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New Genealogy Blogs June 16, 2012

new genealogy blogs

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:

1 foot planted firmly on the ground

1 Foot Planted Firmly On The Ground
Blog type: Individual family history

I feel very fortunate to be following in my mother’s footsteps in this great addiction of genealogy.  She has been interested in her family’s history since she was a child, and luckily had many discussions with her maternal grandfather.  She has always been the keeper of all-things-family, and has accepted the duty of helping many childless aunts, uncles and cousins when it was time for them to move and after their deaths.  She began the hunt with many trips to courthouses and libraries, letters to the editor in far-off newspapers, and correspondence with librarians, clerks and cousins.  She has taught me a lot and she continues with her research.

I have been adding to this work now for many years myself, and I have been able to use the amazing resources of the computer and the internet.  We live far apart but this has kept us very connected.  And isn’t that what genealogy is all about?  The connections.  I haven’t been called on to help aunts, uncles and cousins as my mother was.  But I try to honor them by creating memories of their lives.  They are all special to me, and I am loving this journey.

ancestry sisters

Ancestry Sisters
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

Ancestry Sisters are your Go-To source for Genealogy and researching your family history. We love the hunt, & are ready to help you uncover your roots! Read out blogs, follow us on Twitter, and let us know how we can help you at

branch and leaf

Branch and Leaf . . . a  family history blog
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a blog about the family history of the author, who was born and raised and still lives in the United States. The blog contains information about American ancestors, as well as those who migrated here from several nations bordering the North Sea — the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

The blog’s title is partly a compromise. You see … all the good family history and genealogy blog names were already claimed, especially those related to roots, trees, and branches. So I went a little farther out and added the leaf. The title is growing on me, though. The leaves are a nice added touch. They help give the branches their uniqueness … their life …  And they’re relatively fleeting … just like us …


Blog type: Individual family history

I’m a hobbyist who enjoys researching family history, reading about their life and time, and taking photographs of whatever catches my eye. Most of my post will be on family research. Please follow me in my ancestral journey. I hope my efforts provide helpful insight and leads to your family search.

The Stearns/Fletcher surnames are my father’s paternal side. The Nelson/Chase names are my father’s maternal side.  I listed my generations based on my ancestor’s arrival in America.

I’m 12th generation Stearns

10th generation Fletcher

12th generation Chase

10th generation Nelson

The Pease/Drown is my mother’s paternal side. The Place/Hutchins is my mother’s maternal side. I have been only able to trace the Pease, Place and Hutchins side back 4 generations. I was only able to find 1 generation of Drown(s).

My mother’s family is from Maine. There is a fifteen year span of records that I haven’t found.

genealogy bank online

Genealogy Bank Online
Blog type: Genealogy vendor

We offer as a concise and trustworthy site for family researchers who are serious about their quest. The companies listed here have much to offer, and are diverse to fit the needs of various individuals. For instance some researchers are concerned about simplicity and affordability. Still others may only have one issue to address, while others may require a comprehensive family history on all sides of their family tree. Sometimes documentation and photographs are necessary, and detailed information regarding the part of the world ancestors have  lived is required. Whatever the situation, Genealogy Bank Online can help.

Genealogy is a growing and ever changing science, and many different companies are proficient in specific areas of research. New and innovative tools and methods are used to provide clients with the information they need. As specialization in this field continues, no one company will be able to satisfy the precise needs of specific and unique clientele. That is why Genealogy Bank Online is working hard to link consumers with proven companies that fill these specific needs. Going to our website allows researchers to choose from a concise group of reputable, proven companies that provide services of all type and description. Genealogy Bank Online greatly narrows your search while providing you with proven, trustworthy professionals to help you with your project.

At GenealogyBankOnline, we also want to be a source of information for those who visit our site. There are many new types of services available that were once cost prohibitive. One of these is DNA testing. In recent years the price for this service has become much more affordable, and certain groups actually absorb some or all of the cost if it fits their research needs. There are also free genealogy sites and often you can derive valuable information from these. Actually many pay-for service companies offer a portion of their services free as well. Another great source of genealogical information is the local library, which often has a genealogy division and may even have local cubs or chapters who assist one another in gathering information.

So there are many options, but for the      serious researcher who needs results in a timely  manner, paying a professional genealogist is usually the best choice. That is why GenealogyBankOnline can really help. We know the tremendous joy that comes from unlocking and discovering the history of our families. We are also aware of the frustration and pitfalls along the way. We are certain that we can make your journey more fruitful and enjoyable.  Happy Hunting!

genie mom's musings

GenieMom’s Musings
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog

I have been conducting genealogical research for the past 23 years. It is amazing how much genealogy has changed over the years!  I am definitely enjoying the benefits of so many of these changes. I am starting this blog to share my genealogy with family  members and fellow genealogists, and in the process putting more of my findings into writing.  I look forward to the adventure!

I am a member of the National Genealogy Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

historic wanderings

Historic Wanderings
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Virginia genealogy

The main goal of the Fairfax County, Virginia Slavery Inventory Database is to find the surname of each enslaved individual who lived in this county. This lack of a documented surname is the main barrier to the researcher. (Also, what we have “assumed” about the identities of slaves may need to be re-examined. What I am finding in Fairfax County, Virginia is that so far, the percentage of enslaved individuals listed on the Fairfax County, Virginia Slavery Inventory Database that share the same last name as their owner’s is about 1%. Hence, if your last name is Williams and you trace you family tree back to Fairfax County, Virginia, the chances of finding your enslaved ancestor owned by a “white Williams” are about 1 %.)

jewish jens genealogy

Jewish Jen’s Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

Over the past five years I have learned more about my Jewish roots than I had in the thirty-some before that.  I have always been fascinated with the history of the Jewish people, but until my maternal grandmother, Shirley Krueger Morse passed away, I didn’t realize how little I really knew.  After experiencing the loss of such an influence in my life, it took a while before I could even delve into the things she left behind.  One of the greatest things she did in her life was writing her biography which included a lot of personal stories of her childhood and information she had found in her own research of her family tree.  This document has been a treasure in my research.  Some of it may not be 100% accurate, but most of it has hints of new avenues to pursue in my hunt.

I have been fortunate enough to have photographs of these great grandparents and stories that were handed down by my maternal grandmother, Shirley Krueger.  Many people are not that fortunate- whether they are Jewish or not.  My Jewish roots extend back to Belarus and Slovakia in the late 1800’s. Within this journal I will write about how I have gradually uncovered information on my Jewish family both here in the United States and in Europe.   For now, I will share some photographs of my ancestors for your enjoyment.

kathys search

Kathy’s Search
Blog type: Individual family history

Using portraiture and an autoethnographic lens, I delve into the women of my past as a means of understanding my present. I view genealogy as more than names and dates as I treasure the richness of a life. I seek to uncover that wealth in my ancestors.

my blog my life my ancestry

My Blog . . . My Life . . . My Ancestry
Blog type: Individual family history

Thank you for visiting! Here you will find many articles on my own personal research, some articles related to genealogy, some common surnames that I am researching, my personal escapades and thoughts, my hobbies which include photography and cooking…among other random escapades.

I am a mother of two boys, aged 21 and 15. I am married to a wonderful man who is my best friend above all. I have a lot of hobbies some which include photography, painting and drawing (when I have time), writing, reading books of all genres. I also adore animals, and I love my Yorkshire Terrier, Kekoa, who is my buddy. I love music and seem to be stuck on 80’s pop music, the music I grew up listening to. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until I was probably 6 or 7 when my parents divorced; after that I moved to Florida with my mother and only sister. I lived the majority of my childhood there until about ten years ago when I met my current husband and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

I am now living in Hawaii and enjoying every minute of it! When I need some “me” time, I just walk to the beach and stare out across the ocean, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, enjoying the smell of the salty air and the sand between my toes.

notable characters

Notable Characters
Blog type: Individual family history

I grew up with my mother’s stories about our heritage…told in a caddywampus fashion usually while we were surrounded by boxes of photos and memorabilia…and always ending with the affirming statement that we came from “good pioneer stock”.    A few years ago I hauled out the old family bible that belonged to my great grandparents along with the old clippings and photos that had been tucked away in odd boxes and began the business of building the family history.   Little did I know with that simple gesture that I would begin a journey that would reveal centuries of unforgettable characters and their times.

Over the course of research…trudging through old pioneer cemeteries and pouring over archival records and networking with other genealogists and historians…I have not only built the family tree, but found a group of kindred spirits whom I call STCDNALFR (BFF is for Paris Hilton)…my text shorthand for shirt tail cousin- DNA lovin’- family researcher.  We have had some interesting exchanges and while we spend our time  in the dust of yesteryear, it’s good to hang out with living persons.

I have spent the last few years in email mode…sending research and stories to my family and fellow researchers…and receiving wonderful research and a story or two in return…and promising to establish this blog.  And so it is time.  Time to share the stories that come about from endless hours of reading old newspapers, reading archival documents,  delving in family lore and local history and  Sunday afternoons with my mother and her treasures.  Time to share the notable characters that are not profiled in text books or whose statue stands in a city park.  Time to share the characters who shaped their times and our future.  These are their stories.

record click

Record Click
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog

Record Click is a leader in genealogical records retrieval and expert family history research. Record Click specializes in affordable genealogical research, to help you complete your family tree. Whether you want to solve that family mystery, or break through your brick wall, our expert genealogists will get you where you want to be. Contact us now for a free genealogical consultation.

smedley journey

Smedley Journey
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a blog to go along with my website that I created for my, and all Smedley families. Not only will I be touching on people in the Smedley family, but tips, tricks and guest bloggers for continued Genealogy information and help for those on their family journeys. Our website is

south african genealogy

South African Family History and Genealogy
Blog type: South African genealogy

Bygones and Byways is an independent, private publication focusing on South African family history, genealogy, heritage and history. In publication since April 1997. The history of little-known places and people, what is available in old records, and more. All articles researched and written by Anne Lehmkuhl.

st louis genealogical society

St. Louis Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Missouri genealogy

Welcome to the St. Louis Genealogical Society’s brand new blog! We hope you will continue to follow us as we bring you all the latest society news and keep you up to date with what’s happening in the broader genealogical world. We will be posting regularly and encourage you to read our blog for the society’s most up-to-date announcements.

To that end, our first announcement is that this Saturday, 9 June, our office will be closed to visitors, as the St. Louis Susan G. Komen workers will be on site for the Race for the Cure pre-registration. We hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.

the genealogical times

The Genealogical Times
Blog type: Individual family history

My Tumblr blog is a sporadically updated account of my own genealogical adventures, somewhat like a genealogy journal, but online. It features non-endorsed product reviews and opinions, links to resources that I find valuable, and insight into the mind of a beginning genealogist.

the offering

The Offering
Blog type: Individual family history

I have done genealogy for about 12 years, am a member of RAOGK volunteers, Family History Consultant and admitted Family History addict. I am not a professional genealogist … I am the Mother of 4 boys, 3 of whom are Eagle Scouts … the 17 year old has all his merit badges currently and needs to complete his Eagle Project. “The Offering” has several meanings. It comes from the Scripture in Malachi 3:3 in the Old Testament: He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an “offering in righteousness”. One concept of this “offering” is our books of genealogy and family history. In Latter-day Scripture Section 13 of the Doctrine and Covenants states that the Priesthood would never again be taken from the earth: “until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in Righteousness”. This is MY OFFERING, my book, and my family’s history.

the webtrees genealogists

The Webtrees Genealogist
Blog type: Individual family history, Technology blog

Using open source web software to publish, research and maintain family history.

travels through my past

Travels Through My Past
Blog type: Individual family history

For many years now I’ve been searching my past in an endeavor to unfold the tales of my family. I’ve traveled (via the internet) to England, Denmark, Norway, Ohio, Nebraska, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I’ve spent time personally visiting historic Boston and their wonderful cemeteries and, of course, visited my ancestors right here in California. My ancestors have touched the world in many places… and I hope to enjoy some of their experiences. I want you to join me as I travel through my past… and uncover their stories.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

2 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs June 16, 2012

  1. An especially rewarding crop of new blogs. Thanks for compiling and publishing the info!

  2. 1 Foot Planted Firmly On The Ground —
    My journey of “Genealogy in the Recession”: how I continue my research and family history activities when the genealogy budget has disappeared

    I wanted to add this description to my blog, in case you didn’t click to find out. The About Me really doesn’t give a very good idea of what I’ll be discussing.

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