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New Genealogy Blogs March 23, 2013

New Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 10 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:

genealogy this that tother

Genealogy – This, That, Tother
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi, I’m finally breaking over and attempting a blog!  Primary focus of this blog will be genealogy, with some history and since history is being made every moment, there may be current stuff as well.  I’ve been doing genealogy for a long time off and on while raising a family, working and living life in general.  Major surnames include Spencer, Jett, Watkins, Lucas, Jamison, Hobbs, Crawford , Herald-all of these are in  centered around Eastern Kentucky.  Then there is the ‘northern line’ which include Holetons, Rogotzki, Kopitzki, Damrau, Welke etc-this line centers around Michigan with some Ohio involvement.  Then there is my spouse’s line which all centers around central Kentucky-Colston, Aldridge, Wiley, Woolums, McGuire, Cummins, Harlow and Young.  My goals are to be able to share things I learn, maybe pick up ideas that I’ve not thought of and have fun doing it.  Fortunately, I’m experiencing the gamut of genealogy options-I have folks that have been in the US since the 1600’s and then I have some that came over from Germany in the late 1800’s.  I have brick walls and brick walls:)  One line seems to have been dropped in Kentucky!  So far, any infamous characters have been on the wrong side of the law:(  However, since I am a Spencer and Princess Diana is a Spencer-we must be related!  LOL  Maybe I can prove that one of these days….in the meantime, I intend to share findings, interesting stories, tidbits etc.  To all those fellow Genealogists-Happy Hunting!

ghosts in gray

Ghosts in Gray
Blog type: Military history

Last Spring, while photographing some gravestones for a Findagrave request, I stumbled upon a Confederate Cemetery within a local cemetery. There are very few markers and those soldiers, most of whom died in late 1862 between the Battle of Richmond Ky and Battle of Perryville, seem to be completely forgotten, difficult to even notice when you are standing right in the middle of the site. I adopted these soldiers and have been doing some genealogical and civil war research to flesh out their lives and am using the blog to get them “out there”.

heirlooms and heritage

Heirlooms and Heritage
Blog type: Individual family history

The idea for this blog came from the desire to make our family history interesting and relevant to my family members who don’t get excited about the latest US Census Record find (pretty much everyone but me)! And so, this blog communicates the stories of our ancestors by telling about the heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations.  Getting to know them through the stories of their stuff! Something as simple as a rock gathered from a creek on a vacation or my children’s blankets from when they were tiny mean more to me than any expensive item that can be purchased from a store. Here’s a great example:  there’s a paperweight on my desk at the church where I work.  My Mom gave me that paperweight when I went to work at my first job.  That paperweight has been on every desk I have worked at since then. Yep, it’s a 36 year old paperweight.  Its physical appearance reflects the time it was made but the sentiment is always contemporary. . . “God made you one of a kind!”  I would be hard pressed to part with that item, something small and inexpensive, but a monument to a very important relationship. I am very grateful for the privilege of possessing the family heirlooms that I have been entrusted with and I long to know the stories of each of my ancestors.  So, here we go, and if you are a part of my family I am hoping you share the stories of your family heirlooms as well.  I welcome, encourage, and am counting on guest contributors!


Blog type: Individual family history

I have been doing genealogical research for 20 years.

Certificate, Genealogical Research Program, Boston University

Member of Association of Professional Genealogists

Member National Genealogical Society

Member New England Historic Genealogical Society

Member El Dorado County Historical Society, Placerville, CA

jen on gen

Jen on Gen
Blog type: Individual family history

There are varied reasons why I write the blog.  Primarily, I share items from my family’s archive, and gems from my research, that would otherwise remain hidden.  I also use it to entertain my mother in nursing home care.  Last, it’s just fun as a writing exercise.  Not being a fan of online tree-sharing sites, this seemed like a good alternative.

michaels genealogy

Michael’s Genealogy & Brevard County History Blog
Blog type: Florida genealogy, Genealogy library blog

This blog is being introduced as a way of sharing what is going on in the genealogy department at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa, Florida and the wider genealogical community in our area. Information will be posted on upcoming classes, lectures, speakers and special events. Since genealogy and history go hand in hand I will also be posting items related to the rich history of our area. This may include stories about interesting individuals, events and places. At least initially, several of the topics covered will be the result of frequent questions by library patrons on the same subject, such as the 1934 murder of Cocoa’s Ethel Allen, and while we cannot post all our historical documents on a particular topic it will give the reader an idea of what is available at the library. Individuals may also contact me about posting information on events or topics they feel would be of interest to the readers of this blog.

running in the family

Running in the Family
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog focuses on my family as well as that of my husband. It is a new endeavor for me, so I have had to spend some time learning how to put the widgets together and figure things out in general, and there aren’t a lot of posts yet. I’ve been studying other blogs (found primarily through Geneabloggers) and am putting some blog inspirations to good use.

stumbling shadows giants

Stumbling in the Shadows of Giants
Blog type: Individual family history, Welsh genealogy

Principally, the current focus of the blog is about my Welsh, Jones ancestors from Dolgellau, Merionethshire, who spawned many generations of book printers, authors, poets, and radical Welsh nationalists from the early 18th through the late 19th centuries. Among my ancestors is William Ellis Jones (aka Gwilym Cawrdaf, “chaired” bard of the 1822 Eisteddfod, as well as the author of (arguably) the first novel written in the Welsh language “The Welsh Hermit”. Also an important American ancestor of Welsh descent is Cawrdaf’s namesake, William Ellis Jones of Richmond, Virginia, who kept a Civil War Diary, and after the War became a noted historian, editor, and publisher.

I have written a book about this family, also entitled Stumbling in the Shadows of Giants, that accounts the lives and exploits of our Welsh ancestors, then follows descendants to America into the Antebellum South, just before the US Civil War (1861 – 1865.)

The site includes detailed biographies of my Welsh ancestors who were printers/book publishers, as well as bibliographies of their productions. I also include a lengthy biography of Goronwy Owen (non-relative), who is an important influence in my family’s saga.

the sassy starfish

The Sassy Starfish
Blog type: Individual family history

It is no surprise my favorite subjects in school were history and English.  I have spent my twenties in pursuit of knowledge in those fields.  The Sassy Starfish is my place to speak of those topics that interest me most.   Please join me on this journey, and check out my other blog The Rugged Bunch.

A few facts about me in a flash…


University of Southern Mississippi – B.A. History & English
University of Edinburgh- Masters of Science by Research History


Mississippi Coast Historical and Genealogical Society – VP History
D’Iberville Historical Society
University of Southern Mississippi Alumnae Association
Kappa Alpha Theta Mississippi Coast Alumnae Chapter- Treasurer

Topics of Interest:

Gulf Coast History, French Genealogy, Croatian Genealogy, Swiss Genealogy, German Genealogy, Spanish Genealogy, Scotland, England, History of everyday things, Vintage Living, World War II, Coffee, Travel, and more. . . .

three shires genealogy

Three Shires Genealogy
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog, UK genealogy

Three Shires Genealogy is a new blog. We are based in Cheshire and work in Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. In the blog we will be concentrating on the people of the Three Shires and also will be mentioning current events where relevant.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee