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New Genealogy Blogs November 5, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 8 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:

la familia gonzales

Building La Familia de Gonzales Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Latino genealogy, Mexican genealogy

The Gonzales Familia genealogy I am building is principally from Zacatecas, México.  The oldest members of that family to my knowledge are Abraham Gonzales and his wife, Benancia Medina.  Their children are four sons: Luciano, Victor, José María and Octaviano.  The records of their children indicate that they came from Jeréz and Fresnillo, Zacatecas, México.  Luciano was married to Dominga Mejía, Jose María was unmarried, Victor was married to Luísa Ayala and Octaviano was married to Epimenia Herrada.

One thing to keep in mind that the Gonzales name as spelled out in Mexican baptismal records was GONZÁLEZ.  For purposes of this blog, consider both spellings as correct.  I have borne the name of GONZALES all of my life, as have my 4 siblings, and I would rather not have to spell it with a Z at the end because that requires a written accent mark over the A; an extra step I would rather avoid.  As the familia crossed the border into the USA in about 1914-1915, it is certain that the border officials changed the Z to S for ease of writing the Gonzales name, as phonetically, S and Z are very similar. Uncle Julio, Victor’s son, managed to preserve the correct spelling of GONZÁLEZ for his family.

I welcome any discussion on this Gonzales familia.

family lineages and history

Building La Familia de Gonzales Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy

“Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spiritually.” from Norfolk Street United Church history.

finding la casa de ayala

Finding La Casa De Ayala Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Latino genealogy, Mexican genealogy

This blog can assume many purposes after several people have responded to the question, “Who do I come from?”  Finding Miguel Ayala’s birth or baptismal records would be a great place to start.  The mysterious part of this quest is the ages of Miguel and Francisca at the time of the birth of  their third child, Tiburcio Atanacio.  His birth record shows them, respectively, age 43  for Miguel and age 34  for Francisca.   Tiburcio’s birth is recorded in Angamacutiro de la Union, Prefecture of Puruandiro, Michoacan, Mexico and shows he was born in Santiago de la Union.  His birth date is 11 August 1886.  This record was recorded on 14 August 1886.   If those were their ages, Miguel must have been born in the year 1843 and Francisca in the year 1852.  I seems peculiar that Miguel would have a third child at 43 years of age.  His firstborn child, Maria Ignacia Blasa was born in January of 1880 and the second child, Rosario, was born in March of 1881.  I don’t comment on the ages of Miguel and Francisca when these first two children were born because neither of their birth or baptismal records show the ages of the parents.

And so it goes.  I am searching for their birth/baptismal records to establish where and when Miguel and Francisca were born so I can find La Casa de Ayala.

living ancestors

Living Ancestors
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history

I am an avid family historian and professional genealogist. My passion is the stories behind the names, dates, and places. I am also the director for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and serve on the Board of the Utah Genealogical Association.

I chose Living Ancestors as my blog (and company) name for one very simple reason. Too often we reduce our ancestors to names and dates on pedigree charts. But these were living, breathing people. They lived and they loved; they deserve to be remembered.

mawbey family australia

Mawbey Family Australia
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

A national family history of the first MAWBEY families in Australia (1820-1920). It includes those who lived in what are today the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. A ‘work in progress’ by Pamela Mawbey, a great great granddaughter of George Mawbey who arrived in the colony of New South Wales in the early 1830s.

my missing cousins

My Missing Cousins
Blog type: Individual family history

Seems like with blogging, just as in life, sometimes the best way to learn something is to just jump in and hope to learn to swim. So here I go. Actually I started out helping my husband get started on his blog after taking a class at school on WordPress. He is loving it. See his family history blog at holtdale. My motivation for writing a family history blog is at least two-fold. One, I noticed that my mother, Alma Josephine Bond, was listed on at list six genealogies online, and only one person of those six (me) actually knew her. As with so many women in genealogy, their stories are largely untold. I’d like for people to know more about her. Two, my parents died when my children were young, eight and five years old, so Ted and Amy don’t really have memories of their grandparents. They’d like to know more.

I guess there is another reason too. I grew up not knowing my Hawk relatives so genealogy has been for me a process of learning about all those people I never knew. Many folks have issues with family, but there are many losses when members decide not to have contact with each other. I’ve been told I look a lot like my Aunt Edith. I don’t know since I’ve never seen a photo of her.

I grew up on the family farm in South Texas, where our house burned when I was a child. It was an old farmhouse built by my Hawk grandparents after they moved from Phillips County, Kansas (1908). My mother always said the biggest loss was all those family photos. They have been largely unrecoverable. People I’ve met through genealogy have shared some family photos, and my close family cousins on my Bond side have shared photos. But, I remember trunks of photos upstairs in the old farmhouse attic. As a little girl I wanted to pull those trunks out and sift through all those photos. Do I ever wish I had them now!

unshoveling the past

Unshoveling the Past
Blog type: Individual family history

Having just become a middle-aged orphan, I feel the need to research and discover where I came from. With any luck, this might be a funny and entertaining exercise.

walking your tree

Walking Your Family Tree
Blog type: Professional genealogist

Kim Cotton is a professional genealogist who lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and son. She specializes in Connecticut and California research & volunteers at the California Genealogical Society and Library. Other areas of interest include New Jersey, Ohio, and Northern Mexico, as well as the use of the Internet and Social Media in Genealogy.

Previous area of studies include an eclectic mix of Art History, Nutrition, Cross-Cultural and Holistic Medical Practices, and Computer Science. She holds a degree in Art from Fresno City College, and a Certificate in Nutritional Education from Bauman College, in addition to her attendance at University of California, Berkeley.

As a dedicated “foodie” she advocates “organic” and sustainable food policies and is passionate about Farmer’s Markets. In addition to genealogical topics, her writing includes extensive family travel and product reviews, her longtime love of the actress, Mae West, as well as the occasional random musings on other subjects.

She is available for record lookups at Bay Area repositories, including but not limited to CGS, Sutro Library, UC Berkeley and other local public libraries, in addition to more complex research projects.

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