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New Genealogy Blogs March 2, 2013

New Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 15 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:

cubbage genealogy

Cubbage Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Thoughts, stories, questions, and images from my quest to know more about my ancestors.

digging up roots

Digging Up Roots – My Journey Into The Past
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the blog!  I’ve decided to start a new blog to “journal” my genealogy journey.  Admittedly, this is not a new journey – I have been doing genealogy research for several years and have made tremendous progress in tracing several lines back even into the 1500s.  It is just recently, however, that I have gotten serious enough about my research to go back, and begin the process of fully documenting what I have collected so far.  This is the real challenge – to prove the family “legends” and suppositions that others have taken as “fact.”

The research I have been doing follows both my father’s family (the ancestors of Donald Washler and Mary Hablawetz) as well as my mother’s family (the ancestors of Earl Link and Hannah Hill).  Surnames include Washler, Hablawetz, Farver, Nicholls, Hill, Link, and Paessler.  Localities cover mostly Indiana and Ohio, but it appears I will be heading into Pennsylvania, and overseas to Germany and other countries in the near future.  My posts will range from family findings to research tactics and just posts about genealogy in general.

I hope you enjoy!  Please share your thoughts and comments at any turn.

family preserves

Family Preserves
Blog type: Individual family history

I think there is an individual or two, in each family on this planet who are genetically predisposed to record and preserve their family history. In my family, it’s me; although I didn’t realize it until I was in my early twenties and I didn’t really get started in this rewarding hobby until my mid-thirties – about, ehmm, 13 years ago.

From a very young age, while sitting at my Grandparents’ knee or when they thought I was asleep, I would hear many a family story. I didn’t know it then, but those stories were the genesis of my interest in preserving our family history. I only realized this after my oldest son was born in 1988; by that time both sets of my Grandparents were deceased and I was saddened by the fact that my children would never know them or hear their stories.

The availability of online records has opened new doors for my research, and inspired me to seek out as much information as possible about my family’s history. As a result, I have been researching online, in-person, and through extensive letter writing to overseas archives, individuals and many other sources. Preserving my Grandparents’ stories and learning the stories of my ancestors is a passion and one that I enjoy sharing with my sons.

Family Preserves will include not only the history of my direct ancestors but also the other branches of our family tree and the stories they have to tell. It will also include some of the history of the places and times for the ancestors and entries about family traditions – past and present – family recipes, etc.

i remember you

I Remember You
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I have been working on my family tree for the past 15 years. I enjoy every aspect of the hunt. I have taken numerous courses and spent hours in libraries and sitting at my computer. I look forward to working on compiling my research into a format that is interesting to readers and especially family members.

letters from the past

Letters from the Past
Blog type: Individual family history

Years ago, my mother gave me a shoebox full of old letters, photos, notes and postcards all jumbled up together in a big tangle. Since that time, those slips of paper have stayed in their box, and I thought it was time they saw the light. I’m just posting the contents of the letters (and a few photos) in their entirety, hoping maybe some genealogy fans or history buffs will find them interesting.

I’m not editing these or putting them in any kind of chronological order. The photos might not even show the people mentioned in the letters. From box jumble to blog jumble, it’s all staying much the same.

lucas cummins heritage

Lucas and Cummins Heritage
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history, UK genealogy

Australian genealogy branching to Cornwall, UK, Scotland and Ireland and our convict past. Surnames include, Lucas, Pinkerton, McLachlan, Paton, Miller, Mundy, Prisk, Melrose, Bray, Hodges, Leahy, Davis and many others. A place for our family members close and afar to gather with the aim that our united effort will link all our branches into one tree.

matthews davies family

Matthews & Davis Family Trees
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Genealogy is a bit like working on a jigsaw with all of the pieces turned upside down and no picture to guide you. To the best of my knowledge there is no collective word that can describe people who like jigsaws but apparently there is one for genealogy. It’s not a terribly exciting description and for some people genealogists are just those distant members of your family who enjoy digging into the family archives looking for a bit of gossip that they can bore other members of the family with at Christmas time and other family gatherings. You know who I mean!

Whatever you think about genealogy one thing is for sure it’s addictive, puzzling, frustrating, annoying, rewarding and sometimes all these things and more at the same time! Genealogy research can help you learn about your family’s unique history, its origins, its traditions, whether your relatives were famous or infamous! Your family history is unique and deserves to be preserved and passed on to future generations. They will thank you for it one day.

Depending on which web site you use for your information the interest in genealogy via the web is up there with e-mail, social networking and pornography, not really sure what that means but apparently its true. Type the word ‘genealogy’ into Google UK and you get about 296,000,000 results so something must be going on.

I started, like most novices to genealogy, with a desire to identify all of the family branches including each maternal and paternal parent within my tree. It was going to take me a few weeks and I would complete my work with a wonderfully bound book describing each and every person in great detail not forgetting photographs and a detailed family tree chart to hang on the wall! Yeah right…

My first search for a past family member began with me looking for my Great Grandfather, George Matthews, he turned out to be called Thomas Henry Matthews. Family stories about this mysterious man had always been told in hushed tones or not at all, he was just what I was looking for! What scandalous events had taken place in his life and what was the connection between a Grandfather and an Uncle of mine? Why didn’t anyone in my family ever talk about a Great Grandmother who had been married on three different occasions? These questions and many, many more are what make genealogy, let’s say, at times very interesting!

So, this is my family tree presented via this blog. The links on the right of the page will take you to information that I have discovered about many of the family branches and of course the individuals, where identified, in each branch. There are some links to photographs, birth and marriage certificates and other bits and pieces I have found along the way.

If you find anything that you want to ask me more about or have a question about please contact me via the Contact Me tab at the top of the page.

One final comment. This is and will always will be a work in progress, there are gaps and there are question marks so if you can help me fill in the gaps or have answers to the questions please do so. Constructive feedback is always welcome.

memoiren eines waldschrats

Memoiren eines Waldschrats (What I Left Behind)
Blog type: German genealogy, Individual family history

I reproduce old photos of my relatives past. Although it’s mostly in German language, it could be interesting for Americans with German ancestors. For example there was “Uncle Fritz” in New York, who became uncle only by a postal mistake, who nearly saved my father while he was a POW in France.

st gabriels 125th

St. Gabriel’s 125th Anniversary
Blog type: Florida genealogy

A blog about St. Gabriel’s celebration of the 125th anniversary of the completion of the church building. Take a glimpse into Titusville news during the weeks preceding completion of construction and the first service May 31,1888 by reading excerpts from the “Florida Star”.

sandis family history

Sandi’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Hello! I’m Sandi and this is where I post about my family history research. I decided to share my research publicly in the hope that it will help others with their own research, and will connect me to people with similar interests or even the same ancestors as myself.

I’ve been doing this type of research since I was twelve years old (I am nearly 25 now!) but my dedication to it grew significantly when I moved away from home to go to college. I run my own tree on (over 4000 individuals!) as well as trees for several friends. I am very interested in genetic genealogy and have participated thus far in AncestryDNA and 23andMe DNA tests.

I am an archaeologist, currently pursuing my Master’s degree. I work primarily in the Middle Atlantic region and in the historical period (from the arrival of Europeans onward). Research is a critical skill in archaeology, and I have found that my experience in genealogy prepared me well for documentary research. In turn, learning more about research for archaeology has expanded my genealogical research skills.

My grandparents moved several years ago and had to downsize. Most of the family papers and photos ended up at my parents house, much to my gleeful surprise. Since then I have embarked on an ambitious project to scan and catalog all the photos, to scan and transcribe all the documents, and to photograph all the heirlooms so that all may be preserved in perpetuity and be made public and accessible to others via the internet. These things make regular appearances here on the blog. It is an ongoing project, though, and I doubt I will ever be truly finished with it.

I am particularly interested in the roughly 100 years that my Overington ancestors (and related families) lived in Frankford, Philadelphia. This is part of my family tree that I have extensive documentation of. I took a class in Geographic Information Systems as a graduate student and for my final project I created a digital model of the area my ancestors lived in using historical maps for 1910, 1920, and 1929 – these years specifically so I could tie in census data and create a visual, geographical model of demographics by household. This, too, is an ongoing project as I work to expand the study area to the entirety of Frankford, to process even more census data, and to add additional census years to the study. This doesn’t make many appearances on the blog, but I hope to one day write a good long post (or several) about my findings.

If you’re still here, I’d like to add that I am always happy to help out others when I can. I have already met many residents of Frankford through this blog, and it is a joy to illuminate some small part of their neighborhood’s history with the information I have about the Overingtons. I have also met several distant cousins through this blog and through my Flickr and Ancestry accounts, and if you think we might be related I would be delighted to hear from you.

Additionally, if you think my research methods are flawed or I have any incorrect data, I welcome critique and suggestions so long as they are presented respectfully.

south bend area gen soc

South Bend Area Genealogical Society
Blog type: Indiana genealogy, Genealogical society blog

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society was established in 1976, to promote the collection, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and information with reference to genealogical and related historical data, and to instruct in research and documentation of said data.

The Society was conceived in 1975 by Laureen Bostedt and Fay Lies, with Prudence Michael and Carol Collins as advisors.

The first organized meeting was held January 22, 1976 in the Schuyler Colfax Auditorium of the South Bend Public Library under the direction of Jeanne Denham, President.

greene miranda families

The Green and Miranda Families
Blog type: Individual family history

I first became really interested in learning about my family’s history after the birth of my son.  His baby book had a mini-family tree, and I realized I could not even name one of my great grandparents.  Once I started digging a bit, I began to learn more about my background and what events shaped the lives of my ancestors.

One of the most interesting things about the combination of families of my four grandparents is their history in North America.  Miranda is the name I know the least about, but has been in the United States since the mid 1850s.  Our oldest traced Miranda was by oral tradition part Yaqui Indian, a tribe that has its traditional home in Northwestern Mexico.  Many Yaquis came to the United States starting in the mid-19th century.  The Greene name is rich in history, and thanks to the dedicated work of past researchers, has a quite well-documented history in the United States dating back to the 1630s, with at least three associated branches linked back to the Mayflower.  Some researchers have taken the line back to England and even Normandy, France.  Our Vielma line has been in the United States since the early 1900s, and we have traced it back to late 1700s in Northern Mexico, with associated lines back to the early 1700s.  The Despatie line has been in the United States since the late 1800s, but was previously in Quebec, Canada from the mid-16o0s.  Several researchers have taken the line back to northern France.

It is safe to say that my family is strongly North American – two grandparents spoke Spanish as a first language, one spoke French as a first language, and the other spoke English as a first language. I hope this site can serve as a resource for other members of my respective families, for future generations, and perhaps even for those distant family members I have not yet discovered!

otter lake express

The Otter Lake Express
Blog type: Individual family history

Hello, my name is Jeff Ford. I started this blog to tell the stories and adventures of Michael and Catherine McCormack (my great great grandparents) and their family.

unearthing the skeletons

Unearthing the Skeletons
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I can still remember the first time I started to take an interest in my family history when,  as RE homework, aged about 13, we were asked to draw up a family tree. This required me talking to my two remaining grandparents to try to get as much information as possible. What struck me was that they didn’t really know a great deal about their ancestors as most had died at a young age and children were expected to be seen and not heard.

My research really began as I was researching my final year dissertation at university. During my research, I happened upon a book listing those who had been pilots on the River Mersey. Remembering that my grandad had told me that his grandfather had been a pilot, I looked him up. To my delight, there he was, complete with year and death of birth. That was it – I was hooked.

During my research, I have unearthed many skeletons and also discovered some people to be truly proud of. I am firmly of the belief that you cannot change your past and each event has, somewhat, shaped us into being the people we are today so, with this in mind, I aim to share some of the more scandalous and amazing stories from my family history.

I welcome your feedback so please feel free to leave comments.

If you would like to contact me regarding anything you have read, I can be contacted at

your cousin caron

Your Cousin Caron
Blog type: Individual family history

Sharing family stories and pictures, interesting sources, helpful hints and other random thoughts related to genealogy and family history with all my “cousins”.

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