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New Genealogy Blogs July 2, 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 six newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,990 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:

365 Days of Genealogy

365 Days of Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Starting a blog to help get people excited about genealogy. I want to get young people especially interested as they are the future. By getting individuals interested in family heritage at a young age we lock in the information for the future.

Many people do not become interested in their families history until later in life.  By then we wish would could of interviewed our great grandparents, had paid better attention to the stories told to us by aunt or uncles, or written down some of the things we had done as children.

I believe everyone should keep a diary or journal.  From when they can begin to write.  Even if what they are writing seems to be of little importance at the age of 7 or 10.  How fun is it to look back on what you did write and how horrible your hand writing is.  Too funny.  The journals or diaries then should be kept and handed down.  It is a living history as it happened.  It is your personal experience in the current times.  Then as you get older you record your dates, your friends, your jobs; bad and good.  You get married, you have children all things that one day you will look back and say “crap I wish I could remember what I did that day.”

china interlude

China Interlude
Blog type: UK genealogy

Hong Kong was ceded to Britain on 20th. January 1841 but the first British arrivals were not impressed with the barren island. Tradesmen and government officials settled themselves on the banks of the harbour which was the one redeeming feature of this otherwise inhospitable place. A thriving community was soon evident but the tropical heat and unsanitary conditions took their toll – life expectancy was short and the Colonial Cemetery started to fill.

The government officials of Hong Kong were no different from those of other British colonies and during the next 150 years produced mountains of paperwork relating to their policy decisions and administrative duties – most of which involved copious correspondence with the government back home in Britain. The Colonial Office paperwork now resides in The National Archives at Kew.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, consulates looked after the interests of the British Government in the major cities of China where factories were thriving on trade in silk and tea. Foreign Office correspondence can also be found at The National Archives and is a goldmine of information on the expatriates of the time.

It was not long before China became the focus of missionaries who sought to bring the word of the Lord to the local inhabitants. Over the years many died for their beliefs. Records of various missionary societies can be found in the archives of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

distant memory

Distant Harmony
Blog type: Individual family history

I am the proud great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of American Revolutionary War patriot, Pvt. Bladen Ashby and British Loyalist, Capt Peter Ruttan. After the recent death of my father, I listened to many old family tales in remembrance. There was an overwhelming sense of loss at the realization that the source of those tales was gone forever. But thanks to the encouragement of my husband, I started recording family relationships on And so begins my journey at finding my roots.

greenealogists corner

Greenealogist’s Corner
Blog type: Individual family history

Well, here I am. I’m a 14-year-old who is obsessed with all things genealogical, and with my surname being Green, I thought I try and be clever and call myself Greenealogist. Anyway, over the seven or so years I’ve been researching my family, I’ve discovered lots and lots of relatives, but not many stories which are out of the ordinary. There’s some stuff, though, and of course as in every family sometimes the interesting people are the normal ones. I’m also going to share some stories of how I researched and, perhaps a tad selfishly, hope for some help with some brick walls that remain stubbornly well-constructed. In my researches, I’ve discovered relatives in America, Canada, Australia and of course there are the Flemings. But more about them later. Most of the time, I concentrate my attention on my British ancestors, who seem to primarily consist of long lines of the dreaded Ag Labs. I’m also lucky to have a large collection of photographs, only some of which I actually have in a corporeal form. I’ve ended up a genealogist thanks to my aunt, who is perhaps the most dilligent person I have met, and I’ve been assisted by various distant cousins. So, a hearty thanks to all them, and here’s to the new blog.

nathanial mchorney diary

Nathaniel McHorney’s Diary
Blog type: Diary blog, Individual family history

Nathaniel Joseph McHorney was born on March 21, 1863 at 21 Mercer Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. His parents were Edward Thomas McHorney (1836-1888) and Margaretha (Karl) McHorney (1842-1878).  Edward McHorney was a captain in the Jersey City police force.

He married Sarah Waldeman Wademan and after their marriage they lived in Jersey City. They had several children (at least five), but only one, Nathaniel Joseph McHorney Jr. (b May 16, 1885) survived to adulthood. Sarah died in 1897.

In 1901, Nathaniel took a job working for a company in Ecuador; and he kept a diary of his travels.

unsolved histories

Unsolved Histories
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

Liesa Healy-Miller is a professional genealogist specializing in adoption, heir search, and forensic genealogy. Her background in both law enforcement and investigative reporting adds a unique set of skills to her genealogy practice. Liesa is a 2010 graduate of Boston University’s Genealogical Studies program, and has just completed a specialty course at IGHR/Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

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