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New Genealogy Blogs July 6, 2013

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 19 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:

adoption and dna

Adoption and DNA
Blog type: Adoption, DNA, technology
Helping adoptees and others affected by adoption rediscover their heritage through DNA testing.

beacon cemetery trail

Beacon Cemetery Trail
Blog type: Cemeteries, New York

A blog about the cemeteries of the city of Beacon, New York
What is being done to preserve them.
Information about each cemetery and directions on how to get to them.
Posts about individuals buried in them.
Link to Find a Grave for each cemetery
Link to cemetery website if there is one.

debrett ancestry research

Debrett Ancestry Research
Blog type: Professional, United Kingdom

The history of Debrett can be traced back to 1766, when John Field Debrett, the 13-year-old son of a French cook, was apprenticed to a Piccadilly bookseller and publisher, Robert Davis. By 1781, John Debrett was running his own business, and in due course he took over the publication originally known as Collin’s Peerage which, by 1802, was published as Debrett’s Correct Peerage. Over two centuries later, Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage is still the definitive genealogical guide to Britain’s titled families.

By the 1960s and 1970s, however, it was clear that it was not only peers and baronets who took pride in their family history. In response to a growing interest which spanned right across society, Debrett’s set up a new division, Debrett Ancestry Research, with the aim of providing a high-quality, professional research service for anyone with British ancestry. Now a separate company, Debrett Ancestry Research has researched more than 7000 families from all walks of life and from all over the world.

digging up your family

Digging Up Your Family
Blog type: Individual family history

When I was little I often heard stories of my mother’s ancestors. I knew that some of my granddaddy’s family, my mother’s paternal line, had been prominent members of the City of Memphis, having been involved with the Memphis Police Department and the Memphis Court System (the Richards family). I also knew that in her paternal line was at least one famous person (Jacques-Timothée Boucher, Sieur de Montbrun, aka Timothy Demonbreun). I didn’t know much about my grandmother’s family, my mom’s maternal line.

I also knew nothing about my father’s family. Not one thing.

double first cousins

Double First Cousins
Blog type: Individual family history, North Carolina

I created this blog to share stories and information about my maternal ancestors from Wilkes County, North Carolina. My mother, grandmother, and other relatives shared many family stories with me. As I recall these stories, I will share my journey to find the truth, as well as genealogy tips I learn.

exploring backwards

Exploring Backwards
Blog type: Family

I got started in genealogy about 5 years ago, and as most genealogists realize there is only one greater joy than the initial discovery; it is the ability to share the new information, stories and facts with others who might appreciate it.

I am sitting here on a southbound flight afternoon an amazing weekend with the family. Amazing in the sense that I realize just how much information I have gathered in those 5 years and how much more information I want to gather.

It has been about a year since I took a genealogy trip to Virginia with my mom, sister and aunt.. Since that time I have been pondering how to put a book together. The project seems so immense, daunting and insurmountable. I was reading a genealogy article about blogging. I thought to myself, self, if I can post some of these stories bit by bit, eventually I would have a piece of work that others can enjoy.

My commitment is this. I will strive to post one time per week at a minimum. I want to encourage my family to add supplemental stories or questions. This will be our family’s blog. At this point, I do not have a plan as to what side of my family will be posted when. You will have to keep coming back to see.

By the way, I was not an English major, so you will notice that right away. I will strive for variety, exciting and mundane, as it will be through this whole body of work that hopefully something complete will be formed.

Let’s explore backwards!

garnering ancestors

Garnering Ancestors
Blog type: Georgia, Individual family history

This blog isn’t really new but I’ve only been regularly posting fairly recently. I’m summarizing family info and transcribing unfilmed documents from the Georgia archives and occasionally courthouses. The point is both to share information and to get feedback, comments or corrections from other genealogists.

hunting and gathering

Hunting and Gathering
Blog type: Georgia, Photography

Hunting & Gathering, a blog, exists so that I can share portions of my research into 19th & early 20th century Georgia photographers with anyone interested. As a former archivist-special librarian who has forsaken the 9 to 5 (actually it was 7 to 7) world, this is an attempt to calm my obsession to know about and make available the too-often-hidden information on the lives of Georgia’s earlier photographers.

These photographers’ associates – artists and colorists, publishers and others – are included. A particular interest of mine are those who were women, photographer-families, and those of various ethnicity. You will also see some related goodies here on Hunting & Gathering.

Contact me via Twitter @galpix or at

In this possibly bizarre pursuit, I have the support and understanding of an incredible husband, who is also a fantastic cook. What more could one ask?

laras family search

Lara’s Family Search
Blog type: Family

This blog is an attempt to document my search for records, including many in Eastern Europe. It documents successes, searches in progress, and brick walls. It also includes sites and tools that I find helpful. I hope others researching Jewish families will find some of these posts helpful.

lives once left behind

Lives Once Left Behind
Blog type: Individual family history

My journey in discovering my ancestors who immigrated to New Zealand, and their forebears who stayed in the UK and Ireland. I have learned some fascinating details so far.

my elusive kin

My Elusive Kin
Blog type: Individual family history

My elusive kin is a personal blog about my trials, triumphs, and discoveries, as I search for long lost, and often long forgotten family.

oshawa journal

Oshawa Journal
Blog type: Canadian, Geography, One Place Study

One day I had the brilliant idea that I would get my house, built around 1850 in Oshawa, designated as a heritage home.

All I had to do was head over to the Durham Land Registry Office in Whitby and look up the previous owners – and submit my proposal to the Heritage Oshawa website!

Of course, it is never that easy. The land was severed in 2000 when I bought it, and the computerized records only went back that far.

So began my journey…

When the one page I needed was missing in the microfiche, I started searching through the history books of Oshawa, trying to track down the original owner of my house. I still haven’t found the answer. I have tracked up from Crown Lands to 1839 and today back to 1873 – but the 34 years in-between are still a mystery…

But in the meantime, I have learned so much about the history of Oshawa, and it’s residents – that I ended up sharing information on the genealogy boards to people searching their own family history.

When I recently got my hands on the Oshawa Census of 1879 at the local library, and started comparing it to the Lovell Directory of 1871 and the Ontario Census of 1871 – and marking it out on the lots of a 1877 map of Oshawa to help my research – I realized I just might have something important to share!

So this Oshawa Journal will contain timelines, news clippings, birth/marriage/death/grave records, photos and stories of the people I am researching, as well as the history of streets and houses in the village of Oshawa. I will try to be as thorough as I can, using old directories, census, phone books and photos where available.

I will also share my journey of research to designation, and share ideas on how you can research your family history or home.

If you have any information, photos, stories, etc. to add I would be so very grateful!

pattillo thornally ancestors

Pattillo Thornally Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

I am the youngest of Ed and Lottie Pattillo’s three children. That’s me in 1955 with my siblings Kathy and Terry. I’m the family historian and a member of the California Genealogy Society. Previously I published four family history books. Now I’ve decided to write a blog. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

pidgeon post

Pidgeon Post
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

This site has been set up to promote awareness of the 20th Century Australian artist, William Edwin Pidgeon, aka “Wep”.

Bill Pidgeon’s career spanned from the late 1920s through to the 1970s. He started out in the newspaper industry and quickly forged a name in the local Sydney Press, known as “Wep”. In 1933 he helped create the dummy for The Australian Women’s Weekly with his friend and the magazine’s first editor, George Warnecke. Working for Consolidated Press he became well known throughout Australia for his political cartoons, comic strips, illustrations and his covers for The Australian Women’s Weekly, which are now collectables today. However, Bill’s true passion was his painting and in January 1949 he resigned from Consolidated Press to concentrate on painting and earn an income from commisioned portraits. He ultimately went on to win Australia’s most prestigious prize for portraiture, The Archibald Prize, on three occasions. Only 5 other artists have exceeded this record, which he shares with Clifton Pugh. However his earlier career always overshadowed the success of his painting with headlines such as “Cartoonist wins Archibald.”

In 1956 he was diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes and underwent a total of 6 operations on his eyes to remove cataracts and ultimately the eye lenses. By the 1970s he was deemd to be legally blind. The difficulties he faced with his eyesight were always kept very private for fear of losing valuable commissions.

Bill was never a commercial artist. He painted for the love of it and would rather give his works away than sell them. He never had a solo exhibition and only participated in a handful of group exhibitions. Consequently, not many works have changed hands and since his death; awareness of his name has slipped from the visibility of the modern art world.

Through this site and links to other sites I aim to promote a new awareness and appreciation of the works and variety of talent of one of Australia’s greatest 20th Century artists.

poland or prussia

Poland or Prussia
Blog type: Family, Poland

A family history blog about the method as well as the results. Concentrating on richer stories with more detail than “going as far back as possible.”

sproule genealogy

Sproule Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Irish genealogy

This blog seeks to tell the stories of the people Sproule family of Urney, County Tyrone.

story press favorites

Story Press Favorites
Blog type: Vendor

StoryPress is a startup company located in Austin, Texas that hopes to preserve the history of people across the world. The free app is downloadable and on the iPad and Nexus 7 with more platforms soon to come and provides users an inexpensive way to record their own histories. At StoryPress, we believe that memories matter and that spoken history is important to maintain.

StoryPress is currently in the process of creating its 2.0 version, in which users will be able to browse through stories others have uploaded to the cloud. With a simple touch, users will have access to stories similar to their own, connecting them with people across the globe through their experiences. All these stories are public and free for users to listen to.

That is why StoryPress hopes to collect stories to build a basis for this 2.0 version. We hope to use these recordings to begin this online library that people can listen to and share. We believe that by preserving the histories of the past, we will be able to understand ourselves in the future.

the georgia anna project

The Georgia Anna Project
Blog type: Photography

A photograph is not just a moment frozen in time, but a memory frozen in time. A photograph can introduce us to people we will never meet, or remind of us people we love.

The Georgia Anna Project is so named for Georgia Anna Mowerr, a young woman I will never meet, nor am I related to her, but I believe that she spoke to me, whispered in my ear and led me in the right direction.

the hicks family

The Hicks Family – An Early Illawarra Family
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Stories and photographs of the Hicks, Howe, White, McKenzie, Joy, Callcott, Small, Bradley and Adams families were collected and held by James Hicks’ great great granddaughter, Joan Lois Adams (nee Callcott), since the late 1950′s. They were passed down to Joan’s daughter, Kerrie Anne Christian (Adams), and her siblings Julie Maree Lock Lee (Adams) and Daryl James Adams.

Our family’s stories are starting to be shared on-line by Kerrie, with help from other family members, as they in turn share their own memories. It’s always going to be a big story when you have a family with literally 1000′s of members across 200 years of history. You can use the Index link to find your way around this web site – or the links down the right hand side of each page.

Nearly 200 years later and in 2013 we’ve had 9 generations live in the Illawarra. Our Hicks-McKenzie branch of the family is one of the earliest European Pioneering Families in the Northern Illawarra. We’ve had 7 generations live in the North in an unbroken chain since 1837 – from North Bulli (Austinmer) to Para Meadow (Fairy Meadow) – and we’re still north of Bulli Pass too.

Some Hicks’ & McKenzie’s left in the 19th Century, and became Pioneering European families on the NSW North Coast (Hicks) and in the Taralga-Goulburn area (McKenzie’s). Then some went further afield to Brisbane, Cairns & even Thursday Island !

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

One thought on “New Genealogy Blogs July 6, 2013

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! I really enjoyed reading all the other blogs – what a great collection!

    I made sure to follow, tweet, +1, comment, etc as many as I could – one suggestion to my fellow bloggers though…

    Make it easier for your readers to do this – some I really struggled to find the links and others – there just weren’t any…

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