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New Genealogy Blogs October 24, 2009

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

This week we offer 20 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs and we now list 696 in our blog 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:

african ancestry

African Ancestry type: African-American genealogy, DNA genealogy, Genealogy vendor

I’m happy to have the opportunity to share another perspective of the African Ancestry Experience with you. I hope that this new blog will serve as a way to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we think and what we do at African Ancestry. You can come here for information about the events we participate in, testimonials from African Ancestry family members in real-time, news announcements, information from our partners, to meet the people who keep this engine running, and even to hear from Dr. Kittles about technological advances in genetics.

I have lived and breathed this African Ancestry Experience every day for the past six years. I look forward to sharing more of it with more of you through this blog. Thanks for checking in and please come back and visit from time to time!

ancestors of cley

Ancestors of Cley type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

This site is about our research into the Dew & Jary families who lived on the north coast of Norfolk, England, from the 1600s through the 1800s.

The original focus of our research was Jacob Jary Dew, born in Blakeney in 1864. As we discovered who his parents were (Thomas Dew of Blakeney and Jemima Jary of Cley-next-the-Sea), the research began branching outward, backward, and forward.

While most of the posts will focus on the Jary and Dew families, we will also be posting about other families who lived in the communities around Stiffkey, Blakeney, and Cley-next-the-Sea. We are fascinated by the complex inter-relationships between so many of the families in this area throughout the generations.

We are also confused by the propensity of some of these families to give the same names to children, generation after generation.

Because of this fascination and confusion, sorting through and making sense of all the data we have gathered has become almost impossible. We haven’t been able to find a database that would let us cross-reference items to the extent we feel is necessary in order to make reasonable conclusions in some cases.

So we decided to do this website / blog, in the hope it will help us make more sense of some of the data we have gathered. We’re also hoping it can help us become more disciplined in the upkeep of our family file, especially with regard to the consolidation and organisation of source references entered over the years in various programs. (For those interested, we started out with FamilyTreeMaker, then moved to The Master Genealogist. A move to Macs led us to GEDitCOM, and finally to iFamily for Leopard. We highly recommend iFamily as a genealogy program for Mac users, especially now that the ability to note associated persons has been added.)

banjos and baby dolls

Banjos and Baby Dolls
Blog type: Georgia genealogy, Individual family history

When I started my first genealogy blog “My Papa’s Book,” I never imagined how much I would enjoy writing and how many other researchers would contact me about my research. I’ve noticed it gets a little confusing for my family to have both sides of my family combined in one big blog- so I will keep “My Papa’s Book” for my mother’s Chandler line. I have started a new blog for the Ellenburg side of the family.

What should I call the blog about my father’s side of the family? I tried to call it “with all my heart” because that’s what my grandmother would say to me every time she told me she loved me but that name was already taken. I thought about my favorite memories of my grandparents and had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few. The same words kept popping in my mind as possible names.

The first word was “banjo” because I can’t see a banjo today without thinking of Grandpapa. I’m sure he never had any idea that the times he played his banjo for me would make such an impression.

When I think of my grandmother I always remember the quilts she made for me and my sisters and later for my daughter. I still can taste her perfect biscuits and continue to try to make them myself- they are close but still not as good as her biscuits. One of my favorite memories of Grandmimi was when my sisters and I went to spend a few days with her and she taught us how to make baby dolls. We stayed up so late making those three babies and I cherish both the doll and the memories. Hence the name “Banjos and Baby Dolls.” I think it’s time to teach my baby girl how to sew her own baby doll.

celctic and cannoli

Celtic and Cannoli
Blog type: Individual family history

An Irish & Italian marriage, one great family; and it’s demise in this America.

cemetery scribes

Cemetery Scribes Blog
Blog type: Cemetery blogs

Stories and items we come across while recording tombstones in Jewish cemeteries throughout the UK for and

crafts and genealogy

Crafts and Genealogy
Blog type: Crafts

Showing crafts that I am interest in with a little genealogy which is about my family.

I am Married to a wonderful Guy called Greg, we live in a nice bungalow where I enjoy Knitting & Quilting also find out about my family history I like to see if there are any skeletons in the cupboard to rattle I have 3 grown up children & 6 grandchildren.

free genealogy tools

Free Genealogy Tools
Blog type: Research, Technology

Looking for your ancestors? Here are the best *free* family history tools that the web has to offer. Search US and international records, at no cost.


Blog type: Genealogy vendor

Welcome to GeneaBlogs, the genealogy blogging community for the discriminating genealogist and researcher. GeneaBlogs is powered by our parent company, Shared Ancestors. GeneaBlogs offers you, the genealogist, a free blog to post your genealogy news, your exciting genealogy discoveries, hints and tricks, or to keep family, friends, and colleagues up to date. Your GeneaBlog will be yours so sign up today and start blogging!

genealogy friends

Genealogy Friends
Blog type:  Libraries and archives

Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc., is a non-profit organization formed to benefit all local family history researchers and to act as the liaison between the library and the genealogy patrons of Plano and surrounding communities.

Links to our home page, events and activities, Collin County history and pictures of early settlers; how-to research for genealogists.

how to search for

How To Search For Your Family History
Blog type: Genealogy education

Hi, my name is Pat Shaw and I have been researching my family history since 1993 taking over from my mother who had started the ball rolling. She probably had been delving into her side of the family for 5 years prior and that was when there were alot fewer resources available. My aim is to provide a website here for the budding family historian who will have the ability to start tracing the lines and know where to go to find information. I will also be providing handy tips in different areas of research. Good luck with your research!

jackson county in

Jackson County History Center, Indiana
Blog type: Genealogy society blog

For more than a year representatives of the historical and genealogical societies of Jackson County, Indiana, have met in pursuit of merging the two organizations. The merger received overwhelming support from members of both organizations who voted on the proposal in April.

Bylaws now are being completed for filing, and policies and other business details are being worked out.

The groups have cooperated on several projects, including booths at the Lawn, Garden and Patio show in Seymour and the Jacskon County Fair at Brownstown. Preparation of the history center campus for MelonFest the second weekend in September now is underway and more changes are in the works.

Both organizations will continue separate meetings as they work toward their first meeting as the Jackson county History Center in October of this year. Elections and such as well as the annual historical tour are planned then. Watch for announcements!

john brown kin

John Brown Kin
Blog type: Individual family history

I was 16 when I found out I was related to John Brown. I know that that sounds weird, but the relationship was not something that my family spoke about. The stigma, shame and no talk rule had been passed down from Annie Brown Adams through 3 generations. Even today it is hard to find a member in our line of the family that will talk about John Brown.

I am a great great great granddaughter of John Brown, the abolitionist of Harpers Ferry fame. My blog is where I update my travels, my research, my findings and other interesting information about John Brown.

koens corner

Koen’s Korner type:  Individual family history

Koen family genealogy as well as Landers, Maze, Schoenfeld, Jantsch, Olson, Ekey and Allen.

maine genealogical society

Maine Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical societies, Maine genealogy

Maine Genealogical Society is a non-profit charitable and educational organization. It was founded in 1976 to collect, exchange, preserve and publish genealogical records, related documents, and information; and to promote and encourage interest and scholarship in genealogy and family history of the state of Maine.

not another family history

Not Another Family History
Blog type:  Individual family history

Hi, My name is Carly Blundell and I have been researching my family history for about 4 years on and off. I can currently trace my Pedigree to the seventh generation, which I think is pretty good going! I also Transcribe for through there world archives project.

The inspiration for this blog lies in a recent family funeral. I had passed along a copy of the family sheet for that individual, and it proved a useful tool when putting together the content of the service.

Through this blog I hope to share all my discoveries and pass on tips and tricks I’ve picked up along my journey.

phil-ling my roots

Phil-ing My Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a Stephenson. I come from a very long line of Stephensons. History is one of my loves, and now the history of my own family tree and grass roots is my obsession.

After my retirement a few years ago, I quickly found myself interested in pursuing this venture while enjoying my coffee and newspaper (and laptop computer). With the right URLs, the right databases, etc., you can do it too. Not only has this brought me a lot of pleasure, it has also been something wonderful to share with my family — and even my Dad. For his birthday he received a new laptop computer in hopes he would get into this searching mode with me. Sharing your family roots with each other is a very rewarding pastime for everyone.

While following my family roots on this blog, I will be sharing with you some wonderful information to help you also locate your roots. Are you ready? Well then, let’s start our historical journey and watch the roots start growing faster along the way. Plan on having a fun time because you will!

Oh, by the way, did I mention I was a history major in college. Yes, I love history. So look to see some history thrown in here as well — whether it be American history, European history, or just plain the history of Memphis where I live.

rons gen

Ron’s Gen
Blog type: Individual family history

Blogging seems to go hand-in-hand with genealogy, and this web page has been created to allow me to share my family history with you–so you can learn, discover and use my research for your own purposes; or if you happen to be an extended family member–to enjoy family stories and histories as much as I do.

Genealogy is an enjoyable hobby, and one that keeps your mind active as we age. If you enjoy reading history, I can guarantee that you will enjoy dabbling in genealogy. Learning about life 100, 200 or 1,000 years ago is something we all seem to wonder about; and when it involves your own ancestors it becomes almost surreal.

Family mysteries seem to abound everywhere, and when you ‘crack’ a cold one (family mystery, that is), you enter a high that drives you to the next one. Far too many nights are spent at the computer till the wee hours of the night–knowing that an illusive cousin may be just behind the next click. And when he is, what a feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment you have. It’s incredible!

searching for the lost colony

Searching for the Lost Colony DNA Blog
Blog type: DNA genealogy, Virginia genealogy

The Lost Colonists of Roanoke were left on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina in 1587 in order to establish the first colony in America. A vessel was sent back to England with Governor John White to obtain supplies and was subsequently unable to return until 1590.

Upon the return of the supply ship, the colony was gone, not destroyed, but removed. The only clue was the name Croatan carved into a tree. John White, whose daughter, son-in-law and grandchild were among the colonists began a lifelong quest to find the colonists. Some historians say they perished, but clues and rumors persisted for decades that they did not, that they either were captured by or assimilated into the local native population.

We hope to discover whether the colonists perished or survived as part of the indigenous culture. All individuals are welcome to join whose maternal or paternal lines include our names of interest, or include an oral history of Native American ancestry or, obviously, Lost Colonists.

society of genealogists

Society of Genealogists
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, UK genealogy

Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London.

The Society’s collections are particularly valuable for research before the start of civil registration of births marriages and deaths in 1837 but there is plenty for the beginner too, including the Free Family HIstory Access area where beginners can get a taste of some of the online sources that will help them start their research.

the davis williams tree

The Davis/Williams Family Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my new blog, dedicated to my family tree research. I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated on my progress (as well as trying to keep things straight in my head!) I hope you check back often.

topeka gen soc update

Topeka Genealogical Society Update
Blog type: Genealogy society blogs

Welcome to Topeka Genealogical Society’s new blog! We’ll use this forum to keep you up to date with all the latest news on upcoming genealogical events and new resources of interest to genealogists and family historians. Check back often, as we know you won’t want to miss anything!

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