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New Genealogy Blogs July 14, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 13 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:

Ancestry Search
Blog type: Individual family history

I began my journey down the genealogical road in 1985. I have learned much, and have much more to learn.

Finding Family
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

The Beginning: I originally started my family tree when my brother stated that “someone really should sort it out.” Curious about the history of my family, I started searching and found that it was quickly becoming one of my favourite hobbies. If I’m really honest, it’s not just a hobby, it’s an obsession.

It has now been several years since I first started researching and I have gathered many stories, records and clues to help piece together the lives of my ancestors. All of them are fascinating and all of them call out for my attention. I have no idea when it will end and it has often hit me that it probably won’t.

The Blog: Since starting my family tree, at the back of my mind, I wanted to somehow share all that I’d learnt. Not really knowing how to progress with such a task and feeling incredibly overwhelmed, my best friend suggested I write a blog. To this end I aim to share not only the stories of my family but everything in between that lead me to them. I hope you enjoy reading about my discoveries as much as I enjoyed making them.

From Aberdeen to Alabama
Blog type: Alabama genealogy, Individual family history, Scottish genealogy

A beginning genealogist explores Leslie family history. Just how did my ancestors get from Aberdeenshire, Scotland to Alabama anyway?

Jeanie’s Genealogy Journey
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Jeanie Keel. I am 31 years old and married to a wonderful man Craig. We have 2 children together, Katie 2 yrs old and Jonathan 1 year old. I also have 3 wonderful step-daughters, Keeli, Morgan, and Zoie. I am starting to research my family history and it’s not an easy process, I can see that so far. However, it is a fascinating and enlightening hobby.

My Jackson Purchase Families
Blog type: Individual family history, Kentucky genealogy

The Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky is comprised of the eight westernmost counties – Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken. It is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River, on the north by the Ohio River, on the east by the Tennessee River and the state of Tennessee to the south. By Kentuckians it is generally referred to simply as “the Purchase”. Andrew Jackson and Isaac Shelby purchased the land lying west of the Tennessee River from the Chickasaw tribe and opened the area for settlement around 1820.

Within the next few years, my grandfather’s ancestors came there from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee – the Beadles, Clapps, Pryors and Wingos settled in Graves County with the Reeves and Halls in neighboring Ballard County.

No Hoof Left Behind
Blog type: Individual family history

In my professional career, I’ve been running Competitive Intelligence and Strategy Departments at large corporations for over 20 years.  I‘ve always prided myself on being able to uncover just about any piece of information.  That was, however, before I started doing genealogical research…

For me, I’d done research for my entire professional career, but the research that I needed to undertake on my ancestors and their life histories was a whole different ballgame – and I wasn’t prepared.

I started doing genealogical research back in 2008 and really only wanted to answer two simple questions (more on that in the initial blog post).  And as I remember it, that first year was a rough one.  In fact, I wanted to quit several times.  However, when I reached my lowest moments I always seemed to have someone provide encouragement and advice that pulled me through the rough stretch.  When looking back, I remember that each time I had a low moment – a big discovery was right around the corner.

Because I never read any genealogy books, took any formal classes or attended any genealogy conferences, my research strategy could at worst be described as haphazard and at best, accidental.  Those first few years, I just stumbled into so many lucky breaks.  Even now, I rarely have formal research plans – although I do maintain an extensive to-do list that I work from.

Just this past year when making a family visit, a relative suggested that I should’ve written up the process of how I uncovered so much information.  He inquired, “wouldn’t someone (or anyone) find that interesting?”  Now I haven’t maintained a diary or anything like that, but since 2008, I have taken excellent notes on all my findings (and pitfalls) as well as maintaining a research log.  So with those records as a base, I’ve finally decided it’s time to share some of what I’ve stumbled into.

As you can probably guess, what this blog won’t talk about it is a formal research process or methodology.  In fact, we’ll probably be “all over the place.”  I will pull no punches.  If I visit an operation and get treated poorly, I’ll talk about it.  We’ll have a conversation about my failures – in this research (much like baseball), a 30% success rate is pretty good.  I’ll also write about the places that have their act together – much like the bad organizations you deal with in your research, the good ones need to be called out as well.   I’ll do my best to post on a weekly basis (or as the mood hits) and I’ll discuss some of the new findings (or lack thereof) that I run into.  I will not reference people who are still living (unless they are celebrities in the field of genealogy).  Typically, if I need to reference a living person, I will simply use initials.

Oh, and finally, why did I choose to name this blog “No Hoof Left Behind?”    Well, there’s a good story behind that.  My family surname that I’ve mostly focused my research on is Breeding.    As part of our family history book, we’ve written extensive biographies of all of my Grandpa Lyle Breeding’s 21 Breeding cousins.  One cousin, named Opal Breeding, had written an autobiography entitled “On the Battlefield for the Lord.”  It’s a wonderful book that I’ve read probably ten times over and it provided some excellent material for what our family life was like in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  In her book, she also wrote about her father telling her husband, Edward Luelf, to scout out the land he was moving to before re-locating Opal and their young daughter.   But Opal’s husband said like Moses, “we are not leaving a hoof behind.”  To me, family history is a lot like that.  Borrowing from the concept of cluster genealogy, when you think of a family unit as not just parents and siblings, but instead, cousins and aunts and uncles, that’s when you reap the true rewards of this journey.  In short, when researching your family history, “no hoof should be left behind.”

Thank you for visiting my blog.  If you see your ancestors on this blog, or if you have questions and comments, please feel free to contact me as I am always happy to share information.

Old Bones Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

This blog will be a potpourri of genealogy-related topics ranging from methodology, education, business and technology to personal family history and opinions, mostly because I could not see me limiting myself to staying on topic with a single theme.  I plan to provide new postings at least weekly.

Past Times Are My Pastime
Blog type: Individual family history

Ah! Genealogy! I love the research. I love the dusty courthouse storage rooms that hold musty books full of ancient documents bearing original signatures and seals.  Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it and I love that feeling!

This blog is designed for the purpose of providing links of interest to genealogists, tips for those interested in membership in lineage societies, and information about my own ancestors in the belief that in helping others to grow their family tree I and my own tree will grow as well.

Preston’s Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses
Blog type: UK genealogy

A complete list of old and ancient inns, taverns, and beer-houses that have existed in the old borough of Preston, Lancashire, England, over the last two to three hundred years. It contains chronological lists of the “mine hosts” and Census records from 1841, plus lots of anecdotal material and photographs.

The site is searchable, and encouragement is given for viewers to contribute their own information. WHO HAD A BEER-HOUSE IN YOUR FAMILY?

Tall Tales of a Family
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog focuses primarily on my own ancestors. They are the Griffiths, Davies, Wright and Hilton families. Since researching my family is also a journey of discovery about genealogy, this blog will sometimes cover the wider topics of this field. Thanks for joining me and I hope you find these posts both enjoyable and helpful.

The Farmer and The Painter
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Farmer & the Painter.  I am Beth Noble and this site is set up for my husband’s side of the family.  You can see my side of the family at Interwoven Family.  This will include both of my husband’s Dad’s side (Noble) and his Mom’s side (Hogue).  I look forward to getting to know each of you.  Let me run over some rules first.  Please do NOT copy ANY photos without my permission.  Do NOT upload them to, deadfred or any other sites without my permission, period.  Also do NOT post my info to other sites, etc without credit being given!  Let’s have a little etiquette please!

Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, Writing Your Family History

Treelines are storylines for your family tree.

We are something new: a tool focused entirely on the stories that your hard-won genealogical discoveries reveal. For example, an orphanage file urges you to reconsider what you thought you knew about your grandmother’s childhood. A letter connects the dots between your grandfather and the mysterious siblings he left behind when he moved west. A photograph brings you closer to the moment when your great-great-great-grandfather made history. The thrill of the chase of the elusive record may be what keeps us going, but the recovered stories these records outline are the bigger reward. We want to help you tell these amazing stories.

Treelines aims to become the default tool you will use to curate and share the family stories you uncover. We are genealogists like you, so we will pick up exactly where your family tree leaves off without requiring duplicate work. It will be easy and low-effort. Here you’ll find a new outlet for expression that you can’t find elsewhere.

We hope that for you, as for us, Treelines will get to the heart of why we research our family trees:

  • To enrich our family and ourselves emotionally and spiritually.
  • To personalize history and make it present in our lives.
  • To recognize that the world is bigger than us.
  • To understand how we came to be and where we are going.
  • To give our own struggles meaning and context.

Taking the time to appreciate the lives of our forebears keeps us honest about who we are and reminds us of our own potential. The more that we genealogists can share the best stories of our ancestors’ struggles and triumphs, the more all of our family members can learn from their lives. We at Treelines would be honored to be your partner in this leg of your genealogy journey.

Will The Real Isaac Jones Please Step Forward?
Blog type: Individual family history

A blog dedicated to the life and times of Isaac Jones (1770-1851) and his immediate descendants.

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