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New Genealogy Blogs November 6, 2010

new genealogy blogs

[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 14 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,359 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:

anglers rest

Anglers Rest
Blog type: Individual family history

The ramblings & obsessions of a fisherman’s wife! ~ a real assortment, with snippets of genealogy, books, cross stitching, scrapbooking, web pages and general ramblings.

eff-stop local

Eff-Stop Local: Small-Radius Travel
Blog type: Individual family history, Washington genealogy

While mainly a travel blog, the Sepia Saturday series ( contains a gold mine of genealogy information and family photos.

An English Jewish Family’s Quest for Their Roots
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy, UK genealogy

When I first started out on, to quote Tony Blair, “A Journey”, it was in the days of the Commodore 64 and continuous printing paper with green lines.

Over the years I have started and “rested” rather than “stopped” my research numerous times, but I always come back to it. Researching family history has a fascination, which never seem to leave you once you are hooked.

My biggest regrets are not questioning my parents and my in-laws enough before they passed on. I lost the opportunity to find out more about the past. Their lives, where they lived, where they went to school and what they knew of their parents lives. Much of this information is probably lost forever. My research has helped to fill in some of the gaps but not all.

When I started out I knew that my mother’s parents were born and married in Russia (now Poland) and came to England about 1905 with 2 children. My mother was born in London. My father’s parents had the same background although they were both born and married here. Their parents came here around 1880.

My wife parents were both born in England. Her father’s parents came to this country from Russia as an engaged couple with his grandparents. On her mother’s side my wife was brought up believing that her family had been in England for over 200 years. It was therefore this part of our family that I have spent the most time researching and have now been able to trace it back to the 1550’s in Spain. Her ancestors seem to have arrived in England in the early 1700’s.

free genealogy guide

Free Genealogy Guide
Blog type: Genealogy education

Genealogy is big business these days. Look at all the professional genealogists across the country who charge by-the-hour fees for research. Then there are subscription websites, like, where you can find huge databases of family history records.

If you aren’t looking to lay out large amounts of cash in order to research your family tree, there is plenty of data available for free. The only problem is that there is a significant learning curve, plus an overwhelming amount of information overload. All of that eats up a lot of the time and energy you could be using to start researching your family history.

This blog is about a simpler way, less expensive, less tedious, and more doable for a lot of us.

genealogy stories

Genealogy Stories
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I’ve been reading genealogy blogs last week or so and it was so interesting reading about everyone else’s adventures and discoveries, so I thought I would start one of my own.

I’m still fairly new to the world of genealogy, but I’m learning quickly, and I’m enjoying every minute of it! I’m hoping to meet some of you, and continue to explore my family’s history! However, I’m no stranger to the blog world. I love writing, and I thought what better way than to share a wonderful hobby and interest!!

merke smarcz

Merzke/Smarcz Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

This site is dedicated to sharing information and memories about the family of Henry and Maria Smarcz Merzke and their collateral relatives. Henry, Maria and their parents were all born in Stolp in the Pomeranian region of what was then Prussia. Henry and Maria knew each other in Stolp. Henry came to the United States in the early 1800s to escape fighting for Kaiser Bill. Maria joined him in 1888. They were married, settled in Rochester, New York and eventually had sixteen children. Thirteen of those children lived to marry and twelve of them had children. This is the story of those people, their ancestors, descendants and the families of the people they married.

I am one of Henry and Maria Merzke’s many grandchildren. They left this earth before I was born, but I grew up in their house, the house that most of their children considered home. I grew up with many of Maria’s things around me including her large collection of photos. I’ve always treasure her things and considered myself to be the keeper of those things. My father loved to visit his brothers and sisters. I loved being with my father and went with him on many of those visits. Even as a young child, I was interested in the family stories. I listened carefully and kept them alive in my mind knowing that one day I would find the time to share them with others.

mine yours and the other guys

Mine, Yours’, and the Other Guy’s Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is a sort of diary about my genealogy research relating to; Newport, New York; Napa, CA; my Irish Family and my other family lines; and Ireland. Check out the surnames as there are many indicated throughout the blog. I have a lot of information about the McLaughlin’s, Flanagan’s, and some about my Maxwell line. I am seeking more information about my Shaffrey’s, Gartland’s, and several other lines.

shakin the famiily tree

Shakin’ The Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a genealogy journal. Primary surnames researched include Ashmore, Balding, Burris, Callaway, Chapin, Darter, Duvall, Grooms, Harkey, Hayslip, Herrington, Hill, Holder, McBrayer, Meek, Parrish, Pettit, Shinn, Wharton, Williams.

the genealogy mad scientist

The Genealogy Mad Scientist
Blog type: Technology blogs

This blog will focus on issues related to genealogical technology standards, particularly the updating/replacement of the GEDCOM standard as being discussed at:

oneill march family history

The O’Neill – March Family History Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

My name is Martin. I’ve created this Blog with the sole intention that I share my Family History as I find it during my Research. I’ll try to keep it as regularly updated as possible and I’ll post about what is available out there to aid in everyone’s own research, which I hope will of use to you.

Although there may be many new Surnames that I encounter in my own Research. These are the ones I’ve discovered so far:

O’Neill, March, Nash, Machin, Wells, Parker, Wakelin, Martin, Bird, Gibson, Lewis, Slocomb, Stevenson, Towers, White

If you have any questions or comments on anything I post then please feel to ask me and post your comments.

under the family tree

Under the Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family tree, New England genealogy, Vermont genealogy blogs

This website is dedicated to my family; past, present, and future. For all they do and have done, to make my life possible. They continue to inspire and to give me strength as the events of my own life unfold.

walking in eternity

Walking In Eternity
Blog type: Genealogy industry blog, Individual family history

Hello all, I’m Chris Paton, a genealogist and writer residing in Ayrshire on the western Scottish coast. Some of you may know of me from the Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) blog at, where in the last three years I have been doing my best to provide free access to many stories involving events, developments and resources concerning or affecting those researching Scottish ancestors. That project continues, as does my research service at, where I merrily chase after the stories of the dead for the thrill of the living! I also write books and magazine articles, give talks, cook really hot chillis, raise two kids, obey my wife and fight with my family for control of the TV remote…

This new blog is basically an area where I can let my hair down and discuss unusual research finds, interesting developments, share the odd opinion or two (or three or four!), vent at the world, listen intently and in moments of creative blankness, stare intently at the screen and wait for my inner voices to torment me. In other word it’s a bitsa site – bitsa this and bitsa that. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with it, other than use it as an additional spot to occasionally blether on genealogical and other subjects from time to time.

Tom Baker once came out with a great quote in an old Doctor Who story from the Seventies: “I’m a Time Lord, I walk in eternity”. I often thought that would make a great credential for a genealogist really. So this is me, nabbing Tom Baker’s line but in a slightly less bohemian way, walking back into eternity and frequently into times gone by (and into the odd Victorian lamp post or brickwall), and occasionally popping by the modern world for a quick cuppa.

wells family genealogy

Wells Family Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, New England genealogy, Rhode Island genealogy

Hi, I’m Jennifer and I’ve been studying my family tree for over 20 years. My maternal side of the family comes out of Ashaway, RI near Westerly and just over the state line in Conn. They’ve lived in that same area for hundreds of years. My paternal side of the family are mostly immigrant stock from Germany and Ireland that have only been in the US for 150 years or so. I created this blog as a way to connect with other studying the same family members as myself. I’ve collected a vast amount of information on the family and would love to share it with others that share my passion. I’d love to hear from you if you are researching the same families as me!

Genealogy Research on the following Families: Wells, Stillman, Crandall, Maxson, Weber, Erbig, Randall, Hubbard, Geoghan, Kranz, Rogers, Burdick, Green, Maxson and many more.

your clarendon park

Your Clarendon Park
Blog type: UK genealogy

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Amias of I’m a former museum curator and a local, family and house historian with 17 year’s experience. I run my own history research service, offering historical research of all kinds within the East Midlands. As well as working for clients, I am currently engaged in a fascinating personal project to record the many different businesses of Clarendon Park, Leicester from its beginnings in the late 1880s to the present day. The purpose of this blog is to share interesting snippets from that research as they unfold, along with photographs and documents from my personal collection of Clarendon Park ephemera. Please feel free to post any questions or share information about the history of this wonderful area.

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