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New Genealogy Blogs October 22, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 17 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:

200 Years In Paradise

200 Years in Paradise
Blog type: Caribbean genealogy, Individual family history

My mother was born and grew up in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, the “American Paradise”. As a child, and later as an adult, I visited St. Croix from time-to-time and have always felt a connection to the island. Whether it was the lure of a simpler island life, the siren call of clear blue water, or the knowledge that this was the land of my ancestors is hard to say. I just know that when I am there, I feel like a local.

My mother wasn’t the first of my family born there. Although she always knew that her father was born on the island, she never knew much about his parents; when they went to St. Croix and from where. Supposedly they were Danish. Finally, I decided to find out — thus began my study of genealogy and my St. Croix family history.

In researching my family tree I have learned a lot about my family, genealogy research, and the history of the Islands. I learned that my family’s residence on St. Croix goes further back than my great-grandparents. Much further. My great-great-great-great-great (that’s 5th great) grandfather lived on St Croix by 1774. When my grandmother died in 1986, my direct ancestors had lived there for over 200 years.

Through my research, I discovered that I descend from a branch of the van Beverhoudt family, a prominent Dutch planter and merchant family with members on all three of the islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. Van Beverhoudts have been on the islands since early colonial days, the earliest recorded was E. van Beverhoudt in St. Thomas in 1673, a year and a half after the island was settled (Svend E. Holsoe, “Virgin Islands Families”, van Beverhoudt, March 2011). I have no idea if we are related yet, but if so I will have to rename this blog!  There are a host of other surnames as well, like Conrad, Anderson, Scott, Robson, Moorhead, Pentheny, Colbeth, McNobney, Quickly, Dalton, and many others.  Some are ancestors, some cousins, some are in-laws.

A Step In Line

A Step In Line
Blog type: Genealogy education blog, Genealogy society blog

I will give you hints on how to fill out lineage application papers as well as share musings of a genealogical nature along the way.

I am currently a Trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society serving as Education Chair and Chair of Century Families of Ohio. I specialize in helping people with lineage applications and have served as Lineage Chair for county lineage societies in Ohio as well as Century Families of Ohio for the Ohio Genealogical Society. I am a proud member of First Families of Ohio, Settlers and Builders of Ohio and Century Families of Ohio. I am also a member of the lineage societies of Lorain and Medina Counties in Ohio. When I am not doing genealogy in some form, I like to read and do crafts. I am married (going on 51 years), have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

corn and cotton

Corn and Cotton Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m a church-going, homeschooling wife/mom who is obsessed w genealogy. I am currently studying for a certificate in American Records from NIGS.

My journey into family history started when I was looking for an activity to do with my cotton Granny. Little did I know that she was in the beginning stages of dementia. The project that started as a time killer grew into one that created memories that I would soon cherish. It saved names and places that we may have lost with her a few years later. Unfortunately, I didn’t do a very good job recording my sources! And, I made the biggest (and probably most common) newbie mistake…. if it’s on it must be correct! I’ve since become more and more enamored with genealogy and have decided that this is something that I want to dedicate more time towards. I’m nearly finished with my basic coursework towards a certificate in American Records through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I’m looking forward to becoming involved in local and state genealogical societies. I can’t wait for next year’s various conventions!

forgotten new england

Forgotten in New England
Blog type: New England genealogy

Growing up, history, to me, meant names I recognized through municipal landmarks, faces I had met on currency, places I had seen on maps.  All of this arrived through a weekday force-feeding called school – where I was surrounded by my 25 or so peers, all of whom were equally uninterested in the tattered pages of our hardcover textbooks.  That changed in sixth grade.  I created a family tree.  Mrs. Oldaker assigned the homework.  One boy in my class discovered a cousinship with Mrs. Oldaker through a Mayflower Pilgrim.  Others found, or more likely became aware of, equally interesting connections.  In my tree, I learned about ancestors named McNamara, Lannon, Hare, and even Machado, all of which the world, and even I, had seemed to have forgotten.  In the following years, I studied their photographs and learned their stories.  To better understand them, and their lives, I studied their eras, their neighborhoods, the personalities that fascinated them, the gripes that irritated them.  Most lived in New England.  Forgotten New England is history that recreates the world of our ancestors, as they lived it, with all the dirt, sweat, worries, fears, dreams, and fascinations that consumed them.

About the author: I’m  Ryan W. Owen, creator of  My main focus is New England history from the 1850′s forward, but I’ve also spent time researching Irish immigration to the Canadas (Upper and Lower), many eras of Irish history (with a particular focus on the Plantation of Ulster), and the fascinating story of the Portuguese people, including those in Madeira and the Azores.  In addition to Forgotten New England, I write a local history column, Forgotten Billerica, that appears twice monthly in The Billerica Minuteman.

I am currently working on a novel based in Victorian-era Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  If you would like to contact me, please post a comment to the blog, or write to me at rwowen11 at hotmail dot com.


Blog type: Individual family history

I’m a baby boomer.

I’m the youngest of 8 children produced by a proud graduate of the University Notre Dame (class of 1931) and a mother who never quite finished high school.

I grew up in an Irish, Catholic working class neighborhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the 1960s and 1970s where the Desmonds, McGuires, McGoffs and Cagneys all rooted for the green and white “Fighting Irish” of St. Augustine grade school and Msgrs. Hackett and O’Brien High Schools.

Like so many other boomers, I’ve been a witness to history: man on the moon, race riots, hippies, Viet Nam, civil unrest, and an assassination of a U.S. president. And that was just in the 1960s.

I’m a happily married mother of two college-educated daughters. I was incredibly blessed as a stay-at-home mom to be with them daily as I both guided them and watched them grow into the beautiful, successful, young women they are today.

I have a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Detroit-Mercy (Detroit, MI), and an AAS in Graphic Arts Technology from the College of DuPage, (Glen Ellyn, Illinois).

I’m an empty nester (sort of…)

I’m a substitute teacher in the local public schools for grades K-8. (Don’t tell anyone, but 4th and 5th graders are my favorites—they pay attention, follow the rules, are still respectful and enjoy my jokes.)

I’m a writer whose journalistic pursuits have included writing and editing for magazines; doing public and community relations for both profits and non-profits; and producing a weekly column (before there were blogs!) for my local community newspaper.

I’m a volunteer who has served on both the Parent Board of Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) and the Parent Advisory Committee of the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs (Western Springs, IL).

I’m a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program driving patients who need rides to their cancer treatments. (And no, it’s not depressing. My companions and I laugh a lot during those rides!)

My latest endeavors though, have been personal ones related to my family’s history, and that’s why I’ve started this genealogy blog:  To share what I’ve discovered—or just how I feel about what I’ve discovered—with family, friends and fellow genealogists.

So, I welcome you.

I hope you’ll drop by from time to time to join me on my Genea Journeys in the days ahead. And if my past discoveries are any indication of the potential that lies ahead, we’re in for quite an adventure!

genealogical research

Genealogical Research: A Hobby or An Obsession?
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Genealogical Research: A Hobby or an Obsession?, a blog about genealogy and family history research. My name is Dawn Watson, and I’ve been a genealogical researcher for over 25 years. My area of interest is the 19th century Southeastern United States, Rabun County, Georgia and Macon County, North Carolina in particular, although I have researched in other time periods and locales. I maintain several web sites affiliated with the USGenWeb Project, the American Local History Network, and the American History and Genealogy Project, as well as web sites housing my personal research. Over the past few years, I’ve taught several beginning genealogy classes, including a beginner’s research class at the local high school. I also worked for three years at the local library, where my duties included answering family history related questions and the expansion and reorganization of the genealogy and Georgia history section.

Most of my web sites can be accessed through either D&C Research Group or Dawn’s Records and Resources: GA, NC, SC and TN.

jackies obsessions

Jackie’s Obsession / My Sanity
Blog type: Individual family history

I plan to use this site to share my research and family photos as well as keep in touch with friends and family.  I also hope to connect with others researching the same surnames as I am.

moments in time

Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Thank you for visiting my blog!

This blog will be used to share information that I find about the families that I am researching. To see these family names click on the tab above. I have Facebook groups for several families and when a blog post pertains to a particular family, I will also post it there. Please feel free to contribute your stories or research and make comments, corrections, and ask questions.

If we have a common ancestor, or if you have questions or comments that you don’t want to post, please feel free to contact me.

I am always looking for new information and am willing to share my genealogical material with others; however, before you copy from my blog or web page, please ask and always cite me as the source.

records preservation and access committee

Records Preservation and Access Committee
Blog type: Genealogical society blog

A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.


Reeves, Reaves, and More Rives
Blog type: Surname blog

Do you have a Reeves, Reaves, Rives, Reavis, Revis, Reeve, or Rieves in your lineage? If you do, stay tuned. Look for posts about current research, DNA project updates, resources, mysteries, myth-busting, and more.

research national archives

Research at the National Archives & Beyond
Blog type: Genealogy podcast blog

Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond! This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy an opportunity to listen, learn and take action. You can join me every Thursday at 8 pm central time where I will have a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history. My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers. “Remember, your ancestors left footprints”.

save the photos

Save The Photos
Blog type: Photograph blog

This will be my documenting of finding old Antique, Vintage photo albums and Photographs. Then trying to find out who these people are within the pages. This all started after I worked for a Film Archive documenting 16mm film, whenever I came across old Home Movies my eyes would be glued to seeing into someone else’s life and world, and wondering what happened to these people on the film, how did their film end up out in the world away from family?

The core of what I have done in the past or my own site ultimately requires Research, Studying, Picking up clues and fine details, and spending hours scouring the internet linking one piece of info to put a name or a place to something. I get a total thrill out of doing it. My mother is a family history researcher whose passion is uncovering the past, so she is often my assistant behind the scenes also finding info for me. I didnt get into Old Photo Albums until the end of 2010. I was in the Phoenix, Az area at an antique store and there I found my FIRST photo album and what started my new hobby.

Blog type: Individual family history

Family history for surnames Sweeny, Taylor, Bouchelle, Drummond, Blizzard, Simmons, Hillesheim and more…

the broersma ancestry

The Broersma’s Ancestry
Blog type: Individual family history

The Broersma family history blog.

the genebrarian

The GeneaBrarian Reference Desk
Blog type: Genealogy education blog, Genealogy library blog

A native of California and now living in Texas, the Geneabrarian has been active in family history research for over ten years. With experience in libraries, archives, and museums, the Geneabrarian thrives on the challenges of navigating information and helping researchers learn about their personal history. When not at the reference desk, the Geneabrarian can be found at the beach with her surfboard!

tillies tales

Tillie’s Tales
Blog type: Diary blog, Illinois genealogy, Individual family history, Midwest genealogy

Bertille “Tillie” Anne Brand Klein was born on November 5th, 1914 in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois.  After graduating from 8th grade, she stopped going to school since she was needed more at home.  She started these journals or “news books” as she called them, as way to continue her education on her own.  She recorded daily events from January 1, 1930 until December 31, 1939.  In 1940, she married William Klein and went on to have one daughter, Janice.  She passed away in 1997 and is dearly missed.  This is a small part of her legacy.

She would find it incredibly funny and silly that her books are on the computer for others to read.

tombstone travels

Tombstone Travels
Blog type: Cemetery blog

What began as part of genealogical research has become an appreciation for the art that is an aged tombstone and the quiet beauty of a cemetery.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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