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New Genealogy Blogs March 9, 2013

New Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 11 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:

ancestral road

Ancestral Road
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

Welcome to Ancestral Road – my new blog about our family history. I’m excited and just a little bit overwhelmed to begin this project. I hope that I do a good job with it. I hope that someone reads it. I hope that some distant cousin will learn something they didn’t know about their own ancestors.

The plan is to document and share the family history information that I have discovered about my and my husband’s ancestors. We are both from the Canadian branches of our family trees. Our roots are in the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Members of our families emigrated to Ontario Canada at various times between 1842 and 1912.

I’ve been doing research on my own family tree on and off for many years. I was lucky to have begun when I was quite young. My grandparents and some other elder relatives were still around then to get me started and answer questions. Even so, I still ended up with a small collection of photos that I have no idea who they are. There are so many things that I wish now I’d asked them. I have kept some of those early notes including the first list of questions where I asked my grandparents what their first names were.

If you were also doing research when I began my genealogical quest, you will remember what a different world it was. Long before computers and the internet, it was a slow process. Sometimes the only way to get the details of an event was to travel to the location where it had taken place. This meant for many blanks in my research.

The past number of years have been a wonderful time to be doing family history. With more and more information becoming available online, many of my details have now been filled in leading to earlier generations. It was a much quicker process when a more in depth search was begun about 5 years ago into my husband’s family in preparation for a family reunion.

If you are a cousin of some sort, please say hello. If your own research points in a different direction than mine,  I’d like to hear about that too.  If you are someone like me who has a passion for family history and you’d just like to share some thoughts, feel free to contact me as well.


Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Simon Last and I set Charnwood Genealogy up as I have always had a passion for history and genealogy and have researched into my own family history over the last few years. Having studied genealogy and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogy through the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, I have helped several people discover their family history and developed their family trees. Charnwood Genealogy offers a unique and friendly research service for those wishing to discover more about their own family history.

family tree for KD

Family Tree for KD
Blog type: Individual family history

A place to collect all the family tree and family history stuff I have found, collected and created online.

finding family

Finding the Family
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I live in Wales but am researching Scottish, English, Irish,  but not Welsh, ancestors! I’ve been a researcher by trade for more than 25 years, but it was only 2009 that I began to research my family history in earnest. Since then I have traced all lines of my family back to at least my great-great grandparents and as far as 10 generations back in two cases. I love the challenge and satisfaction of tracking down evidence, and building up a case from multiple sources. I am fascinated by the stories behind the names and dates: who my family were, what they cared about and how they lived.

Names that I am currently interested in:

Bell (Cumberland)
Sisson (Cumberland)
Huggon (Cumberland)
Brodie (Edinburgh, Dublin, Kinloss)
Shaw (Jamaica, Edinburgh)
Forrestal/Forreston (County Wexford)
Finlay (County Antrim)
Richardson (Edinburgh)
Gill (Aberdeen)
Walkingshaw (Newbattle)
Bee (Dalkeith)
Spencer (Leicestershire)
Neal (Leicestershire)

genealogy campfire

Genealogy Campfire
Blog type: Individual family history

During my searching through and Family Search, I have been unable to find either my father Joe Kerr (he is 94 and alive but has severe dementia) or my deceased mother Dorothy Hamilton Kerr in the 1940 census.  I intend to blog about my search for them.  When successful, I have several other quest which will add relevance to my blog.

kyle dane family history

Kyle Dane Family History & Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Every few years, I pick up my genealogy research projects and try to do some work. I figured this time, I would keep a diary of sorts of the project that I hope will be useful to my family and other family history researchers.

The families I have done the most research on are: (from New England): Dane, Edmands, Thacher, Sherman, Cushing, Smith, (from the Midwest): Conrad, Murray, (from the Virginias): Sutton, Ashworth, Henry. My wife’s families include Montoya and Rojas (Mexico), Robertson, Pond (New England), and MacDonald (Nova Scotia). Of course, I have many other branches that I work on intermittently, mostly gathering information from research I find on the internet, and there’s a lot to be found.

If you don’t know, I wrote a short book on my family histories, which is available through my website:, but it’s no best-seller. In fact I’ve never sold a copy, I’ve only given them away to my immediate family. But I wouldn’t mind, so let me know if you want one.

I’ll enjoy posting this for all to read, and I hope to hear back from anyone who finds the information useful or entertaining.

one big circle

One Big Circle
Blog type: Individual family history

For the last 21 years I have been researching my family history and genealogy.  It has been an amazing journey and I have learned more about myself from finding my ancestors.  I wanted to create a webpage to keep updates and finds attached to my site but found a Blog suited my need better.  I am hoping to do a blog a week on who I am researching, who I am looking for, and maybe even add some research tips.  I have done over 100 genealogies for others and I am always willing to help someone who is just starting out or has hit a brickwall.


ReelGenie Blog
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog

At ReelGenie we’ve been in “production mode” to get our digital storytelling platform ready for its close-up. We’re pretty sure that anyone interested in genealogy, family history and storytelling will want to check out all the features at ReelGenie. We promise it’ll be worth the wait!

In the meantime, we are ready to unveil the ReelGenie blog which lets you stay informed about our latest developments. What can you expect? Here’s a peak:

Updates on the release of ReelGenie and new features added to provide you with the best online storytelling platform.

– Guest blog posts from leaders in the family history and storytelling industries with tips on the importance of family stories.

– Tips and tricks on using ReelGenie.

– Completed videos from ReelGenie customers with the “backstory” on how their family movie was produced and the reaction from friends and family.

Make sure you’re also following ReelGenie on Facebook and on Twitter. We invite you to join in the conversation about why preserving and sharing family stories matters to you.


Relatively Frank
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Charles Clark Frank (1871-1950) – countryman, soldier, writer – was my grandfather. I never met him but after my dad died, my mum gave me several carrier bags crammed with dusty, dirty old papers and said ‘You might like to read these’. My heart sank. The Essays. Dad had mentioned them many times. They had lurked in the dark recesses of the garage ever since I could remember. I pictured myself poring over long worthy-but-dull tracts. I felt obliged to at least start, as it was unlikely anyone else was going to, and dad had kept them for so long.

Reluctantly, I hoicked one at random out of the pile. After I’d stopped sneezing, I began reading; continued reading, and – yes – became hooked.

As a member of the Scarborough Essay Society or SES (which seems to have included members as far afield as London!) grandfather wrote essays on a wide range of topics, from fishing the River Dove in his beloved Yorkshire Moors, to a lyrical description of Anna Pavlova’s dancing, embracing subjects as divers as the duties of a Special Constable, a comparison of two Shakespeare characters, and a dragonfly alighting near his knee in the middle of an enemy bombardment on the Somme in 1916.

The essays were written between 1898 and 1933, some are good, some not so good, and some are amazing. Many have the criticisms of fellow SES members attached – which really enriches them (when I can read the hand-writing…). However, all SES members wrote under a pen-name – grandfather’s was ‘T’Moor Poult’ (or TMP) – so I have no idea who ‘Gimcrack’, ‘Paul Pry’, ‘Agricola’ or even ‘Δ’ were.

To date, I’m about half way through reading  the essays (about a hundred in all) and am astonished at how enriching the experience has been – leading me up and down all sorts of fascinating avenues, and I feel I’m getting to know my grandfather. I hope that eventually, they can be shared in some way, but in the meantime, I’ve started this blog as a tribute what ‘Gimcrack’ might have called my grandfather’s ‘esprit de plume’.

And it’s for my dad, too. My dad, Charles Godfrey Hugill Frank, gave me many things (including for my birthday once, many years ago, a fire extinguisher!), but he also gave me many gifts. Not least among these is a love of words, and it’s this which has, I believe, helped me to finally understand, to a small degree at least, the essence of an often puzzling man – my dad.

the family treasure box

The Family Treasure Box
Blog type: Hungarian genealogy, Individual family history

We will be learning together about my Hungarian side of the family. The immediate surnames are Farkas, Papp, Simon and Szam from Mezőkövesd and Dudar. If any of these names look familiar to you, please contact me and let’s talk.

the stubby currence project

The Stubby Currence Project
Blog type: Individual family history

The Stubby Currence Project is an endeavor to share and learn more about the late V.L. Currence of Bluefield, West Virginia — a writer, editor and lover of all things sports.

On this blog, we’re be talking mostly about a region known by many names: Our Grand Area, Four Season Country, the Two Virginias.

Both Bluefield, West Virginia., and Bluefield, Virginia., and their nearby towns are a beautiful places to live and visit. Even Lassie loves it.

Thanks for visiting The Stubby Currence Project!

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