There are 3 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:
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Here are this week’s new listings:
Blog type: Dutch genealogy, Individual family history
In 1969 my husband and I came to the US for three years. We are still here, that’s the way it goes.
I have been doing genealogy for about 30 years. It all started when my daughter had to do a genealogy project for 4H. That got me started, and I haven’t stopped since. And after I retired, it became an almost full-time hobby.
Over the years my interests broadened. I started with the genealogy of my husband and myself (surnames: Broekman, Koch, Gast, De Haan, and ten Bruggencate), all in the Netherlands. Then the kids got married and there were grandchildren, and I added the in-laws to the mix (surnames: Seidler, Tiffany, Richstein, Edelman, Vo, Nguyen), mostly in the US, although they came to the US at vastly different times, and from very diverse places. You can find these in the Ancestors of my grandchildren.
The descendants of Harmen ten Bruggencate (c. 1560) were added as a different project, because it seemed like fun to collect them all (of course, they are also all related to me). Who would have guessed there were that many.
From there it was only a short step to the family reconstructions in Almelo. As both the Gasts and the ten Bruggencates lived in Almelo for over 300 years (and some of them still live around there), it seems like most of Almelo was also related.
I live in Radburn, which is a National Historic Landmark. The 1930 census inspired me to setup a database to document the early inhabitants. Not ancient history, but very interesting.
My volunteer work for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County had me looking for obituaries to fulfill patron requests. I started collecting those of the “Hollanders,” people born in the Netherlands, who had emigrated to Bergen and Passaic County in New Jersey, and figuring out their ancestry.
So there you have it. Hope this site will be of use to you. Leave me a note if you have questions or remarks.
Blog type: Individual family history, Kentucky genealogy
I realize that is quite a list of interests running across the top of my blog – at first glance it probably looks like a lot of barely related randomness, actually. But, there is a method to my madness – I swear! Let me start at the beginning, and maybe I can help make sense of it all…
In the spring of 2012, out of sheer curiosity (and after watching one too many episodes of Who Do You Think You Are), I joined Ancestry.com to see what I could find out about my family tree. Little did I know that it was the first step of what now looks to be a very long journey, that will culminate not only in a (hopefully) correct accounting of my genealogy, but also in a historical novel based on the lives of my 5x great grandparents, Ambrose and Ailsey Coffee.
I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a kid, but I never had an idea, never found a story that I felt was mine – and mine alone – to tell. The more I learned about the life that Ambrose Coffee led in the early days of Kentucky, the more interested I got. He came from Ireland as an indentured servant at the age of 12, joined the Virginia Militia, and ended up at Boonesborough, where he fought with the one and only Daniel Boone. There is even an amazing story about how he was shot at during the siege at the fort in 1778 – he walked away with 14 bullet holes in his clothes, but not a scratch on his body!
All that is fascinating enough, but even more interesting, at least to me, is that while I have a first name for his wife, I have no history for her. There are a few theories floating around, but nothing concrete – nothing that can be verified with absolute certainty. While she isn’t the only “brick wall” on my family tree, for some reason she has really captured my imagination – her husband’s life is somewhat well documented, which is a blessing, but her life must have been equally as interesting, yet we have no documentation of it at all (at least not that I have found, as of yet). Other than the fact that she was Ambrose’s wife, and they had 9 children together, she is a mystery.
The little part of me that has always wanted to write a book began to poke me repeatedly.
“There’s a story to tell here, lady! You’ve always loved historical fiction, so here you go, there’s no reason in the world not to do it. I don’t want to hear about how you don’t have time – make time. Oh and by the way, you better start a blog about it all too – the research for it is going to be intensive, so you might as well share it as you go along. And don’t forget, you’ve never written a book before, so you have a TON to learn about writing – you might as well share that stuff as you go along too. Now get to work!”
Boy that writer part of me sure has an attitude… so here I am!
Here’s a little breakdown of what I plan to talk about here on the blog, just to give you a general idea. All is subject to change, and my own whims, of course.
Historical Fiction – I’ve always loved reading it, but now that I want to write it, I am reading it even more. I figure there is no better way to learn than to read what other people have done and take what I can from it. I’ll be doing book reviews, and sharing whatever sites and resources I come across that might appeal to other historical fiction fans.
Writing Fiction – I’m a novel writing newbie, so as I go along I’ll be talking about the ups and downs of writing my first book, and sharing what I learn along the way. This will likely include lots of reviews of, and discussion about, books on writing – my library of them is already off to a great start and I expect it will only grow!
Indie Publishing – My inclination as of now is that I will be publishing the book myself when it is finished. So, I will be dipping my toes in the water of independent publishing – I want to learn how it works, read what is out there that is being published by independent authors, etc. etc.
Coffee Family Ancestry & Genealogy – I want to make sure all the research I do on my Coffee family ancestry gets put out there for other Coffee researchers to find. I am so grateful for everyone who has already done work on it, and have shared what they know! I have to do the same. I’ll likely be talking about genealogy in general too, for those of you out there who have gotten bit by the bug like I have, or think you might want to.
Kentucky History – My book will be set in 18th century Kentucky, and there is a LOT to learn about this fascinating time and place in American History. Believe me, I had very little knowledge of it before I figured out my ancestors played a role in it, but once I started to discover all that was going on back then, I was hooked!
Etc. Etc. Etc. – Because, you know – it’s my blog, I’ll do what I want…
Slavery and The Bryan Family
Blog type: African-American family history, Individual family history
Throughout my Bryan family research, I have heard of or seen references to slaves owned by the Bryan family. From family letters, it appeared that the Bryans were a kind, loving, and close-knit family. They were hard workers, active in the Methodist church, and proponents of education. The Bryan family plantation was void of columns and southern charm. Found in the book Louisiana Plantation Homes, Colonial and Antebellum by W. Darrell Overdyke, the Bryan plantation home was a two room dogtrot log cabin. I had hoped that the Bryans were benevolent slave owners, but have learned that not all were caring and compassionate. To the descendants of persons enslaved by the Bryan family, I hope that you will share your research and stories.
I have created this blog as I cannot imagine researching families without the possibility of birth dates and last names. The first names and birth dates were found in a transcription of a bible once owned by the Reddick Bryan family. Additional names were found in Reddick Bryan’s probate record and in deed records. I have added anecdotal information based on census records.
I begin this blog with records of 43 enslaved persons. These persons will be listed in possible family groups. Most records cited were found in Northwest Louisiana where my Bryan family settled in 1838. I will add to this blog as more information becomes available. On the 1840 census, Reddick Bryan reported owning eight slaves indicating that the majority of the slaves that he owned at his death in 1864 were acquired or born in Louisiana.
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