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New Genealogy Blogs June 18, 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 18 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,970 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:

abbys buy sell genealogy

Abby’s Buy & Sell Genealogy type: Genealogy vendor blog

Welcome to Abby’s Buy & Sell Genealogy. We provide a classified ad marketplace venue for the Genealogy community.

We are a “Buy and Sell” Ancestry marketplace with numerous categories to choose from.

Buying is easy: Simply contact the person who has placed the ad by clicking on their name and contact form and sending them a message with your interest.

Selling is fun: Select three months or six months from the links below, and check out through Paypal. The computer will instantly give you permission to post and manage your ads.

descendants n ancestors

Descendants and Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

Descendants N Ancestors ® blog will explore my personal genealogical journeys and commentary on innovations within the genealogy realm.

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DuPage County Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, Illinois genealogy, Midwest genealogy

The DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society is an incorporated, 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1974 as the Lombard Suburban Genealogical Society.

The purpose of the Society is:

  • To encourage the study of family history and genealogy
  • To encourage the identification and preservation of records having genealogical value, especially those of DuPage County, Illinois, and to make those records available to members and to the general public.
  • To cooperate with other societies and libraries to further the field of family history and genealogy.

Founded in 1974 as the Lombard Suburban Genealogical Society. In May 1981 the Society moved its reference collection to the Wheaton Public Library helping it to become one of the premiere genealogical research locations of the Chicago suburbs. DCGS has continued to contribute to the genealogical collection over the years. The WPL has readers and printers for both microfiche and microfilm and numerous volumes of reference material that span the nation and the world. Computers are also available that allow access to the whole set of LDS Family Search CDs, Ancestry Plus, Heritage Quest Online, and other resources.

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Early St. Louis
Blog type: Geographical genealogy blog, Midwest genealogy, Missouri genealogy

The St. Louis Genealogical Society reviewed my “Early St. Louis” site as follows: “Patti Davidson-Peters has a very interesting site. One of her early ancestors was Joshua Pilcher, and while Pilcher may not be in your family tree, Davidson-Peters has much information on many individuals in very early St. Louis. In fact, her list of buttons on the left side of the page is loaded with links to an impressive array of research. … At the bottom of each page are links to other topics and a link back to the home page making it easy to navigate the site. Davidson-Peters states she has spent twenty years researching her family and the Early St. Louis site is a good indication that it was a very productive twenty years. Anyone with St. Louis connections should visit the site.” Thanks to Bob Goode for the nice review and overall explanation of the site. I am always looking for others who have connections to the early years in St. Louis, and welcome your emails.

enjoy the time left

Enjoy The Time Left
Blog type: Individual family history, New Mexico genealogy

I am not a professional Genealogist but I work at it nearly every day.

family history alive

Family History Alive! Blog
Blog type: Genealogy education

I have been researching family history for at least 15 years, with the roots of this fascination having been planted in childhood.

In December of 2010, after thinking long and hard about it, I decided to “take the plunge”, and start a website which would provide information on what resources are out there, and how to find them, in the three main areas where my research has taken me:  the US, Canada, and the UK.

My goal is to allow researchers to be able to find enough information about their ancestors that, rather than dry names and numbers on a page, they make their ancestors’ life stories “come to life.”  Hence the website name:

It’s a monumental undertaking, but it is gradually coming together.  As is always the case when preparing something like this, I am learning a great deal in the process!

Naturally, there is also a blog that goes with the website.  The blog automatically includes any new pages that I write, and any that I update and decide to include, as well as information about upcoming conferences, webinars, subscriptions specials, and any other information that I think would be of interest to my readers.

From time to time, I also include short entries about family history things I’m working on, such as my own brick walls, or my perspective on other genealogy matters. I hope you find it informative!

family pilgrimage

Family Pilgrimage
Blog type: Individual family history

By day, I am a mild mannered software company professional, but by night, I transform into an amateur genealogist.

My mother’s family is from Western Pennsylvania and my father’s family is from New England.  I grew up in Massachusetts, but I moved with my family to South Florida in 2008.  Since I am so far from where the original records exist, I rely on a lot of online resources and the kindness of strangers to conduct my family research.

My family genealogy interest was triggered by the fact that my father was adopted in the 1940’s and we didn’t know anything about his birth family.  In late 2010, my brother obtained records that revealed our father’s birth mother’s identity.

I wanted to find out as much as I could about this newly discovered family. I started with the Fuller and Armstrong families of Portland, Maine.  However, I have quickly expanded my research to learn more about my mother’s family of Pennsylvania and their European origins.

Because of my early success, my wife’s family asked me to do some research on their family origins.  My wife’s father’s family is from Long Island, NY and my wife’s mother’s family is from upstate NY.   I have already uncovered some fascinating information about my wife’s family origins, too.

I love a good mystery and I really feel that there are no unsolvable problems.  I am enjoying putting the pieces of the family history puzzle together.  Of course, I have hit some road blocks, but I am confident that if the family information I am looking for exists, that I will find it.

It has been an exciting journey so far and I have learned some very interesting things about my family and uncovered some great resources which I think are worth sharing.

I am researching the following families:

  • Armstrong (Portland, Maine)
  • Fuller (Portland, Maine and Horton, Nova Scotia and Lebanon, Connecticut)
  • Kurtz (Westonmoreland Country, PA and Germany)
  • Gula (Westonmoreland Country, PA and Poland)
  • Korba (Westonmoreland Country, PA and Poland)
  • Zembko (Nassua County, NY and Poland)
  • Purcell (Oneida County, NY)
  • Lanz (Oneida County, NY and Germany)

finding family 101

Finding Family 101
Blog type: Individual family history

My family has many stories passed down via generations, however interestingly not all those stories were accurate. Surprised? Not really. My blog will reveal some of the secrets kept by my family for generations and how I came upon the truth. Hopefully this will help others in their research.

jackson genealogy

Jackson Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

My personal accounting of genealogy research, with a focus on encountering problems and my attempts to solve them.

lessons learned

Lessons Learned in Genealogy Research
Blog type: Genealogy education

I am a Texas native and semi-retired educator. In the last 10 years, I have turned my educational expertise to genealogy instruction. I designed an instructional program for a local genealogy group in Arizona and presented at local and regional genealogy meetings. I am currently producing a series of basic and advanced genealogy lessons for online users. I have been researching my family history since 1980. See my first post for more on how I got started.

milwaukee polonia

Milwaukee Polonia Project
Blog type: Midwest genealogy, Polish genealogy, Wisconsin genealogy

For over 150 years, Milwaukee has been home to a large community of people of Polish descent. The Milwaukee Polonia Project hopes to show the interweaving, intertwining family trees that resulted in this community. It is hoped that, eventually, all the families can be connected to one another. The Milwaukee Polonia Project is also a means to explore our common history and celebrate our shared heritage.

More information about the Milwaukee Polonia Project can be found at the main page of the Milwaukee Polonia Project on Geni, a web-based genealogy-sharing site. Geni is also the portal to the actual connected family trees. The Geni software allows one to move seamlessly between connected family trees and search for connections across the trees. Although Geni membership is required to access the full public portions of these connected family trees, the basic membership is free.

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Moran Family – West Tennessee Branch
Blog type: Individual family history, Tennessee genealogy

Bringing the past to life, one piece at a time. The documentation we have been blessed with is not just about the Moran family in Dresden TN but it is about Dresden TN and her people. It’s about Tennessee and the families that settled here and then spread their genealogical roots throughout the country. It’s everything from train schedules to funeral customs of the day but mostly it’s about our desire to share this information with others who have a desire to learn more about the past.

mystery ancestors

Mystery Ancestors
Blog type: Photography blog

Mystery Ancestors came into being in an effort to identify a collection of old photos and tin types.  surfers are welcome to view the wonderfully old pictures.  To see the complete collection you are invited to register as a Free Member which will give you access to the complete collection and the ability to leave a comment concerning a picture.

Premium Members will have access to the complete collection, the ability to comment on a photo and the most fun of all… submit their own photos absolutely Free.

Even better, Premium Members will have the opportunity to have ‘custom’ watermarks advertising their own family tree websites at a very nominal monthly fee.

nuts from the family tree

Nuts from the Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

My blog is about my experience as a newbie trying to learn about genealogy and family history from my mother who has been doing this for about 25 years… and is 93, lives by herself, still drives and knows a thing or two about most everything. I’m just trying to keep my sanity and keep up:) It’s a losing battle.

past lives research

Past Lives Research
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog, UK genealogy

I am a keen and experienced hobby genealogist and historian.  I have 10 years’ experience of tracing my family history using a variety of research skills.

I use Birth, Death & Marriage details, Census returns, Trade directories and much more so that i can build a picture of your ancestors lives. I am competitively priced, efficient, friendly and above all, discreet. Give me a try, email me at and ask for a quote.

pdps roots branches

PDP’s Roots and Branches
Blog type: Individual family history

Motivated by curiosity and family letters which came into my possession on a visit to St. Louis in 1992, I began researching full time upon my return. Intrigued to find the missing pieces and authors of these letters dating as far back as 1827, I began visiting the library daily, and now conduct most of my research through the internet. Thanks to many who have contacted me through my websites since 1999, I’ve uncovered more than I ever expected and am forever grateful to all those who have shared. Note: Background is a collage of family photos & letters.


Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

The genealogical search for my family and its history.

the graveyard detective

The Graveyard Detective
Blog type: Cemetery blog

An Investigation into the World of Graveyards and the many Stories behind the Stones that Stand There. Who knows what we might find?

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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