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New Genealogy Blogs November 7, 2009

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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 Geneablog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are nine newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Our total is now 717 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”
– adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

Here are this week’s new listings:

ancestors live here

Ancestors Live Here
Blog type: Individual family history

Some of you may know me from my other blog “Lost Family Treasures”. I am also the ring manager for the “Blogging For Ancestors” blogring.

After being a part of the genealogy blogging community for 116 days now, I think I am ready to start blogging about my own genealogy and family history and experiences in researching and so forth.

Besides my own, I also research my children’s ancestors,(sounds better than saying x-husband’s), my husband’s, my in-law’s, and friends. So I may blog about their ancestors as well as my own.

ancestral journeys

Ancestral Journeys
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a genealogical researcher living in St. Paul, MN. Originally from the Chicago area, I have been researching my own family’s history for about 12 years now. I am a member a numerous genealogical organizations, including the Minnesota Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Ancestral Journeys is mainly about research and research methodology, using my own families to illustrate the research process.

bartow family

Bartow Family
Blog type: Individual family history

I need something to do this winter; I decided to check out my family tree.

I know nothing about my grandfather’s family and next to nothing about my grandmother’s family on my mother’s side. I decided to start with my grandfathers family, Erna S Bartow. My grandfather died when I was 10. I remember him playing solitare, making things in the shed and the Collie he had named Callie. I remember he had an orchard. He took me out to the orchard once and picked a pear off the tree and gave it to me to eat. I had never had a pear before. I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like the texture of it in my mouth. I still don’t like pears. Whenever I see a pear I think of my grandfather.

kickass genealogy

Kick-Ass Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Writing your family history

Katrina McQuarrie is a Gen Y genealogist who feels a number of important and cool family history topics aren’t adequately covered. If you want to make your family history awesome too, you can join my army.

I grew up with the genealogy bug. Both my parents, but especially my father, were always into genealogy. I remember nights spent at the Family History Centre with a roll of census microfilm and a list of names given to me by my parents when I was not more than 10 or 12. My task, of course, was to search for the names and call my parents over if I found anything. This hobby only grew when my father presented me with a 9 generation fan chart of my direct ancestors, which promptly replaced my treasured Backstreet Boys poster on the back of my door. As time progressed, of course, I gained a teenager’s keen awareness of group belonging. Pretty soon I noticed I was the only person at the conferences who didn’t have grey hair. The youngest person in the archives who wasn’t working there (and the archivists were still old enough to be my mother).

And lo, I thought unto myself, the situation did suck. A few years later, having majored in medieval history in university, I knew that people and places long gone were, in fact, Very Very Cool. The only problem was making other people understand that. Even other genealogists often made their hobby sound dry and tedious, and my revelation of a shared interest often resulted only in the inquiry of “so how far back have you gone?”

kindred footprints

Kindred Footprints
Blog type: Individual family history

My curiosity to learn more about my father’s family began a long time ago. My father had two sisters and for me, that was the extent of the entire family. Both of my grandparents had died before I was born. I also knew that at some point someone had come over from Ireland. One of my aunts told me that she thought it was a couple named Edward and Mary, whose children were John, Ed, Frank and Hugh. She said they came from County Cork and that Hugh might have moved to Chicago. So, I had 6 names and 2 locations scrawled on a piece of paper. I filed this away thinking I didn’t have enough information to go on.

Then about 4 years ago I was struck again with a desire to learn more about these “relative unknowns” that I had come from. I decided to re-ignite my search using the resources now so readily available on the internet. By this time my Father and both of his sisters had passed on so there was no one left to ask questions of. I pulled out my scrap of paper with the 6 names and got to work.

our ancestors

Our Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

A genealogy blog about several French-Canadian families in Massachusetts and other locations in the United States.

san diego gen soc

San Diego Genealogical Society
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy societies

From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings:

The San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) blog is at, written by Chris Christensen, the SDGS webmaster. As of today, there are 11 posts written by Chris and SDGS members – I really like the blogs written by the members about volunteers, and the SDGS trip to Salt Lake City.

Of course, the SDGS web site at is still active and has lots of information and links on it.

I urge San Diego area blog readers to add the SDGS blog to their blog readers and keep up to date onSDGS activities.

* The “other” San Diego area blog is the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog, sponsored by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.

sfbay gen calendar

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy societies

Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar. Stephen Danko, of Steve’s Genealogy Blog, started the calendar on his blog in January 2008. It was a one-man show and Steve generously kept it going for over a year. Unfortunately, his busy speaking schedule has limited his time and the May 2009 calendarwas the last month he published.

It really isn’t fair to ask one person to take on the task for all the genealogical societies in the Bay Area and I’ve been grappling with a solution for months. Today I had a potentially brilliant idea: why not create a team blog and let each society add their own events?

So, I’m putting the question out there in the blogosphere and addressing it to Bay Area genealogical societies. Do you have a member who is willing to learn to do a little team blogging in order to create a Bay Area Genealogy Calendar?

sands of time

Sands of Time
Blog type: Individual family history

I love my family!! Genealogy just seemed to be a natural extension of that love.

It started when I was just a “kid” and one of my great-aunts sent my Mom a copy of the family information she had put together. I was fascinated, but it was years and two children later before I really got the bug to find out more. It’s been a journey of fascination and frustration 🙂

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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