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New Genealogy Blogs January 8, 2011

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[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 27 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,570 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 couple of whiles

A Couple of Whiles
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is about me, well my family. I am currently exploring my family history. I am trying to capture who we are and where we come from. I love the thrill of the hunt and playing detective to uncover leads and links to relatives of the past. So sit back, enjoy and stay a couple of whiles to share in my journey.

4hall cousins

4 Hall Cousins
Blog type: Individual family history, Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

The Four Hall Cousins blog has been created to present the history of Edward Hall of Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, formerly of Henbury, Gloucestershire, England, who arrived in Plymouth about 1636/37. The main focus will be on his son, Samuel Hall, who married Abigail Pratt; his son, Jonathan Hall, Sr. who married Sarah Ockington; and his son, Jonathan Hall, Jr., who married Lydia Leonard, all known to have lived in that portion of Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, that became Raynham in 1731.

From Jonathan Hall, Jr. and his wife, Lydia Leonard, we will show how we tie in Silas Leonard Hall who is first documented in 1774 when he married the presumed widow, Eunice Titus, in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Silas Leonard Hall removed from Salisbury to Danby, Tompkins (then Tioga County), New York about 1808/09.

We hope that this blog will provide additional information to those researching these families, as well as allied families and other branches and stimulate productive discussions; we hope also that it will attract new cousins who will help add to our information base.

african-american gen wv

African-American Genealogy – West Virginia
Blog type: African-American genealogy, West Virginia genealogy

About ten years ago I started to look for the identity of my greatgrandparents in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. I immediately hit a brick wall. Not only could I not find my greatgrandparents, I couldn’t find my grandparents.

I knew that they were all from the area and I was puzzled by my inability to find them. I branched out to neighboring counties and found my father’s paternal grandparents in Monroe County. My grandfather was known by various names & showed up as a child with my father’s name though I had always known him by his middle name. I knew it was the correct family because of the names of his 13 brothers and sisters.

My maternal grandparents were harder to find. However, an archivist at the WV Division of Culture and History located my grandmother for a $10.00 fee. My grandmother had been difficult to find as I had also known her by her middle name and she was registered in her first name, a name that I had never heard.

Somewhere along the line I decided that if I simply wrote down the names of every black/mulatto/native American that I could find in the area, by the process of elimination, I would locate my ancestors.

Every year I would send a copy of my draft notes to a historical society or museum. The first year I sent one tiny section consisting of, at most, forty pages. Now, there are 27 sections. Various versions of the notes are housed at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in Charleston, WV, the Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, WV, the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, & WV State University in Institute, WV. Additionally, I assisted some of the “WV genweb” pages with their Black Residents sections. My notes are essentially an index of people who I found and the places where I found them.

I now feel that it might be of some help to folks who had ancestors in southeastern West Virginia to share some tips and information via a blog.

A disclaimer is necessary: I am not a genealogist. After ten years, however, I’ve learned to find some information in this area of the country. Because I’m not a genealogist I probably didn’t adhere to a lot of “genealogical rules”. I attempted to make my notes user-friendly. For instance the names “Lewis & Louis” are found in one section, as are “Payne, Pain, Pane, & Paine”. Another disclaimer: Everything should be rechecked because mistakes can be made in typing or reading the information.

anns scraps of time

Ann’s Scraps of Time
Blog type: Craft blogs, Individual family history

I am a SAHM of 3 fantastic kids- Griffin who is 13 and twin girls Gretchen and Gillian who are 10. I live in Eastern Iowa, close to the Quad Cities. I have been married to my wonderful husband James for 16 years in August. I have 2 hobbies that I enjoy which are scrapbooking and other paper arts and genealogy. I do genealogy research for hire for others who may not have the same resources as me. I am also a consultant for Memory Works.

damarais fish genealogy

Demarais Fish on Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been working to get a handle on my family history for many years. This will be a lifelong process, with more grandchildren coming and more research the other direction coming to light. One of the most fun activities is finding distant relations with whom to collaborate.

downeast ancestors

Downeast Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history, Maine genealogy, New England genealogy

My family has deep roots in Downeast Maine. My ancestors migrated to Washington County, Maine in the late 1700s. My father, his parents, and grandparents all grew up and lived in and around the town of Jonesport, Maine. I spent many summers in Jonesport as a child. I have a lot of fond memories of Jonesport. I created this blog to share my family research with others that may find it useful also. I also hope to meet some of my distant downeast relatives through this blog.

easter family genealogy

Easter Family Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

My father has been tracing the genealogy of my family, and related families, for about forty years. I took over a few years ago, and have started on my husband’s family.


My father’s family was from Suffolk, and moved to London. My mother was from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, her family were originally from the Cheshire/Staffordshire border. One branch emigrated to Utah, as Mormon Pioneers.

My husband’s immediate family were from London. His father’s family originally came from Cork in Ireland. His mother’s family were from Devon.

family history across the seas

Family History Across the Seas
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

My interests are family history, emigration history and travel.

If you want to read my posts scroll down the right hand column for “Recent Posts”, the categories that interest you, or click on dates which are showing in red on the calendar. You can also subscribe if you want to be advised of new posts, or click on the RSS Links.

Although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Queenslander, I now live in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, commonly called the Top End. Our climate is tropical with all that entails -hot, humid weather; cyclones or the potential for them; storms, lightning and thunder then clear skies with no rain throughout the Dry. From time to time I’ll talk about what’s happening here & sights and sounds of the Tropics.

family tree rings

Family Tree Rings: An Ancestral Birthday Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Throughout the next year, I will post about each Cramer-Wells ancestor on their birthday (those that we know more about than just a name/date/place), sharing life histories, photos, and interesting info. This will be between eight and fifteen posts a month throughout the calendar year (with only a few overlapping birthdays, incredibly enough)–an easy way to learn about an ancestor a day!


Blog type: Technology blog

I’ve always had a deep and abiding interest in technology, the internet and gadgets. I also have a passion for genealogy, so this blog is mostly about the intersection of tech and family history. However, I also reserve the right to occasionally throwback to bygone eras when the coolest gadget was a horse. Fasten your seatbelt (or hold onto the saddle horn) and enjoy!

gol gol girl

Gol Gol Girl
Blog type: Individual family history

My interest in family history has spanned almost 30 years and I thought I would share some tips through this medium to my friends of how to enjoy the thrill of the chase of those elusive ancestors.  Starting week one of 2011, I will share ideas and tips of how to start your family history and to record it.  This knowledge is all self-taught by experiencing the journey myself.

Only this week I discovered why my Thomas Coombs was transported in 1809, some things you never find, others come easily.  I started in the days of writing letters and waiting months for the postman to drop a reply in the letter box.  The release of Australian States Birth Deaths and Marriages Indexes on microfiche in the late 1980’s onwards made research so much easier as it bridged the years preceding the knowledge of our living elderly relatives.

hunting ancestors

Hunting Ancestors
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

I chucked in a 26 year career in design and publishing to re-invent myself. Tired of the rat race, my goal was to work as a family historian somehow, and I chose to re-train as a librarian. The new career path was successful, in that four years later, I now work at a Public Library as a Family Historian in the largest family history library in New Zealand! How cool is that? Am I the luckiest person or what?

indiana dillmans

Indiana Dillmans
Blog type: Indiana genealogy, Individual family history, Midwest genealogy

I’m an experienced IT professional with over a decade in primarily academic settings. I have been a jack of all trades technician, supporting everything from the single user desktop to multiple buildings’ entire IT infrastructure. In my free time I enjoy photography, genealogy, history and science fiction.

As the label says, this blog will be about Indiana Dillmans, people with the Dillman surname who lived primarily in Indiana.  I don’t live in Indiana, but most of my Dillman ancestors lived in and near Crawford County in southern Indiana. I have visited the area several times for research purposes, mostly cemetery visits. This is my family history.

In addition, I will talk about sources, tools and tips I’ve come across in my years of researching my family history in hopes they will be of some use to others.  I’ve been working on this since the mid-80’s when I caught the bug from my grandmother.  At that time, it was all talking to living relatives, checking their Bibles and other family documents, and visiting courthouses and other repositories of information and records.  Fortunately for genealogists, things have improved, and I will talk more about that in future posts.

irish genealogy news

Irish Genealogy News
Blog type: Irish genealogy

Irish genealogy research is famous for being difficult, if not impossible. This reputation isn’t entirely deserved, although there can be some fundamental difficulties in discovering your Irish ancestry, particularly if you don’t know where your ancestors lived. That’s why I launched my website, Irish Genealogy Toolkit. It’s a free online guide to Irish family history research, and it’s designed to help you to find your heritage.

This blog runs in parallel with the main website. It includes news about the latest record releases, occasional features and interviews with genealogy specialists, as well as loads of tips and hints to help you with your research.

Make sure to bookmark the blog’s home page, and check in regularly to keep up to date with all that’s happening in the world of Irish genealogy.

kathryns quest

Kathryn’s Quest
Blog type: Individual family history

My first try at finding some information on my family tree was in the 80’s on the old UseNet groups. There wasn’t much out there yet and I rarely saw any mention of any of my surnames. I registered on an early version of the RootsWeb lists that was sent out periodically and just listed surname, dates, and locations. I never heard anything back from that!

I tried again in the late 90’s and had some success. My original quest was for information on my great-great-grandfather Timothy Creeden. All I knew was that he came from Ireland and was born in County Cork. I still don’t know a whole lot about him, but that search has led to finding out so much more about my family tree.

I have a website with some information on my family tree at

I’m planning on posting here as I continue my quest for the missing links in my tree!

leaves of heritage

Leaves of Heritage
Blog type: Professional genealogist

I am a freelance genealogist who has been doing family research for more than 3 years now. I am currently working to earn a certificate in American Genealogy from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, with electives focusing on Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Poland, and Germany. When I am finished with this, I will pursue my professional certification through the Board of Certification of Genealogists. As of now, I have over 1000 hours of research under my belt, and have made many wonderful discoveries in my own family, as well as those of my clients.

letters from home

Letters from Home
Blog type: Individual family history

A place for stories, mostly true, about people whom we know (or can somehow feel that we know). Many stories come from genealogy research, but not all of them. Good stories are good stories. Olden days, the present time, even a view to the future – all of it is fair game.

maduro family branches

Maduro Family Branches
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy, Portuguese genealogy

Welcome to my blog about branches on the Maduro family tree. This blog is about the Maduro family and associated families. Some of these include Brandon, Cardoze, de Castro, Delvalle, Fidanque, Halman, de Leon, de Lima, Lindo, Piza, Robles, Sasso, de Sola, and Toledano.

Over the years I’ve collected genealogical information about the Levy Maduro family of Amsterdam, their Portuguese ancestors, and their Maduro descendants around the world. In this blog I’ll describe the Maduro connection to some of those other families.

no more wriggling

No More Wriggling Out of Writing Woman . . .
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Hi, my name is Suzie Grogan and I am a freelance professional researcher and writer on topics as diverse as social exclusion, social and family history (with particular reference to the history of mental health treatment and 19th & 20thC London) and womens’ health issues. With many years experience of research to support public and voluntary sector policy and strategy development I am now putting my skills to use researching issues of importance to me. I am a keen genealogist and social historian, and have had a number of articles published in magazines.

I am also a 40 something wife and mother of two teenagers who haven’t yet realised how interesting their mother can be if given the chance.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with and successfully treated (including reconstruction)  for breast cancer, and I have had Primary Lymphoedema since my teens, but although I would love to hear from people who share my experiences, this blog is a place to be creative  about life, writing and living life and writing.

norma jeans genealogy blog

Norma Jean’s Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

The Benoy Family web site has drawn, and continues to draw, the attention of Benoys and descendants of Benoys from around the world including Canada, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  It is my hope that the site will act as a catalyst to connect the various branches of our family tree both in the genealogical sense – working together to find the links which connect one branch to another – as well as in the sense of establishing communication between the diverse members of our family tree.

I’ve made few changes in the past 10 years or so and the site does not include all of the data which I have collected over that time so it is now time for a complete overhaul !!!

Watch this blog for updates on the progress of my genealogy research as well as changes and improvements to the Benoy Family site.

the genealogy dude

The Genealogy Dude
Blog type: Professional genealogist

Genealogy is America’s favorite hobby.  We at The Genealogy Dude are here to find your ancestors, to discover who they were and what they did.  We exist for your research needs.  Visit our Web site and see just who we are and what we can do for you.

We also design heraldic crests to immortalize your family in an official way only a coat of arms can provide.

See the link to the side to find our Web site and contract us to begin using our services.

From time to time, we will post interesting genealogy finds, research tips, and other tidbits informative to the genealogy enthusiast.

the old colony graveyard rabbit

The Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit
Blog type: Cemetery blog, Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

A blog devoted mainly to the cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts with occasional forays elsewhere in New England. A member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

sand creek sentinel

The Sand Creek Sentinel Oktibbeha County Genealogy
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Mississippi genealogy

Who: Hello!  My name is Anita Boyd and I am the moderator of this blog.

I’m so glad that you stopped by.  Here, at the Sand Creek Sentinel, you’ll find a variety of techniques that I’ve used to preserve my Mississippi Heritage.

What, Why, & When: After watching African American Lives numerous times, I began actively researching my family history in August 2006. As my maternal grandmother was still alive (then 83 years young and still going strong!), I began looking for her family. Itinerant laborers, it took me four months before I had my first lead.

Where: During those same four months, I was also looking for my dad’s family in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. At, there were leaves everywhere. Within a day, I had many branches going back to 1870. Years before, I was back in the States and waiting for my student visa to come through, I went to the home of father’s eldest sister. ” ‘…I remember there was a James and a Mary,’ ” my Aunt Ruby told me.

the usct chronicle

The USCT Chronicle
Blog type: African-American genealogy

Telling African American Civil War Stories, of Soldiers, Civilians, Contrabands, First Days of Freedom, and the Events that led to Freedom.

tomorrows memories

Tomorrow’s Memories
Blog type: Individual family history

Family stories, vacations, pictures, hobbies (music, art, quilting, needlework, crocheting/knitting, GENEALOGY, photography, baking, and cooking) most things in which I am interested are posted here. Leave me a comment, those make my day!!!

whispers through the willows

Whispers Through the Willows
Blog type: Acadian genealogy, Canadian genealogy, Cemetery blogs, French-Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Massachusetts cemeteries.

yankee cousins adventures

Yankee Cousin’s Adventures in Ancestry
Blog type: Individual family history

Intergenerational busy-body, cemetery traipser, travel industry worker with flight bennies and subscription to Think Gladys Kravitz with an Internet connection and a boarding pass

My interest in genealogy began when I was a little kid.  My grandmother, Laura Lancaster, was a freelance feature article writer for The Lewiston Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine.  Being a freelance feature article writer is a much better job than being a regular journalist in my opinion.  Rather than reporting the news, you get to write about things you’re actually interested in; things such as your own genealogy, or “beekeeping,” or the history of some random lighthouse in Maine.   And if you are my grandmother, you’re a naturally curious person and enjoy visiting cemeteries, beekeepers, and lighthouses and from time to time, you drag your equally curious granddaughter along on your little adventures; that would be me.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

14 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs January 8, 2011

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Thomas! I’ve seen an instant jump in views and follows from this post. You can be sure I’ll return the favor…

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