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New Genealogy Blogs March 10, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 12 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:

adventures young genealogist

Adventures of a Young Genealogist
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

My name is Katelyn and I’ve just started researching my family tree. I recently visited the local county records office (I’m from the UK) and was the youngest person researching by about 40 years!

This led me to search for any other young genealogists (I’m 20) and there was nothing online (in the UK – there’s plenty in the US). So I’ve set up this blog so other young people will hopefully read this and perhaps comment, letting me know I’m not alone!

I also plan to use the blog to document my discoveries and possibly ask questions of other genealogists to see if you can help! Very excited to begin the journey!


Begat Begat
Blog type: Individual family history

Lisa McKinney has done genealogy research for 20 years and now lives in rural East Texas. She earned a Liberal Arts master’s from SMU. She currently does freelance writing and editing, as well as genealogy research for clients. She has attended many genealogical workshops, FGS, and the former Dallas Institute. She won a 1st place writing award from the Dallas Genealogical Society for “Coming to Understand Sources.” She also won a short-story award from the Greater Dallas Writers’ Association for the light-hearted Southern story, “The Inheritance.” She has Cherokee, Yankee and Confederate roots, which all keep her busy! Lisa volunteers with the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society. Her passion is learning and she is currently a member of a ProGen Study Group, whose members are preparing for certification. She is writing a book, “A Boy’s Life in Gramercy Park,” based on genealogical research of an 1867 diary. She is transcribing a Texas real estate office’s records from the World War I era, which she hopes will make a significant contribution toward genealogy research. In 2012, she began a regular newspaper column, “Ask the Ancestors.”

cape breton genealogy

Cape Breton Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

The following set of research notes on the Grant family of Point Edward, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a labour of love, undertaken by the undersigned on 1 November 1999. It is likely to be a lifelong preoccupation.

The notes are more or less chronological in order of discovery, rather than a true family tree or GEDCOM file. The author hopes that will come later, but not much later. It is being posted in this form to ensure the material is published in some form, so as to be accessible to other researchers and not completely lost in the event of some unfortunate circumstance. A paper copy has been deposited with the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University (formerly University College of Cape Breton or UCCB), Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A few notes of caution are in order. There are a few errors in the earlier parts of the notes which are corrected later, and early questions which are later answered. While questions, comments and corrections are always welcome, readers are invited to make sure that the information is not already included later in the set.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the late Elva Jackson, whose card file found in the Beaton Institute provided the platform from which much of this research was launched, and of Blair Grant of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, whose efforts at a family tree were also of great assistance in the early going. I will not attempt to list the many other contributors, for fear of omitting some of them.

Finally, the author does retain copyright over all this material. While researchers should feel free to make full use of the contents for private study or research, these documents cannot be reproduced for sale in any form, nor included in whole or significant part in collective works. When these works are quoted, attribution of source would be deeply appreciated.

a family chronicle

Family Chronicle
Blog type: Individual family history

The written and photographic record of the Jones, Moran, Myers, and Whittington families.

finding mielke

Finding Mielke
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my blog! Finding Mielke is about the journey that I am on to find my ancestors.  I began this journey about 20 years ago, when I had an elementary school project about my family tree.  As my mother and grandmother began to help me with this project, we realized that we knew very little about our family tree.

While I still haven’t unraveled all of the tangles in my family, every day I get a little closer.

journey to his past

Journey To His Past
Blog type: Individual family history

Exploring the origins of the Leyndyke family including Luijendijk and Luyendyk spellings and their related families.

Welcome to Journey to His Past, a family history blog I created to share the stories and research finds of my husband’s family including the following surnames: Leyndyke/Luyendyk, vandenBos, VanOeveren, Kosten, Corcoran, Schmitt, Dollaway, and Denny.

I am an empty nester who decided to take up genealogy to keep me from interfering in my young adult children’s lives. (You’re Welcome, Kirsten and Travis) I have been a Home Economics teacher and Nutrition Educator, but my greatest job is being a mother. My husband, Kirk, and I live in Battle Creek, Michigan with a few dust bunnies and lots of genealogy files and cookbooks!

kindred spirits

Kindred Spirits
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

About me… I’m passionate about my family history. I’ve been researching my forebears for several years now and have discovered ancestors all over England, a contingent in Ireland, a handful in America and Canada and one very special convict in Australia. My interest in my ancestors led to a desire to know more about the Great War and the Second World War. Discovering family members who fought and died in both conflicts meant I just needed to know why… However, my current fascination is with the Victorian Gold-rush in Australia. I want to know more about the characters, events and the life the miners led. Slightly ironic that, as gold doesn’t actually suit me. I look much better in silver! I harbour a small chocolate and biscuit addiction. I won’t touch fruit with a ten foot barge pole. And, lastly, I’m hopelessly devoted to my Kindle.

lincoln lancaster gen soc

Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, Nebraska genealogy

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society is open to anyone from anywhere in the world who is interested in genealogy and history or who has ancestors from this area of Nebraska.

The purpose of this society is to provide education and guidance in genealogical research, to stimulate and encourage an interest in genealogy and family history, and to promote the collection and preservation of records of historical and/or genealogical value.

Our monthly membership meetings are open to the public and include an educational program. The Society also publishes a monthly newsletter for its members, and maintains a genealogical library that is open to the public for research. The collection is housed in the Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library at Union College. The collection provides genealogical resources for those researching ancestry in Nebraska and many other states.


Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I first started researching my Family Tree in the early seventies.

After a long gap I took it up again in 1996 when I joined the Rugby Family History Group, for which I am now Webmaster and Projects Co-ordinator.

Although I am still interested in my other ancestral families, BURRELL, KNIGHTS, EVERARD as well as HANCOCK and FLETCHER, I became more involved with my paternal MADDER ancestors.

In 2009 I joined the Guild of One-Name Studies and registered the official Madder One-Name Study.  I am also a member of Rugby Local History Research Group. Apart from family and local history, my main interests are gardens – my own and visiting others and painting.  When I can find the time I enjoy reading – mostly historical fiction. I am married with two sons and one grandson.

pardon me

Pardon Me
Blog type: Individual family history

So, just who is this Tamara Tillinghast Haskett? (And why is she speaking in the third person?)

Well, Tamara is I am a “thirtysomething” native of the Pacific Northwest… specifically, Washington state. (Which happens to be clear across the country from where most of my ancestors lived, but more on that in a minute.) I myself live in a charming old house (built around 1940) that’s as filled with character as it is tiny; however, it’s just the right size for me, my husband (Merwyn) and our two children (9-year-old Richard, who has black-and cream-colored hair and crossed blue eyes that glow red in photographs, and 3-year-old Daisy, who has blue-and-gold hair, big brown eyes, and a “hangdog” expression).

My husband and I host a radio show called The Think Tank, which airs Sunday mornings from 10-noon on KAOS 89.3 FM in Olympia, WA. You can listen online here. When I’m NOT on the radio, I enjoy traveling, writing, browsing antique and secondhand stores, reading, learning new things, and collecting stuff, mainly postcards and old photographs.

Hmmm… traveling, writing, reading, antiques, old photos… yeah, my blood seemed prime for the “genealogy bug”, and sure enough, it bit HARD last year! This was mostly due to a book I’m currently working on, which is part travelogue, part “cancer memoir”, and part love letter to the people who (unlike cancer) have helped shaped me into the person I am today.

Needless to say, that last category includes my ancestors. I knew when I started researching them that it would be interesting… but I had no idea just HOW hooked I’d become on fitting together the pieces of my genealogical puzzle! Now I can (and do) easily spend 6-7 hours at a time perusing Ancestry dot com, Find A Grave, and whatever sources I can find online, collecting names and stories. I’m still a “newbie”, so I haven’t joined any genealogy societies (I plan to join my local one when it’s new calendar year starts) or attended any conferences (I beyond want to!). However, while traveling for my book last year, I got to visit Providence, RI, which was founded by seemingly half of my ancestors.

It wasn’t my first trip to Providence (Merwyn and I have some friends there) but it was the first time I went there with a “genealogical” mindset. And I had a blast! Among the many “Tillinghast” themed activities I managed to fit into my brief stay in Providence (which was part of a much larger trip): a visit to the grave of my very own 10th great grandfather, Pardon Tillinghast.

This blog will not only explore my “Tillinghast” roots, but my other Rhode Island ancestors (including Roger Williams himself, very likely another 10th great grandfather, plus Stukely Westcott, my Sisson line, my Capwell line, and my MANY ancestors with the last name “Greene”). I also want to find out more about my 2nd great grandmother, Edith Brundage, and her family and life with my 2nd great grandfather, Isaac Fred Tillinghast, in Lackawanna, PA.

Then there are the various “celebrity cousins” I can (possibly — and in some cases, definitely) claim on my family tree, thanks to those colonial New England roots (which MANY of them seem to share). And that’s just my dad’s side of the family! On my mother’s side, I’d love to find out more about the Millers, the Burnetts, the Pratts, the Hacketts, and her other ancestors that settled in Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, and eventually, Kansas and Missouri.

Finally, I plan to keep exploring my husband’s ancestry. His is a lot more challenging; but I’m definitely interested in the Hasketts from Ireland that emigrated to Ontario, the Texas Barnetts, and all of the others in his family tree.

And whatever I find, I plan to share with YOU!

So stay tuned… it should be a fun and fulfilling ride!

where the story takes me

Where The Story Takes Me
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

My name is Jane MacNamara and I’m intrigued by history, particularly family and local history.

I enjoy the hunt. No detail is too insignificant to consume hours of search time. The more obscure the record the better. Indexes, pshaw! (Actually, I really like a good index.)

And if I can find a story that no one else has put together, well, there’s not much better.

A close second, though, is the look on someone’s face when they begin to understand the records and research process—and truly enjoy the search. I love to teach.

This blog is about my search, how what I learn along the way can help with your research, and who knows where the story takes me…

Where 2 Look 4 Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m a happily married Midwesterner and the proud grandmother of five prospective genealogists. My husband and I are devoted to each other, to our deeply loved four-legged furry child, and to our respective family histories.

Why I started doing genealogy:

On an otherwise ordinary Sunday in the 1980s, the Chicago Tribune published a long list of names; owners of safe deposit boxes that had been sealed during the Great Depression. The Illinois Department of Financial Institutions was preparing to return the personal possessions they’d held for nearly 50 years. My great-granduncle’s name appeared on the list.

But “Unkie” (Karl Johan Raymond Tolf) had died nearly a decade earlier at the age of 82. To establish our claim to his belongings, my family had to document each link in the chain using birth, marriage, and death records. I learned alot about my family and our ancestors by reading those documents.

Although Unkie’s safe deposit box didn’t contain any photos, letters, or anything of monetary value, I was hooked. Genealogy is an addicting puzzle. Thirty years later I am still finding more pieces.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

One thought on “New Genealogy Blogs March 10, 2012

  1. I am an avid reader of your blogs because it gives me a good insight in American genealogy and its practitioners. I am particularly interested in bloggers having a Dutch background. And every now and again I see one in your summaries of new genealogy blogs. Also in this blog Dutch descendants are appearing. If these bloggers are on twitter, I follow them. I try to remember their names and if I run into something noteworthy, I mention that on my twitter account (@patmcast) or directly in their blogs. Also, if there is anything interesting to report about developments in Dutch archives, I mention that as well. My own blog shows an increasing number of posts in English. Often, genealogy posts are in Dutch but (family) history, that may be interesting to non-family as well, I write in English. And if I am lucky I receive very nice reactions such as the ones from descendants of Dutch people who emigrated to California 65 years ago. In any case, thank you for sharing this valuable information!

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