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New Genealogy Blogs November 13, 2010

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[Note: this is a regular feature of GeneaBloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of GeneaBloggers. Use the Suggest A Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 21 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,381 genealogy blogs on our list! Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

barefooted semmie

Barefooted Semmie
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m Semmie. This is my blog. And yes, I am barefooted.

Some days, this is a blog about theology. Some days, it is a blog about culture. Some days, it is about my latest craft. And very soon, it will be about the Detroit Tigers a little bit, too. Most days, it is just about an opinionated girl who likes to write.

I live in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sometimes I wish I lived somewhere more exciting, like Seattle, but most days, I am thankful to be in such a laid back part of the world. It enables me to feed my obsessions–reading, sewing, paper crafting, ore boats, Lake Superior, writing, writing, writing.

If you want to say hello, you can find me on Twitter or (if you’re old-school) you can email me at barefootedsemmie[at]gmail[dot]com. Of course, if you’re really old-school, like me, and are obsessed with letter writing (I’m talking ink wells, parchment paper, and glorious nib pens), then we can talk about that, too.

Otherwise, sit back, take off your shoes, and jump into the discussion.

branch out genealogy

Branch Out Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy vendor blog

Hi I’m Shannon Dobbins. I started Branch Out Genealogy to help people learn how to research their family histories. Stemming from my own love of history and genealogy I’ve been investigating our own family tree for years and want to pass along the wisdom I’ve gained.

The Beginner’s Guide was spawned when I realized how many different sources one had to buy to get started. All of the beginner’s books had the same things: chart & forms, document types, and how to write letters. None of the them had the more specialized stuff that is still good to know early on: how to transcribe a document, how to do good research, how to dig deep into census information. Also you were wasting valuable learning time going to the store to get the book or waiting for it to come in the mail. So I came out with the Beginner’s Guide – tons of resource topics never before seen in one package and it’s downloadable in minutes. All of the guides and forms in it can be printed over and over again!

daily genealogist

Daily Genealogist
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, New England genealogy

Blog from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Free Genealogy Resources

Free Genealogy Resources
Blog type: Genealogy education

When I started tracing my roots, I thought I would end up having to spend a lot of money to get all the information I needed. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that much of the information is available for free-IF you know where to look for it. To help other genealogists on a budget, I decided to share the many resources I found.

Since many of us get our start in genealogy not really knowing what to do, I thought I’d also share some tips and hints I’ve learned along the way to help you build your family tree.

a geek girl does genealogy

A Geek Girl Does Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history

Once upon a time I did not consider myself to be a genealogically inclined person. Once upon a time, I could only name my parents, my parents’ siblings, and my first cousins and their children. (In my defense, we have a very large extended family.) Whether it was because I was an only child, or that I grew up far away from any members of my extended family, I just didn’t have much interest. And then I was put into the position of helping to staff a library’s genealogy department, and a funny thing happened: suddenly I was wanting to know more. Suddenly I was wanting to find my family — and the more I found, the more I wanted to find out.

genealogy pilgrimage through the past

Genealogy: Pilgrimage Through the Past
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I’ve been working on my family tree now for going on 15 years, yup I said 15 years. Being only 28, that seems like quite a long time to be working on a single project. I have to say I do get quite a few comments about how young I am to be working on my family history.

This has been a project of love since the teacher proposed the project in grade 7 all those years ago. I have stacks of binders; much to my OH’s (other half’s) irritation and I’m sure it’ll only get better or worse (depending on who you ask) as the years go on.

Over the next few weeks, months and hopefully years I will post about my finds, frustrations, irritations and breakthroughs. Hopefully some of those dreaded brickwalls will come crumbling down and the tree expand even more.

genealogy technology and more

Genealogy, Technology and More
Blog type: Technology blog

“To All Who Come To This Happy Place, Welcome.” – Walt Disney at the Dedication of Disneyland (now Disneyland Resort, Anaheim)

This is my first try at blogging, so I hope everyone will be patient with me on this.

I’m not intending for this to be a blog about what I’ve done this week, but rather a way to post ideas and a few experiences (bad and good) here. There are some experiences, though, I will not post, simply because they are too special to just put up on the internet anywhere.

For those of you who do not know me at all, or are barely acquainted with me, my name is Cassandra Dawn Bushman, I usually go by my middle name of Dawn.

There’s a lot more about me you will get to know in posts to come.

What I will say now:

I like reading, playing the piano, composing music for the piano, genealogy, technology (more on that later).

hidden heritage

Hidden Heritage – Gloucestershire Genealogy
Blog type: Professional genealogist, UK genealogy

Hidden Heritage was founded in 1997 by Elizabeth Jack with help from members of her family. Those involved with Hidden Heritage since its inception in are:

  • Elizabeth Jack – Author of ‘A Rogues’ Gallery’; Former Editor of Gloucestershire Family History Society quarterly Journal; Committee Member of the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives; Chief Researcher
  • Alan Jack – Photographer, countryman and metal sculptor, linked with Nature in Art, Birdland and John Moore Countryside Museum
  • Adam Jack – Creator of WildObs; Computer Consultant at Neukadye; Coal Creek Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Trisha Phillips – Assistant Researcher.

Liz has been undertaking genealogical research for over twenty years, and is one of the foremost experts in Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. She and her niece, Trisha Phillips, can bring their vast knowledge and experience to your research, and help shed light on your family’s Hidden Heritage.

in black and white - cross-cultural genealogy

In Black and White: Cross-Cultural Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history

Welcome! This blog focuses on research methods and resources for tracing your African-American, English, Welsh, Filipino and Eastern European Jewish roots. Some of the series you can expect to find here are Genealogy Journeys, Preserving Family Legacies, Recommended Reading, Research Barrier Breakthroughs and more. I’m always glad to make connections with distant cousins, researchers with similar interests, or reply to reader questions & comments. Thanks for stopping by!

kellies genealogy blog

Kellie’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Arkansas genealogy, Individual family history

Genealogy of the Thompson-Treats of Arkansas.

kentucky pioneers

Kentucky Pioneers
Blog type: Appalachian genealogy, Kentucky genealogy

Kentucky genealogy, court house records, Revolutionary War pensions, etc. online.

lost generations

Lost Generations
Blog type: Georgia genealogy

Find your ancestors on Georgia’s Largest Genealogy Website Georgia Pioneers.

I enjoy collecting old history and genealogy books, writing web pages and making searching for ancestors easier.

mks family page

MK’s Family Page
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been wanting to start a genealogy blog for a while. Plus at the Bay County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar, I am going to be doing a segment on Genealogy Blogs so I figured I should have one.

Yesterday on We Tree mention was made of 52 Weeks of Better Genealogy. This weeks challenge is to visit the public library and make a list of all the books that might help you in your research. So I hope to do that tomorrow.

nos racines

Nos Racines
Blog type: French genealogy

Le récit de nos ancêtres, de notre identité propre. Une saga issue de la passion, de l’honneur et du courage des Colons qui ont quitté, par vents et marés leurs pays d’origines pour fonder les bases d’une nouvelle société francophone et qui ne pouvait se trouver qu’ici, sur cette terre d’Amérique.

Translation (via Google Translate): The story of our ancestors, our own identity. After a saga of passion, honor and courage of the colonists who left by winds and ponds their home countries lay the foundations for a new French company and could not be here on this land of America.

penrose mornings

Penrose Mornings: Blood Family Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, Wyoming genealogy

The Blood family blog is an information center for the extended family of Russell and Minnie Blood. The Blood family is a large and diverse family. We have school teachers, college professors, attorneys, financial planners, day care providers, pharmacists, engineers, coaches, realtors, quilters, crafters, scrapbookers, photographers, writers, wood workers, metal crafters, college students, young marrieds, old marrieds, Republicans, and a few Democrats. We have a retired dentist and a family member who lives in Alpine, UT and commutes to his job in Paris, France. We live all over the country.

We welcome you to our blog and look forward to getting acquainted with and linking to other families who want to know more about who we are. Our blog is just starting, so come back often as we begin regular posts from our widespread family. We have come a long way from our rural beginnings in the small country valley of Penrose in northwest Wyoming, but our roots and fond memories are still attached to where we began.

a scrapbook of me

A Scrapbook of Me
Blog type: Individual family history

I thought I would share bits and pieces of my life. I’m a lifelong Christian. I’ve been married for over 33 years to Stan. No children. We have 2 Miniature Pinschers named MoneyPenny & Spunky Monkey and 3 Italian Greyhounds named Persephone, Dresden & Capodimonte. We have 9 nieces and nephews whom we love. My hobbies are genealogy, reading, scrapbooking, history, dogs, homemaking. Please sign my guestbook at the bottom. Check out my links on the right!

sepia saturday

Sepia Saturday
Blog type: Individual family history

Launched by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen in 2009, Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind (they don’t have to be sepia) become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images. If you want to play along, all we ask is that your sign up to the weekly Linky List, that you try to visit as many of the other participants as possible, and that you have fun.

south carolina pioneers

South Carolina Pioneers
Blog type: South Carolina genealogy

South Carolina ancestors, transcripts of wills, genealogies, estates, bible records, GEDCOM files.

spittal street

Spittal Street
Blog type: Genealogy industry

Welcome to Who would have guessed forty years ago that genealogical research would become such a popular field. To say that it’s all the rage is an understatement, primarily because I see genealogy as a continually evolving activity and not a fad.

I became interested in genealogy to solve a family conundrum fraught with brick walls and conjectural comments. That gotcha moment was a long time coming, so it was a great surprise to realize that I was hooked on genealogy. There’s definitely a point when one starts to feel a connection with those who came before and, once the bond to your ancestral legacy is forged, it helps to define a greater sense of self.

A natural progression in my research was to gather historical facts to further understand the events and social circumstances that shaped each generation. One of the major perks that arise from genealogical research is the ability to view history and the real people who created it from a different perspective. Hands-down, it beats learning by rote from uninspiring school textbooks.

I’ve learned a lot from taking part in the blogging community and have gleaned as much from informational comments as I have from posts. Running my own blog will likely broaden my own horizons and hopefully yours too.

The objective of is to be informative, beneficial, entertaining, and provide up-to-date news. I’m open and willing to be corrected or challenged.

Although most of us know that the ideal is to engage in healthy dialog, a reality check is in order. Spam is not acceptable. Human nature being the way it is, there are always people who intentionally bait others, or say something inappropriate. These people aren’t merely offering a differing opinion, which is encouraged, they’re attention seekers who are labeled trolls in the online world. That said, in order to protect people who make valid comments, it’s necessary to monitor them before posting. And, I will never sell or share your email address with anyone.

the journey takers

The Journey Takers
Blog type: Individual family history

So, I’m really doing it – I’m taking the plunge. I’m starting a blog! I know I’m not exactly cutting edge here, but I’m still pretty excited. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for years. All of a sudden last night, I decided to stop thinking about it – and just do it. Yikes! Even though I write for magazines quite a bit and even have a new book out (The Journey Takers), writing a blog seems a little – well, scary. I’m supposed to think of something entertaining and informative to say a couple of times a week. Actually, thinking of something to say shouldn’t be a problem. I ALWAYS have something to say. Now whether or not it’s entertaining and informative – that’s a another question…

Why did I finally decide to start this long-thought-about-blog now? Nothing profound happened. Really, nothing happened at all. I just decided to stop worrying about making everything fit a certain theme – stop worrying about planning things out in advance. I decided to just start my blog – and see what happened. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to write about the things I love – about family, history, genealogy (particularly immigration research), and my travels. I know there are other people out there who get as excited about these things as I do. Maybe this blog can help us connect!

The blog is called The Journey Takers, after my new book that just came out this summer. The book interweaves my ancestors’ experiences, all Western European immigrants, with my experiences in researching and discovering them. I have included carefully researched accounts of peasant life and ocean voyages paralleled with personal accounts of research and of motherhood. I describe the emotional impact of standing in my family’s Old World churches, and the “excitement” of chasing my fourteen-month-old up and down the aisles of the Family History Library. This is also what I want to do in my blog – mix together the things I learn about genealogy research and history with the things I learn about life. Oh! But that sounds so heavy. I want the blog to be fun too!

tutto franchini

Tutto Franchini
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, Italian genealogy

Welcome to my new genealogy and family history blog ~ Tutto Franchini!

This marks the launch of my latest family history project which is to trace my husband’s paternal family tree. My husband is a Franchini and according to family lore he descends from the branch that has its roots in Lucca, Italy.

Focus of this blog

1. My husband’s genealogy and family history

2. Extracts from records that pertain to any Franchinis in Canada

3. The Franchini surname and history

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

14 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs November 13, 2010

  1. Thank you for continuing this tradition of featuring genealogy blogs from around the world.
    As always, your hard work is encouraging and greatly appreciated.

    A Canadian Family

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