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New Genealogy Blogs November 12, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 13 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:

1625 Lincoln Avenue

1625 Lincoln Avenue
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Linda Dooley and I am a family historian. My interest in genealogy began about 1980 upon receiving my Grandmother’s Bible. My Grandmother diligently recorded every family event. Her Bible sat sadly on my shelf gathering dust for over two decades! In 2008 I finally reached for her Bible and have been learning and researching ever since. I am finally following in my grandmother’s footsteps. My family trees have multiplied. So much so, that sometimes I do not know which way to turn! Though an amateur, I am ready to tell my ancestors stories. They lived through good times and turbulent ones. Some were very successful. Others struggled through life. This process has taken me places I never imagined. Please join me on my journey of learning and loving those who came before. Life is a wonderful story made by everlasting love.
a genealogy lady

A Genealogy Lady Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

My blog is about research on a variety of surnames including but not limited to: TAIT, DOUCETT, ROPER,MATHEWS,TENNEY,APPLETON and more! Thanks for coming by to check out my blog A Genealogy Lady! I’ve started this blog to help others in their quest to know their family history and to maybe even learn some more about mine. This site is sort of under construction but stay tuned because I’m going to be trying to add info as much as possible. Subscribe via email, follow me on Goggle Friend Connect (right hand side of blog), follow me on Twitter, or Facebook to get day to day updates! I enjoy reading comments so whether they are good or bad I’d love to hear from ya!

civil war diary

Civil War Diary of Henry Stephen Archer, Sr.
Blog type: Diary blog, Military history blog, US Civil War blog

As many of you are aware starting in April 2011 and going through June of 2012 various organizations across the country are sponsoring various events in recognition of the Sesquicentennial (150 years) anniversary of the Civil War.  It is an appropriate time for my new blog.  This is my small effort to share an amazing civil war artifact which I acquired in June of this year.  First just a little history on the who, what, where, when and how.  My gt. gt. gt. grandfather, Henry Stephen Archer Sr. (pictured to the left) was born in North Carolina in 1832 and lived his adult life in Mississippi.  He is a huge Brick Wall in my genealogy research.  About his family and himself I have a great deal of information; about his parents, not so much.  Regardless, before June of this year, I had a pretty good idea of who and what this man was.  I knew he was a Baptist minister and served various churches in the north east portion of Mississippi (Tishomingo county) as well as the south west part of Mississippi, Wilkinson county, in his later life.  I knew he had a large family.  I knew he was not a huge land owner.  I knew he did not own slaves.  I knew he was in the Civil War, enlisting 13 March 1862 in the 32nd Mississippi Infantry under Col. Lowry as a sergeant and maybe later in the 41st Mississippi Infantry as a chaplain.  I knew he died in 1909 in Wilkinson county, Mississippi.

discovering yesterday

Discovering Yesterday
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

I come from a family of ordinary folks who lived ordinary lives.  My family is very private and does not talk much about the family history. There is no oral history that was passed down through the generations.  I have a few photos of my grandparents, but nothing for the previous generations.   Most of the family history I know I obtained in bits and pieces from relatives and a lot of research.

I have not met anyone who is researching my direct family line.  However, I have met a few cousins who are descendants from siblings of my great grandfather, Overton Roy Woodfork.   One cousin in Philadelphia had an interest in the family history and had done research.  She shared with me a family bible, pictures and other documents that were very helpful.  We still talk occasionally.  I have met a few other new cousins who have been helpful as well.

emilys genealogy quest

Emily’s Genealogy Quest: Leaving a Legacy
Blog type: Individual family history

I teach a genealogy class each semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for Widener University. Each semester I begin the genealogy class telling the story of visiting cemeteries throughout the Midwestern United States as part of every summer vacation that I can remember. My mom always gave the kids (my brother, sister and myself) the same task and reward, “Find the tombstone with this person’s name, and you can choose the place for dinner tonight.” For many years I thought that this was the same experience every child had during vacation.

It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I realized these experiences were at the heart of genealogy research. I then began to learn more about genealogy, as my husband and I researched my husband’s ancestors with my mother’s help. The research took us from Montana, the birthplace of my husband, back to Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina in the 1770s.

Throughout the process my mother made sure I studied the stories of the relatives, not to just find the documents that established their lineage, but to research the history and background of the era to better understand why people moved or bought and sold land. It was also during this time that I watched her write and publish several articles about our Fox relatives.

Upon her death in 2006, I received 40 boxes and four filing cabinets of genealogy materials. Pictures, files, documents, and stories—all left for me to learn more about my ancestors.

Last week at a conference (I am by day a continuing educator) one session talked about how blogging could be a great way to communicate information to others. I realized that blogging would be a great way for me to journal my research in genealogy, and to be able to share my work with others. Thus the “birth” of Leaving a Legacy!

The work from the class has resulted in an article that was just published. You can find it here:

Meanwhile – who am I researching? On my parents side we have the names of Coffman and King (my dad’s parents) and Fox and Yoder (my mother’s parents). On my husbands side we have the names of Richardson and Coleman (his fathers parents) and on his mothers side we have Robertson and Braun. I am hopeful that this blog will help me to stretch my thinking and share the stories of my family.


Blog type: Individual family history, Spain genealogy

Este es un blog sobre genealogía y el estudio de la historia familiar en general. Concretamente el apellido que estoy investigando es COLL. Es mi primer apellido y aunque se trata de un apellido de origen catalán, la familia de mi padre procede de Beniel en Murcia.

Translation (via Google Translate): This is a blog about genealogy and family history study in general. Specifically I am researching the family name is COLL. It’s my last name and although it is a surname of Catalan origin, the family of my father comes from Beniel in Murcia.

finding foleys

Finding Foleys
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogical information on Foley families mainly in New York City and environs.


Blog type: Genealogy education blog, Individual family history, Technology blog

Fascinated with genealogy at a young age, I put pen to paper and spent many hours interviewing my wonderful grandmother, Goldie (Simpson) Edwards.  “Grammer,” as she liked to be called, was also fascinated with family history, and was especially proud of her Stanwood heritage.  She would baby sit for me while I would spend many hours at the national archives, researching census records on microfilm for clues about her heritage.  Later, my mother would join me in my research excursions, and after my grandmother’s passing, mom and I would pour over old photographs, Google our family name, and celebrate each time we’d find another clue or solve another mystery.

My mother and grandmother are both gone now, but my lifelong passion for genealogy is not. I hope you find this blog helpful in learning about my family history research progress, travels and latest technological gadgets. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me is you find this blog helpful.

Happy Hunting!

personal pedigree

Personal Pedigree
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, Professional genealogist

I got into genealogy and family searching many years ago when I was trying to find out who REALLY was my Swedish great grandfather.  If any of you have any Swedish ancestors, you will know that they used to change their names each generation depending on father’s name, mother’s name, family dog and/or where they were living.  No kidding, if you are American, you get lost in this search — FAST.   And this was WAY before we could use the Internet….yes, it was by routine mail….hoping for some kind of answer in a few weeks.

In the last few years, I decided to start my hunt again, but started with other “easier” relatives.  I hit the jack pot and ended up finding more relatives than I thought was possible.  I had always thought that I came from a small family, but once I started looking, I found so many living relatives by going up one chain and down another, that I was astonished.

During all this time, I was having so much fun, I started doing searches for others.  I have found many relatives, photos, facts, proof of ancestry for an inheritance, missing family members, etc., that I decided to do it for real.  I puttered about this until I logged hundreds of hours.

While exchanging information with one relative I found that my father, brothers and I were actually descendants of John Alden, a leading Mayflower pilgrim.  So, I spent months finding birth, marriage and death certifications to prove that lineage from 1620 to present time.  Full approval was gotten….and now I am onto getting the proof for my brother’s membership in the Sons of the American Revolution organization.

Meanwhile I kept at it and my family tree kept growing.  I started talking to and meeting all my newly discovered relatives.  In May 2011, I even took a trip to England to meet over 20 relatives there.  It was one of the best trips of my life.  Besides the fact that I love all my family there, I was able to see the sites and walk the walk of my ancestors who lived in The Midlands.  What an experience!

And, as to my Swedish relatives?  Well, I got smart on this one and now have a good friend in Sweden who helped me sort all that out – and I am now emailing to and learning about my Swedish cousins.  Hmmm, maybe that will be my next big trip…but first I am taking a quick jaunt south to meet several other cousins.

If this interests you at all, or if you have questions about how this may work for you, then just go to the Contact Me tab on the Welcome page and send me a communication about you and your family and we will get started.

raking through the leaves

Raking Through the Leaves
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy has been an interest since I received a gift subscription to in 2010. Already it’s more like an obsession. I hope to use this blog to learn more, share my stories, and connect with folks. Other interests are travel, great books, papercrafting, and spending time with the living! Thanks for reading!

remember when genealogy

Remember When Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I am the family Genealogist and have been researching for about 10 years. I have quite a lot of info and a lot of it that needs to be entered still. I have made contact with some distant cousins through my research and shared where I could. I am  researching Goodwin, Lafleur, Dennie, Forwell, Ouellette, Gervais, Trudel, and more. Check out the blog and feel free to share, I will.

the road backward

The Road Backward
Blog type: Individual family history

I started researching my family history around the same time I started blogging. It didn’t occur to me until recently to ask why? I mean, what does it matter who my 3rd great-grandparents were?

I read recently, to my surprise, that genealogy is the third largest hobby in the United States, and there are probably many reasons for this.

For me, there are a couple of reasons:

Finding a sense of heritage and identity. I think modern people in the western world have become… well, rootless. Back in the old days, most people lived their whole lives in the same town or county, near much of their family, and died within just a few miles of where they were born.

Today we’re far more mobile; families are often scattered about the country and even the world. We know longer seem to have any roots.

My mother’s ancestors were Puritans who came over from Britain to settle in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the 1620’s-30’s. My father’s mother’s ancestors were Irish potato farmers who immigrated to Boston in the 1850’s, and my father’s father family were Russian Jews who fled to the U.S. and Canada after the Bolshevik Revolution.

Having lived most of my life away from New England, where my parents grew up, I often felt disconnected from these roots.

Growing up, my mom used to tell me stories about her family and her childhood, and perhaps her death has added to this desire for me to research her family; connecting with them is really connecting with her.

Another reason is my love for history. In discovering an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War or who was accused of witchcraft, it makes history personal and real. These aren’t just names and dates, but people who actually existed and lived and loved and suffered.

I decided to start this blog to share the discoveries I have made and will make during this quest. Although I am not a professional genealogist– and that point should be stressed– I hope to also share tips and resources I find with others who might be embarking on a similar journey.

It promises to be a long but interesting road.


Whippersnapper Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education

I love researching my ancestors and finding their old photos and stories that help tell more about them.  Of course, this all helps shed light on those in the present.  I often find myself being the youngest one in genealogy-type gatherings.  At a recent workshop, the speaker remarked that he didn’t see many young whippersnappers in the room.  In fact, I believe I was the only one there under the age of 45.  That is not to take away from the older generations at all.  They are the ones who have paved the way and from whom we younger ones can learn.  That is, however, what prompted me to start this blog.  I know there have to be more genealogists out there who are of similar age.  Where are you?  Let’s share resources, success stories, and commiserate together.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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