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New Genealogy Blogs January 22, 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 23 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,629 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 hoyt family genealogy

A Hoyt Family Genealogy . . . and Related Surnames
Blog type: Individual family history

In the words of Edmund Burke, “People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”

The family history found in these pages is the result of many years of “looking back”. Beginning in my teen years, with perhaps some foresight of where my curiosity might lead me in the future, I began asking questions of my mother, my brothers, and my aunts and uncles, jotting down dates and people and places as they told the stories of their younger years.

The many notes I took became the springboard for the journey I would later embark on to discover what I could about our ancestors, and it’s a certainty that much of what I have found in the course of my research would not have been possible without their immeasurable help.

My heartfelt thanks to all of my family for their love and encouragement!


Blog type: Individual family history

I am not an expert genealogist by any means.  I’m your basic person who is trying to learn more about family history and blogging the experience as I go.

My research goals are ambitious, as I’d love to be able to fill in as many twigs on the family tree as possible.  Some of the last names which I’m researching are Jones, Pickle (as well as Pickel and Pickell), Meredith, Davis, Manley, Lewis, Adkins, Duff, Conliffe (as well as Cunliffe and Connly), Crunk, Fletcher, Lambert, and Redden.

ancestral discoveries

Ancestral Discoveries
Blog type: Genealogy education, Jewish genealogy, Professional genealogy

My blog hopes to inform people about interesting things in genealogy and to connect them with professionals who can help them find the information they are looking for. I have 35 years of experience with a broad range of research and specialize in Jewish research.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish research. She is the editor of The Galitzianer, the quarterly newsletter focused on Jewish research in the former Austrian province of Galicia, and of ZichronNote, the newsletter of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She is also the publicity director for SFBAJGS and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, California State Genealogical Alliance, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. She has been on the staff of the Oakland Regional Family History Center for eleven years.

australian history for genealogists

Australian History for Genealogists
Blog type: Australian genealogy

I am an under-graduate student of Australian History through the University of New England, Armidale, NSW. I volunteer at the Public Records Office of Victoria. I have an interest in Genealogy, Oral History, Local History, History Preservation and Museums.

For family historians it can be frustrating to look at our records and see that all the information we have on our ancestors is limited to a birth and a death, and a few scant records of events in between. This is a new blog with articles and links especially for people who wish to learn more about the story of Australia in relation to their ancestors, and hopefully will help to create a richer picture of the lives they might have led in relation to the history that was taking place around them.

benjamin kingman curtis

Benjamin Kingman Curtis
Blog type: Individual family history

The search for the names of Benjamin’s parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. began during the 1930’s by his children. This blog will document the search both past, present, and future . . .

elrod family history

Elrod Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

A place where the descendants of Jacob Ellrod of Kulmbach, Germany can communicate and share their family history with the ultimate goal of creating the largest genealogical record of the Elrod Family possible. Johan Teter Ellrod, who came to America in 1709, was a direct descendant of Jacob Ellrod of Kulmbach, Germany.


Blog type: Individual family history

GeneaCircle is a genealogy site I’ve put together to honor my ancestors.  This site is filled with the people and places near to my heart.  In addition you will find many historical discoveries to share.

geneaogy at tivel

Genealogy at
Blog type: Genealogy education blog, Individual family history

Dennis Tivel Sr. has actively been researching the Tivel family connections for nearly a decade. At this time, he has traced family connections through seventeen generations from our youngest family member, back to the 15th century. Truly, the work has been a labor of love.

The first goal of is to present the results of Dennis’ work to family connections. We want to emphasize that by “family connections” we mean all of our family connections–not just families with the Tivel surname. We will present our genealogy through our TNG site at

The second goal of the site is to help anyone who is interested in creating his/her own genealogy. We will do this through informative  articles, tips, tutorials, and resource links at

We encourage family connections to contact us with any information, photos, and documents that can be used to make our current genealogy more inclusive.

We invite all visitors to use the comment form or the “Contact Us” menu item in order to share information, ask questions, or offer suggestions.

We want to hear from family members who would like to help us at There are many gaps in the genealogy that need to be filled. With each new generation, the genealogy expands to include new family connections, and these connections need to be recorded here. Family members–please help.

generations of stories

Generations of Stories
Blog type: Genealogy education, Writing Your Family History blog

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.

im related to whom

I’m Related to Whom?
Blog type: Individual family history

When 2011 arrived I resolved to finish what I started. Since leaving my job in public relations I found several unfinished projects – a quilt that my mother started, keeping my potted herbs alive and actually cook with them , and completing researching my family tree.  Until today, work and life got in the way.

Today is the beginning of my personal journey.  My first task … researching my ancestors beginning with my family and then my husband’s.  Who knows where this new hobby could lead me.

After a few days of digging into my parent’s past, I learned that my grandmother Ida Mae (Simpson) Berkheimer’s family has links to England.  My other grandmother Mary Catherine (Monath) Wildasin has roots back to Germany.  Oh, but there is so much to do – organizing data, documenting information, putting a name to all the photos that my parents stuck (literally) in a photo album.  My dad glued photos to the pages of his photo album.  Thank goodness for scanners!


Blog type: Individual family history, New Zealand genealogy, Pacific Islander genealogy

iwi: Māori word for a set of people bound together by descent from a common ancestor or ancestors; (modern) tribe. Kiwi:(informal) New Zealander; of New Zealand.

I’m a fourth generation Kiwi, currently living back in the land of (many of ) my ancestors – England.

My interest in family history began with a fourth form project way back in 1980. I remember gathering up a whole heap of notes and scraps of paper my father had, and cobbling together a family tree of sorts from all the information.

Since that time, genealogy has had to take a back seat to study, work and now bringing up three kids. It’s only in the last year that I have started researching seriously, and in September, during a bout of apparent insanity, I signed up for a three year correspondence course in genealogy through the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies. I’ve barely started the course and already feel way out of my depth!

I’m hoping that by sharing my research attempts and (possible) triumphs, I’ll learn a lot and maybe even encourage others to begin delving into their family history too.

mahogany box

Mahogany Box
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Genealogy has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. The data included in the Personal Research section of this site spans over four centuries and is the product of more than 30 years of research, fueled by a love of history and a nostalgic desire to know who I am and where I come from. My journey began with the smallest of moments. While on a family vacation in England when I was 13, my grandfather, knowing my love of all things equestrian, gave me a faded, dog-eared photo of a man on a horse.

The picture was 50 years old and the man was my great grandfather, Leonard Turner. Granddad was patient, answering all my questions and then some; spending hour upon hour of that month long visit feeding my hunger for the past. And so it began….

mam-mas southern family

Mam-ma’s Southern Family
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog will focus on the life and ancestors of my grandmother, Pansy “Joni” Louise Lancaster as I research her families.

meridian 14th ward genealogy

Meridian 14th Ward Genealogy
Blog type: Idaho genealogy

Genealogy information and resources for the LDS 14th Ward in Meridian, Idaho.

ozarks history

Ozarks’ History
Blog type: Arkansas genealogy, Geographic location genealogy, Missouri genealogy

History of Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri in the Ozark Plateau.

remembering this day

Remembering This Day In Our History
Blog type: Individual family history

I was born in Augsburg, Germany, grew up in Northern California. My ancestors are German, English and Scottish and settled in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland…rich in history. Recently retired I will be able to pursue my Genealogy addiction full time.

shaking leaves

Shaking Leaves: My Adventures in Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions this year was to start a blog, and actually stick to it. The trouble was coming up with a topic. I’m a Human Resources manager with lots of stories, advice and general cautionary tales to share. I’m also a fiendish knitter and spinner of yarn. But the obsession that I feel an almost constant need to share with everyone is my family history.

How did this obsession come about? Well, like many addictions, it was mostly inherited. My Grandma, Edith Vivian Hunt Brittain, was the original genealogist in our family. I remember sitting with her for hours at her big, round oak table while she wrote long letters to cousins, some she knew well and some she’d never met, trying to untangle the roots of my grandfather’s and her family trees. I also remember hearing about her many trips to Utah and Oklahoma to do research and visit relatives, including her cousin Fritzi, who shared the same passion. She instilled the love of family history in my dad, Bill Brittain, and then in me.

thamez nz genealogy

Thames NZ Genealogy Resources
Blog type: New Zealand genealogy

This is the start of my blog which aims to explore and discuss the genealogy resources for Thames, New Zealand.  At the same time covering aspects of Thames history in order to give you an idea of what life was like for our families who settled the Thames area.

We can easily set about collecting names as we construct our family trees, but how rich they become when we take the next step and build up a picture of what our ancestors lives were really like.  Where did they live? Where did they shop? What did the town look like? Plus many more things along the way.

I will be showing you what information I have on my Thames Genealogy Resources website, while also exploring what information is available at other sites and places.

the family shrubbery

The Family Shrubbery
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is focused on my adventures and misadventures in family research, not necessarily the best and most effective ways to research.  I am an absolute amateur researcher.  Please do not hold this against me or my blog.

My name is Erin.  I have a husband named Andrew.  He will be mentioned many times throughout this blog as he is the most directly affected by my choice of hobby.  He is a good sport.  Sometimes I feel sorry for him because he is married to me.

In terms of my family background, I am the muttiest of mutts.  I could not begin to claim one heritage more than another.  There’s a lot of British Isles in there, Swiss, German, even Choctaw, and Angolan.  Yes, Angolan.  If you saw me you would never believe it.  I’m as white as white gets.  My families, since locating in the U.S., have been primarily in New England, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  Andrew’s family has been in Indiana for a LONG time, which is actually quite delightful, seeing as that is where we reside.

the ridouts of bath

The Ridouts of Bath
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Today is the very first day of this website & blog and so it all looks rather bleak and empty. Over time I hope it’ll become filled with people, images, facts and memories. It will be a labour of love. I’ve been looking into my mother’s family history for several years and have become completely immersed in these people, who are mostly dead, naturally.

My late mother, Esmé May FRANCIS, was born a RIDOUT, one of eight children. Her parents were Bathonians, natives of the city of Bath in Somerset.  These pages will gradually become populated with her family and all the other families that married in over the decades. I sincerely hope that strangers, stumbling in here by accident or design, will be drawn in and find something of value.

uibles a family blog

Uibles Family Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Extensive family history blog of the Uibles family including diaries from 1980s-1990s and much further back.

william lindsay

William Lindsay
Blog type: Individual family history

For any desiring to learn more about the Lindsay family that migrated from Kilmarnock, Scotland and helped settle Heber City and the Wasatch Valley.

From all I can gather, William Lindsay was the straightest of arrows, a saint. In an attempt to keep his experiences refreshed in my mind I am going to declare 2011 William Lindsay’s year on this blog. It won’t be chronological, but will be more like a “on this day in history” approach, along with a smattering of his poetry, and therefore it is not chronological. Though it is difficult to distill a life of 84 years into 365 days, I am going to try. Please sign the guestbook. I’d love for this to be a gathering place for discussion on the man.

wise-stewart genealogy

Wise-Stewart Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Why not? I’ve come across many things in my family history searches. Often I would say, “Oh, I’ll never forget that!” But trying to remember what I found six months later . . . is nearly impossible. This blog will capture some of the random information I locate, with links back to it so I don’t keep performing the same searches over and over again.

I’m researching both my lines and my husband’s lines; this complicated task has taken me from the mountains of Georgia to the flats of Texas, from the Midwest to New England, and back here to South Carolina.

Surnames and locations are listed to the right; if you have information, comments, or just want to trade memories, contact me.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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