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New Genealogy Blogs January 7, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 21 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 nested family of robbins

A Nested Family of Robbins
Blog type: Individual family history

A sixth generation Texan captivated by genealogy.  A place to report family findings and news, post pictures, and tell stories about my paternal and maternal lines.

android genealogy

Android Genealogy
Blog type: Technology blog

I am an ancient Australian ancestor hunter who was formerly a librarian, teacher and IT specialist. Fascinated by Web2.0 applications I spend every spare moment chasing ancestors and connecting with other genealogists. I also blog at and

The love affair with my Android device started with its purchase in April 2011.

Since then I have bonded with this extension of my left hand every day as I find new ways to use it not just to enrich my genealogy experience but to try organise my  life. Luckier than most people my Galaxy Tab has travelled around the world once already and kept me connected via wifi in airports, hotels, at sea, in McDonalds and other free wifi hotspots.

briley genealogy

Briley Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Surname blog

I am not an expert on every genealogical issue or lineage.  Therefore, I will make mistakes.  I will do my best to correct mistakes brought to my attention.  Research is an individual effort, and while I do not mind sharing what I have learned or postulated based on current evidence, I cannot guarantee it is correct or accurate.

I will do my best to link only to legitimate sites, but spam does sneak through every now and then.  Anything you share in private, including your e-mail to log in, will remain private.  If you choose to share information in comments or guest posts, it is no longer private.

Thanks so much for understanding that I have to include the above information.

dance skeletons

Dance Skeletons
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Tracing our family history to Australia, one skeleton at a time.  New to genealogy, I love shaking the tree and making those skeletons dance.

family tree frog

Family Tree Frog
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Hello and welcome to my new blog!

I have spent many hours sucking my teeth and trying to come up with a meaningful title/mascot for my new blog that will give some insight into my background and approach to the absorbing hobby of family history.

I live in Brisbane, Australia and the Graceful Treefrog is the faunal emblem of Brisbane.

Whilst I don’t want you to think that I jump to conclusions in my family history research, it is fair to say that I probably do tend to jump around a bit in terms of location. My husband’s and my own family tree can take me anywhere from Brisbane to Barbados and to Britain with a few other places in between.

Growing up I enjoyed watching The Muppets with my mother and laughing at dear earnest Kermit and all the other crazy characters such as Miss Piggy. I hope that I can be as earnest, conscientious and sensitive as Kermit in my reporting of family history research.

Sometimes I might be a bit of a lost frog – being whisked away by other tasty pursuits such as knitting or reading or studying. Bear with me won’t you?

I am studying a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship) online through the University of Canberra and working casually at the Caboolture Library in the Local and Family History Room. Occasionally I undertake short courses with Pharos Tutors too and have found them very useful. I am also the Research Team Coordinator for the Queensland Family History Society as well as volunteering in the library once a month or so as a library assistant. All these pursuits should give me ample fuel for blogging.


Blog type: Individual family history

For many years I have been accused of hoarding the family photos. Well, if this be the case, then I am ready to do penance for my transgressions. This site has been created for the singular purpose of sharing personal photos, history and memories with family members and in-laws only. If you are a stranger and only visiting, please respect the copyrights folks. If you are a relation or direct family member feel free to download the materials for your own personal records; this is why the information has been included here. I will continue to add the family trees as these are reviewed and the photographs are restored and cleaned. If you are either blood related, related by marriage or in-laws and would like me to include your information and photos, you may write my gallery’s e-mail at There are quite a few families to cover here so please be patient and enjoy.

going the extra yad

(going) The Extra Yad
Blog type: Jewish genealogy

During my four+ years of obsessive study and research into my family history, I’ve steadily built a mailing list of cousins, colleagues, and landsman. Initially the sharing was frequent. Now, less so as the “discoveries” have taken more blood, sweat and tears time and are, while exciting for me, perhaps a bit boring esoteric for all but the most genealogically inclined (perhaps the play-by-play of how I located the woman who traveled to Ellis Island with my great grandfather is more than one bargained for). The fact is that my research has produced ever so much more than that nicely colored .pdf family tree (don’t you want to know how my great grandmother used pastry as a weapon?). Email has not been the best venue for sharing.

I spend all of my a great deal of time in front of my computer or, when time and travel allows, out in court houses, archives or cemeteries.  But, collaboration with the living has been one of the most satisfying and fruitful methods of advancement for my family research. I have sought out contacts with close and far-flung relations that have added appreciably to my knowledge of family. I believe, from how open and welcoming most of these cold-call relations have been, that both sides have appreciated this newly shared knowledge.

My research has benefited from the helping hands and ideas of colleagues whose only interest is in sharing the joy of discovery. I have also found that lending a hand and sharing my developed and developing skills as a researcher brings me great satisfaction (if not for working on another’s tree, I never would have ventured into pre-1900 federal census records; it reinvigorates my research when I can be reminded how easy it often was early on in my research to find records).

heart of the story

Heart of Story
Blog type: Individual family history

My love for family and family history is only part of my introduction. The hunt for headstones and photos of ancestors help add details to the family history stories that I love to write. I enjoy the genealogical research, scrolling through the microfilm or online images of original records. I love technology and constantly explore new ways to use technology to help with my research. Social networking is a blast, finding long-lost cousins, and making new friends are just two of the benefits. I will spend hours on a photo restoration project and enjoy the hunt for new ancestral photos to add to my collection.

idaho genealogical society

Idaho Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society blog

We are so excited you found us. Come join us and see why the unraveling of family history is the fastest growing hobby in the land. All members of Idaho Genealogical Society and persons interested in their family history are welcome to attend. The Idaho Genealogical Society meets 11 months out of the year. December is our holiday month.

Meetings are held at noon on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Idaho Archives located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho 83712-8250.

michaels genealogy blog

Michael’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Michael Auger and I’ve been involved in genealogy for about 20 years now.  However, the seeds were planted way back in the late 1970’s when my older brother Donald gave the family a copy of a genealogy report for our Dad’s side that he had researched and created.  Needless to say I was enthralled.    Beginning in the early 1990’s I started expanding upon Donald’s work and also working on my Mom’s side as well.    Fast-forward to today I continue to do genealogical research and have a strong desire to ultimately become a professional genealogist and towards that goal in May of 2011 became a graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program.

After a couple of years of gnawing on the idea, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and become a blogger.   While genealogy research has always been fun for me, one of my biggest genealogical goals is to write family history stories based on my research, so at the most basic level, I’m hoping this blog will be the impetus to write more in general and also to connect with other genealogists and potential cousins.

So, here it goes.  Now that post number one is officially under my belt, I’m looking forward to learning from fellow genealogists and to sharing information.

north carolinas 5 oldest towns

North Carolina’s Five Oldest Towns
Blog type: North Carolina genealogy, Geographic genealogy

North Carolina’s earliest settlers and five oldest towns are carefully documented with images to enhance the readers pleasure.

rooting around the beal family tree

Rooting Around the Beal Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

Letters to my ancestor, Uncle Selah Beal advising him on my attempts to find the various and sundry members of the family.

I became obsessed- yes, I’ve admitted it- with Genealogy 30 years ago. I love the mystery, the research, the history, meeting people, helping people, old cemeteries, what is not to love about it?

scoops scoop

Scoop’s Scoop
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been messing around on this blog since September of last year.  I have kept it quiet as I haven’t really been sure what it is that I am supposed to do with this blog!  But this year, I have decided it is time to jump in with both feet!

This blog is named after a family newsletter I used to write each month.  It was a hodgepodge of different articles about what family members were doing in their lives…a predecessor to Facebook in a way.  I always tried to include information regarding one of our ancestors.  This not only supplied the information to my family, but also gave me the opportunity to pull together some of the research I had been doing.  I intend to keep adding more information here as we go along…

I have been working on my family genealogy for many years.  What I like most about genealogy is that it is a bunch of little pieces that when put together creates a full picture of who one is and where they came from…I so enjoy solving puzzles!

I am going to look around and see what kinds of prompts I can get to help me along the way…I’ve heard they really help getting a blog going.

My husband and I are both retired and have begun to do more traveling to various parts of the world.  I intend to include that information as well!

Thus, a variety of flavors!

So today’s the day….I am finally going to do this…wish me luck!

taking my time

Taking My Time
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi, I’m Bill Murray. I am the owner/administrator of

Taking My Time is a personal blog and, although the TimePage will be a focus, I intend to explore other subjects as well.  For a start, since I am an avid family researcher, I intend to mix a lot of genealogy and family history into the blog.  Look for anything I think is interesting to show up.  If we get lucky, some of it may be interesting to you as well.

As the blog name implies, I am not in a hurry and ultimately only time will tell where I am headed.

As I mentioned above, I have decided to combine my genealogy work with the history in the TimePage.   Consequently, as I attempt to incorporate my family history into the TimePage I will be documenting the process in this blog.  See the Family Tab for details.

the approaching past

The Approaching Past
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been researching my family’s history in earnest since February 2011 and I love it. There’s nothing like the feeling when I discover a new bit of information so that another piece of the puzzle falls into place. Yet, when you uncover one piece of data that answers a long-held question, another fresh question presents itself.  When the research websites no longer reveal new details on one line of research, figuring out a way to find that information through other sources  is a rush.

The purpose of this blog is to record my family history (as I uncover it) and my thoughts about the information I’m discovering. I also hope to connect with others who have information about the following names in the below locations:

SLADE – in Early County, Georgia / Canton, Stark County, Ohio

HOLMAN – in Tuckahoe, Henrico, Virginia / Brookland, Henrico, Virginia / Jefferson Township, Kanawha, West Virginia / St. Albans, Kanawha, West Virginia / Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia / Canton, Stark County, Ohio / Minerva, Carroll County, Ohio

DAVIS – in Bland, Henrico County, Virginia / Jefferson Township, Kanawha, West Virginia

THOMAS – in Union Springs, Alabama

ROBINSON OR ROBERTSON OR ROBERSON – in Midway Town, Bullock, Alabama / Union Springs, Ward 5, Bullock, Alabama

HALL – in Midway, Bullock, Alabama / Hawkinsville, Barbour, Alabama

PARKER – in Midway, Bullock, Alabama

SIMMONS – in Alabama

HOLIDAY – in Franklin, Columbus, Ohio

By the way, I’m originally from Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

the cozy cuzn corner

The Cozy Cuzn Corner
Blog type: Individual family history

A Stumbling Block or a Stepping Stone 

Isn’t it strange that Princes and Kings
And clowns who caper in stardust rings,
And common people like you and me
Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a set of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life has flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

(Author Unknown)

the family snoop

The Family Snoop
Blog type: Individual family history

My interest in our family history began back in 1995 when Charles and I visited his Aunt Mary Rockforte who lived in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Her kitchen had bookcases in it which were overflowing with binders full of family group sheets and information relating to the many surnames on their side of the family. As I browsed through the Bourgoyne-Rockforte information, I found myself lost in all the history of the families. I copied a few of the family group sheets and that is where my research began.  Here I am, 16 years later- I’ve filled in quite a few of our family “branches”.   But I’m not finished yet!  I’ll keep on SNOOPING out more information to add to our family tree, leaf by leaf and twig by twig.

the journals of maurice leonard reed

The Journals of Maurice Leonard Reed
Blog type: Diary blog

Maurice Leonard Reed was the son of Percy Adelbert and Mary Adeline (Beem) Reed.  He was born 18 June 1891 in Manlius, Allegan County, Michigan.  About 1902 his family moved to Beulah, Michigan, where Percy ran a shoe store.  Maurice went to the Benzonia Academy, where he graduated in 1913. He was in the Army during the First World War, and was stationed in Columbus, Ohio; later he said that the only thing that kept him from being shipped overseas was his skill in typing.  He married Ruby Marie Chase of Bear Lake Michigan (the daughter of Henry Hickox and Ruth (Prosser) chase) in Columbus, Ohio on 8 June 1918.  Shortly afterwards they settled in Lansing, Michigan, where Maurice became a truant officer for the Lansing Public Schools. These are his journals.

the rootyard porter

The Rootyard Porter
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Sara Magnuson and I primarily study genealogy, history and story-telling.  I also study plants (horticulture, botany, herb/root medicine), so the symbolism of things like the ‘family tree’ or the ‘tree of knowledge’ ring especially true to me.   My more traditional education has been in horticulture/botany, art history and humanities.

I’m currently working through the National Genealogical Society’s graded home-study course in preparation to submit a portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

tracking down the family

Tracking Down the Family
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

For my first blog entry I’d like to record why I’m so fascinated with this subject that most of my friends and family find, well, just plain boring.  I fell into recording my family history by accident about 10 years ago when I was asked to help organise a family reunion. This was not my family so I was able to just take it all in without worrying about the work and research that needed to be done. But I was hooked and am now studying for my Diploma of Genealogy and continuing on with the never ending task of researching and recording the history of the many branches and twigs on my family tree.

Back at the start, my first step was to talk to Dad about his family. All I knew was that his parents died when he was about 5. I had no idea how or why, and am ashamed to say that for most of my life, never questioned what might have caused Dad and his brothers and sisters to become orphans. The first thing I discovered was that Dad’s parents, my grandparents died within 6 weeks of each other. This piece of information really got me interested. Off I went to Births Deaths and Marriages to get their death certificates full of excitement. I will never forget the sadness and devastation I felt on reading my grandmothers death certificate, and seeing the names of her 10 children listed there. How sad it must have been for her to be a new widow, and now find herself seriously ill, knowing that she was going to die and leave all these children alone in the world.  The second youngest, age 5 was my Dad. Until then other than my Dad, they had just been names on a page. At that moment I realised that this was my family. A family that I never knew existed until now.

To say I was hooked was an understatement.

trials and tribulations

Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian
Blog type: Individual family history

My journey down the long winding road of family history and genealogy. Read about all my problems, ideas, and discoveries as I research my and my husband’s family tree.

Shannon currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two boys, and one malamute. She earned her BS in Biology from Indiana University, with the aspiration of becoming a genetic counselor. With the birth of her first son, plans changed and she is now a domestic engineer overseeing the daily schedules and running of the house. Shannon has always had an interest in her family history and loved listening to the stories of her family growing up. Since January of 2011 she has enjoyed uncovering the facts that go with those stories, and becoming in her husband’s words “the destroyer of family myths.”

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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