family Website. The immediate Hayes family (Jeanne, Jerry, Peter and Philip), originally of Chappaqua, NY are now spread out, between Katonah, NY and Avon, CT. Our extended family resides between Atlanta, GA and Taunton MA.

This website is dedicated to all those family members who, because of the lives they led, allowed us to be here today.

the scrappin genealogist

The Scrappin Genealogist
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a 44 yo scrapbooking, family tree climbing, crocheting, jewelry making mom of three kiddos and four furbabies. I’ve been married for 22 years to my college sweetie and we all live in Ely, Nevada.

voices past and present

Voices Past and Present
Blog type: Individual family history, New York genealogy

A mixture of genealogy (especially colonial New York), tried and true recipes, and simple fixes, depending on which of my spirits moves me… Follow me, my trials & tribulations, while I (try) to write my first book… Look for postings at least once a week…

wishful linking

Wishful Linking Family History Blog
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

This blog records some information and stories about my family history and genealogical research. I am researching my father’s family (Northcote, Keneally, Riley, Butler, Licet, Maher, Fitzpatrick, Hickey) and my mother’s family (Walters, Kingsbury, Fleming, Carrick, Hoey, Torpy, Holloway, Higgins).

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