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New Genealogy Blogs January 21, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 19 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:

a man of family

A Man of Family
Blog type: Individual family history

I grew up an average girl in an average family; well at least this is the version in my head I always wanted to believe. This story is for family; my grandfather who was robbed of his parental rights, my mother who could not love me, my grandmother who did love me deeply, warmly and unconditionally and many others who have suffered the terrible consequences wrought by a confluence of events twisted together in the darkest spheres of political and personal gain. This blog is a work in progress updates will be added and information refined.

barrys blog

Barry’s Blog on Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy industry, Genealogy vendor blog

Family history is a journey of discovery. It’s about finding answers to the questions one ponders at one time or another.

  • Who are my ancestors?
  • Where did they live?
  • What did they do?

The steps of the journey are guided by the questions we ask. With each answer comes another question. In time, you begin to feel a sense of connection and bond that spans generations. Each individual ancestor contributed in some way to your very existence.

This journey will lead you to discover the names of ancestors and important events such as birth, marriage, and death. As you uncover information from memories, objects, and resources, you are able to create and preserve a documented record.

Barry’s Blog on Genealogy will provide insights to help you gather, organize, and preserve information about your ancestors and share what you find with others. You are encouraged to:

  • Open your mind to ideas
  • Choose what you need
  • Use what you take
  • Share what you learn

Come join Barry in “Sharing Information to Join Generations.”

blue house researchs blog

Blue House Research’s Blog
Blog type: Individual family history Professional genealogist blog

As a historian my work can have some real challenges that may be similar to many industries, and some challenges that are unique to the business of history. My primary focus is on National Register of Historic Places nominations for individual buildings and districts. I also prepare nominations for local and state level historic designations. Research is my passion, I work as a freelance researcher when possible, I just love diggin’ into piles of old documents, books, and maps to find the facts that are history.

Look for blogs about myself, my work, and probably a little ranting along the way. You see, I’m a redhead and I’ve been told that my temperament is stereotypical…whatever, I don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m really looking forward to your comments and feedback, and maybe a few new customers along the way.

brewster swanson fam hist

Brewster/Swanson Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is to provide my family history for other’s and a record for myself. I’ve hit somewhat of a road block as of recently, and I’m trying to find more of my ancestors. Any help is appreciated!!

carolina family roots

Carolina Family Roots
Blog type: Individual family history, South Carolina genealogy

Welcome to my blog, where I will document the genealogy of my family and various allied families living in Chesterfield County, SC and Anson County, NC.

The migration of these early ancestors to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and others parts of the nation.

Problems associated with researching in Chesterfield County, SC.

Contact me at CPurvis1 [at] gmail [dot] com to submit your comments and/or questions related to my 35+ years search to factually document these families.

COMEAU genealogy

COMEAU Genealogy
Blog type: French-Canadian genealogy, Surname blog

Information on the COMEAU surname.


Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy
Blog type: Forensic genealogy

Seeds of this association were planted in 2007 when a small group of forensic genealogists collaborated in filling the gap that other genealogical groups did not meet in this relatively new field.  At that time there were no accepted definitions for heir searcher and forensic genealogist nor was it widely known what the differences between the two were.  In addition, there were few forensic genealogy educational opportunities, mentor programs, specialty credentials, or organizations dedicated to forensic genealogy.

In 2008, members of list-serves for professional genealogists engaged in lengthy discussions in an attempt to define the profession and its specialties.  A core group formed from these discussions to explore the idea of a professional business league dedicated to forensic genealogy.  In May 2011, these explorations and efforts culminated in the registration in the State of Texas of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

gigis geneablog

Gigi’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Genealogy education, Research blogs

I began building my family tree for an 8th grade history project. I’m still researching after 40 years. I want to share my experience with you as resources explode in this Information Age.

glimpses through time

Glimpses Through Time
Blog type: Individual family history

have an ongoing love of social, local and family history and love delving into our ancestors lives, reaching beyond the basics, of name and date of birth to research their lives, how they worked, lived and loved. Through the use of original documents, photographs, and maps, I hope to illustrate their stories.

I have had several Case Studies published in the family history magazine Your Family Tree about some of my ancestors and an article on Housing the Working Classes in Your Family Tree magazine.

I have an especial interest in the history of women, many of whom remain nameless throughout history as they are often left out of parish register entries and unless documented in wills or land records, can remain an enigma to us.

history burgoo

History Burgoo
Blog type: Kentucky genealogy

What is burgoo, anyway? While there seems to be flexibility in the recipes, in general burgoo is a thick, hearty stew with a combination of ingredients, including several different meats, some vegetables and a variety of spices.  Louisiana has gumbo. Kentucky has burgoo—and we take pride in the tradition and heritage it represents.

At KHS, we serve our history like we like our burgoo. Elements of Kentucky history, culture, oral history, social events and programming and scholarly research all combine to help Kentuckians connect to their shared pasts, to offer some perspective on the present and to inspire us for the future.

Visit our blog frequently to find out about these elements, and hear from these authors. And make sure to check out the KHS Web page at

holyoke mass

Holyoke, Mass.
Blog type: Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

I’m a Holyoke expat now living in the Finger Lakes Region of Central NY state.

This site functions as a repository for interesting adaptations of text and images about subjects and places I love relating to the history and genealogy of Western Massachusetts. It also provides a forum for discussion.

For many years now, I’ve been researching my Holyoke-related family genealogy.  In fact, my database contains more than twenty thousand individuals that are both directly and indirectly related to my family and Holyoke.  As of today, I have about 3300 different surnames in my database. If your Holyoke-based surname is among those on the following list, I am interested in hearing from you — plus I have many, many other names that I have compiled significant research upon.  The names in bold are of a significant interest to me — but I am interested in all names, plus others not appearing here:

Aitken, Alexander, Ballou, Baran, Barnett, Battersby, Beach, Beaverstock, Becher, Bessette, Bibby, Biela, Bilz, Blackhall, Blanchette, Bogdanovich, Brooksbank, Brough, Cameron, Campbell, Cathro, Clark, Counter, Couture, Crafts, Crean, Curran, Danner, Daunheimer, Dellert, Dollar, Downie, Dupuis, Eichstaedt, Engle, Englehardt, Equi, Ewen, Flynn, Ford, Fortune, Freeburn, Gallup, Gaylord, Gibson, Gough, Gow, Green, Halkyard, Halliday, Harris, Hay, Hoessler, Houston, Hynd, Irwin, Ittner, Jolly, King, Knowles, LaDuke, Lafond, Laird, Landry, Latour, Lawler, Lempke, Lequin, Lobban, Loescher, Longbottom, Lowe, Mackenzie, Malcolm, Marsh, McCorkindale, McCurry, McDowell, McEwan, McFarlane, McGarvie, McIntyre, Merrill, Merriman, Miles, Minutillo, Mitton, Montcalm, Moores, Murphy, Naughton, Pratt, Rackliffe, Rae, Ross, Schubach, Scougall, Seiffert, Simpson, Sloan, Smith, Stapley, Steadward, Stephens, Stevenson, Tetreault, Thompson, Thomson, Topham, Troelenberg, Tulloch, Valenti, Vigneux, Visco, Volkmann, Wade, Wailgum, Walker, Wilson, Wingate, Winkler, Wyllie , Young.

nmjhs blog

New Mexico Jewish Historical Genealogy Group
Blog type: Jewish genealogy, New Mexico genealogy, Genealogical society blog

NMJHS Genealogy Group Objectives:

  • Stimulate interest in Jewish genealogical research
  • Educate those interested in how to pursue Jewish genealogical research
  • Provide a forum for mutual exchange of information to those already involved in Jewish genealogical research
  • Collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to Jewish genealogy
  • Promote public access to genealogically relevant records
  • Encourage and support New Mexico Jewish family history research

roots seeker

Roots Seeker
Blog type: Individual family history

Notes for Rio Rancho Public Library & Sandoval County (New Mexico) Roots Seekers from Chris Mueller.

sally searches

Sally Searches
Blog type: Individual family history

Like so many others, I have become fascinated by my family history. I was always a good student and enjoyed school, but history and sociolgy were never my things. Maybe it was sneaking peeks at some of the small family heirlooms we had, or realizing that my great-grandparents, who I spent much time with as a child, had to come from somewhere that finally got me going.

I began taking handwritten notes in my teens, then learned about the resources available at both the public and LDS libraries. I learned to write actual letters requesting data. Then came the internet! Computers have always been a part of my professional life, so being a good *user* was no problem. I am glad I started as early as I did, so that I can work on as much as possible while keeping tabs on the technology that goes with it.

I hope to post some of my findings and stories. I also have lots to rave and complain about from my real life! Thanks!

sandoval co gen soc

Sandoval County New Mexico Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, New Mexico genealogy

Explore Your Family History with the Sandoval Co. Genealogical Society. Beginners are welcome!

The next meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 am, at the Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Main Library.

Please join us at the Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado Drive, Rio Rancho, NM.

swedish genealogy

Swedish Genealogy
Blog type: Swedish genealogy

Welcome to my genealogy blog!

My intention is to write about genealogy as a hobby and a science in general, but most of all it will be about my own thoughts and experiences in genealogy and my own findings in my family history and ancestry.

I have been into genealogy for 30 years now and since 2010 I am also working as a professional genealogist in my own company named Trosa Anverk.

I am a specialist in Swedish genealogy and even if my customers often are from USA or other countries, they do have a Swedish heritage.

Did you know that almost a quarter (1/4) of the whole Swedish population emigrated  to USA in the late 1800 and beginning of 1900? This means that today there are actually more people with Swedish heritage living in USA than there is in Sweden itself! Amazing!

the cashmans and clarks

The Cashmans and Clarks
Blog type: Individual family history

It feels good to be back. Those of you who have been in touch with me over the last few years, know that this has been an especially trying time in my life. Having said that, life goes on and it is time for me to move forward. If you are not aware of it, I shut down CashmanClark over year ago because of an ongoing copyright issue I have with a relative, albeit a distant relative, who has taken the liberty of posting  information from Mary’s Garden on without my permission. He admitted to this in an email.  He has made some rather glaring errors along the way and he has placed the blame on me. Nice huh? He copied my work, made errors and then blamed me. Where is the sanity?

When confronted, his wife said: “Get over yourself.”  It was clear they meant to make me feel as if I was the problem. They had made up their minds to take what they wanted and there was no stopping them. This prompted me to shutdown the website. This was a spurious decision. Both my father and my brother died that year in a short span of time. I  was grieving and I was also dealing with some serious health issues. I did not have the strength in that moment to fight this pair. I wanted to prevent them from lifting information from the site and shutting down was my only recourse (short of filing a lawsuit). I felt disrespected and humiliated. My decision was an emotional response, which I now regret. I have no doubt the family history bandit and his spouse will be sniffing around this site looking for more “stuff.” However, if I have learned anything in this life, it is: You get what you give. Be that as it may, it is time to toss away the old issues and begin anew.

This blog is your place (and mine) to leave family stories, remember loved ones, who are no longer with us, share special days and stay connected. It is also a place to make inquiries about family history. As the days wear on, I will be adding register style reports for our Cashman and Clark ancestors.

Oh yes! We have a new web address!

fam hist writing challenge

The Family History Writing Challenge
Blog type: Writing your family history blog

Life can get in the way of some of the best laid plans. Too often, we have very good intentions but somehow we never quite get it done, and often we are overwhelmed that we never even start.

The Family History Writing Challenge is an opportunity for all genealogists, to set some valuable time aside for the next 29 days and commit to writing their family history stories. No more excuses. There are so many benefits to writing your family history.

  • First for yourself, assembling your years of research into a readable and sharable format is very rewarding.
  • Secondly, genealogy has never just been about the research, behind all those facts and documents there hides a story. If you have done your job well, then that story will reveal itself through your research, now it’s time to write and record those stories an engaging format.
  • Thirdly, it is the most concise way of educating your family about their history.

As someone who has produced a family history book, I can tell you that it is an extremely rewarding experience, however it is a time commitment. The only way it can possibly happen is by dedicating time to do the work.

Stop procrastinating, the research will never be done, take what you know, today, now, and begin to assemble your stories. Dedicate the month of February to sitting down and putting your fingers to the keyboard and write your family history.

In an effort to give many of you a gentle push, The Armchair Genealogist is declaring February, Family History Writing Month and I am inviting you to join our challenge.

I am calling on all my fellow genealogist, family historians, beginners and advanced alike, to pledge to begin to write your family history during the month of February. Welcome to The Family History Writing Challenge.

trippin over roots

Tripping Over Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi!  My name is Barry Kline.  I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health and I recently graduated with a MA in East West Psychology.  I will be continuing my studies in 2013 when I begin an mDiv program.  However my studies, readings and other related topics is the topic of my other blog (which I will be starting shortly), My Ground of Being.  This blog is all about my other life passion, genealogy!

I grew up in Virginia, and through my research have discovered that my family roots dig in deep throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, many back to before the Revolutionary War.  Yet for all the information I do have, lots more stays obscured by unverified family stories, records that may have been destroyed during the Civil War, and some ancestors that seem to have had the knack of avoiding any type of recorded record!  This blog will track my adventures, and yes sometimes missteps, in tracing my family history.  Enjoy!

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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