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New Genealogy Blogs September 17, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 25 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 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:

a latvian canadian story

A Latvian Canadian Story
Blog type: French-Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, Italian genealogy, Latvian genealogy, Ukrainian genealogy

I am writing about my quest to discover my family tree’s roots. They lie in Latvia, French Canada, Italy and Ukraine.

accessible archives

Accessible Archives Blog
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, Research

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only in microformat. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy.  Our online full-text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate this information in ways never before possible.

This approach has been highly acclaimed and Accessible Archives’ titles are now in use by universities, historical societies, primary/middle/secondary schools, individuals and research libraries throughout the world. Titles will continue to be added, covering important topics and time periods for scholars, professors, students, genealogists and historical societies. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities Corporation© as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Product Description: Developed by dedicated instructors and students of American history, Accessible Archives’ databases contain the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment.

These databases are encyclopedic in scope and allow full Boolean, group name, string and truncated searches. Transcribed individual entries are complete with full bibliographic citations and are organized chronologically.

No other medium can so immerse the user in the experience of a moment in time, or provide the opportunity for new insights into the course of American history. The horizons for research and interpretation are limited only by the universe of the database and the reader’s imagination.

bobs genealogy quest

Bob’s Genealogy Quest
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Bob’s Genealogy Quest  – a place where I share my search for the stories of those whose threads weave the fabric of our lives.

Like so many, I wish I had had the knowledge and insights to ask the questions while my grandmothers were alive.   Now with the help of so many others, as we discover more parts of their stories, I appreciate and respect so deeply the hard work, the courage and sacrifices that have contributed to our families today.

On these pages I plan to share some of these stories, blog about my searches, and reflect on my search for how to most effectively build out this site.

british genes

British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS)
Blog type: British genealogy, Genealogy industry, UK genealogy

The top stories and events from Chris Paton concerning British Isles ancestral research. Feel free to quote from this blog, but please credit British GENES if you do so, and with a link. Should you wish to get in touch, please do so at christopherpaton @ Happy hunting!

days of our lives

Days of Our Lives
Blog type: Individual family history

With this blog, I hope to offer information that is helpful not only to my own family, but to others as well.  I hope to pass along specific information about specific people- both related to me and unrelated to me- that I have come across in my 23 years of personal family history research.  I also hope to impart some research techniques that I have used successfully.

found at an auction

Found At an Auction
Blog type: Photography blog

I have always enjoyed old photos. When I find them I wonder who these people where and what was their story. I came upon a box of old photos from an auction and wanted to start this photo blog and perhaps find their families that did not know they were missing . . .

founding americans

Founding Americans
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a native Californian, wife, and mother of four children. I have had an interest in genealogy ever since I can remember. As a form of the game show, “Concentration”, my maternal grandmother used to quiz me on her oral family history. That became the starting point of my research for my mom’s family. As for my dad, I was so excited when they returned from a trip to Tennessee with the Family Bible transcribed for me. I still have those pieces of scratch paper to this day.

gumbo genealogy

Gumbo Genealogy
Blog type: Acadian genealogy, Individual family history, Louisiana genealogy

Who were these people? Where did they come from? Why did they come? How did they get here? And then what happened? For over thirty-five years, I’ve been learning how my ancestors happened to leave descendants in Louisiana.

Hi, I’m Tom and welcome to Gumbo Genealogy. Why Gumbo? Because that’s what the culture of Louisiana is — an amazing concoction of traditions, stories and languages from many sources.

Although I am a direct Acadian descendant, I also have Welsh, French, Spanish and German forebears. And my family has ancestry from England, Ireland, Scotland, Alsace, Sicily and Sweden. Each of my forebear groups arrived during a different historical period, and had a different social and economic background and perspective. Most were of the peasantry or working class, without much formal education, and with a wide variety of skills and life experiences.

Their stories have combined to produce me, a single leaf on a big tree. It’s why I keep trying to discover more of their stories. It’s why I am, like you, a genealogist.


Blog type: Individual family history, Iowa genealogy, Midwest genealogy

Well, I’m jumping into the world of blogging.  After attending a terrific workshop at the Omaha Public Library by Susan Petersen (, I’ve decided to give it a whirl.  We shall see how it goes.  I hope to post about my genealogy research and my love of stitching, reading, and family.

I’ve just returned from ten days of research in Salt Lake City and have a mound of data to enter into my database.  This year I spent the majority of my days verifying information gleaned from various undocumented sources found on the internet over the past couple of years.

Genealogy has changed so much in the 25 years that I’ve been digging.  No more cranking through census films by the hour.  Now everything is indexed on the internet and it’s just a quick click of a mouse and it’s all there in front of you.  You don’t even have to leave the house or plug the parking meeting.  Heck, I do most of my searching in my jammies with a cup of coffee at 5:30 in the morning.

I’m hoping this little journey into blogging with be successful.  Susan assured us that it would be easy-peasy.  We shall see.

my family orchard

My Family Orchard
Blog type: Individual family history

From Southeastern Wisconsin, I am researching the SCHWEDLER, NOBLE, OTT and POFAHL families.

From Central Kentucky, I am researching the LEE, FARRIS and WILSON families on my wife’s side of the family.  There is another surname in there somewhere.  One day I will find it and report on it.

I will try to keep you updated on my latest findings, brick walls, mistakes, etc.  Like all family trees, we have an abundance of fruits and nuts in this orchard, so give me a little time to get use to this blogging thing.  Please feel free to comment at any time.  I have been doing genealogy for about 15 years and have had a lot of help along the way.  Sometimes, like all other family historians, I just get plain lucky.

my mt lookout memories

My Mt. Lookout Heritage
Blog type: Individual family history, West Virginia genealogy

I hope this blog will allow me to share information that my brother Ronnie collected over the years. He spent countless hours putting this together and I didn’t want this information to die with him. I am only scratching the surface of what he had and it will be sometime before I have it all published. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.

my memories blog

My Memories Blog
Blog type: Crafts blog, Genealogy vendor blog

My Memories Suite is the #1 rated scrapbook software. Not only is it affordable and fun, it’s also extremely easy. Whether you’re new to digital scrapbooking or a seasoned pro, My Memories Suite is the perfect digital scrapbooking software to use.

my mothers family

My Mother’s Family
Blog type: Individual family history

The journey to discovering my mother’s family history. Includes names of Bye, Heinz, Jackson, Lochner, Sawyer, Schmitt, Whittemore, Kempton, and many patronymics from Norway.

I have heard so much about how blogging is a great tool in your family history research so I’ve decided to start one. This one is focused on my mother’s side of the family. I thought it might be too limiting to only include one surname but would get too big/confusing if I did both parents’ in one blog so I will start with her and, if it works out, I will begin a new one for my father’s family.

To begin with, my mother’s father came from German stock and her mother was the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant and a long line of New Englanders. That strange mixture alone will probably make this a little complicated, but I will do my best.

Stay tuned for more. And please feel free to leave comments.

orangeburgh plats

Orangeburgh District (SC) Plats Blog
Blog type: Geographic genealogy blogs, Research, South Carolina genealogy blogs

Margaret has been doing genealogical research since 1991. In 1999 she began focusing on collecting survey plats for land in Orangeburgh District and trying to map the locations of each plat. Initially she wanted to determine where her many Orangeburgh District ancestors’ properties were located but quickly realized that it would be necessary to study an entire neighborhood to be able to map most of the plats.

Orangeburgh District courthouse records such as deeds, wills, and court records were lost during the Civil War. This makes it especially challenging to track changes in land ownership prior to 1866. Margaret’s goal is to assemble and recreate, when possible, as many of those missing records as she can.

Margaret has been a professional genealogist since 2005. She works towards the highest standards of the profession as set forth in the Genealogical Proof Standards. Margaret belongs to several genealogical and historical organizations. She has taken advantage of ongoing educational opportunities such as the National Genealogical Society’s annual conferences and The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University.

Margaret has published three books and has additional ones planned. She writes frequent articles for the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter and has had several articles presented in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research. Multiple authors have had her produce maps for their articles and publications.

For more information about the details of Margaret’s work see My Research. If you are interested in finding out how Margaret can help you with your Orangeburgh District research, please contact her.

our families untold stories

Our Families and Their Untold Stories
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi, my name is Susie Reynolds and I live in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.

I’m NOT a genealogist. I’m just a girl that likes to drive her family mad by working on the family tree so that I might leave my children and heirs with the knowledge of who they came from, and how it is that we got to where we are now.

Many years ago, as my maternal grandmother was getting ready to go in an assisted living center, I was helping her go through her belongings and sort out what she was going to take with her and what she wanted and didn’t want anymore. To my horror, in her throw away stack, were all of her photo albums, my great grandmother’s bible, and all sorts of memorabilia from her life. I promptly grabbed them up and asked if I could keep them, and she said “Well sure, but I don’t know what you want with my memories.” Well, at that time, I didn’t either. So into the back of my closet they went.

Then, in 2007 when she passed away, one of my father’s cousins came to her funeral. This was the first time I had ever seen her. She came up and hugged my Dad’s neck after the funeral and began to talk to him. Pointing to the road behind the cemetery, she said to my father, “Do you remember the time your mother was taking all us cousins to school and right there on that road, the truck in front of us started losing the barrels off the back and your mother dodged every one of them and just kept on going?” What?! My Memaw, dodged barrels!! My Dad had cousins?!  My Memaw drove them all to school?!  I was so intrigued! I mean, I knew in the back of my mind my Dad had cousins, but I didn’t know them; even though I had met some of them once. Growing up, we lived two hours from my mother and father’s hometown of Texarkana, Arkansas and we only went back occasionally to visit my Memaw and Aunt.

All fired up, I promptly went home and dug those pictures out, determined that piece by piece I was going to know my family, one way or another.  And so, right then and there, my journey started, one day to late to speak with my grandmother about her family, which is my biggest regret.   All is not lost though.  Now I go back to my parent’s hometown often. I have gotten to know all of my Dad’s cousins and some of my Mother’s family.  There have been so many discoveries, some good and some bad, some happy and some sad, but the biggest treasure of it all is that I have gotten to know so many great family members, and I can’t wait to find the next one.

Each day I learn something new and it is both a privilege and a pleasure to share it with others. It is not my goal to become the best blog, to try and get the most “ping backs” (whatever they are!), or links back to my site, although it would be nice.      My goal is simply to share this experience with others, and try to learn from the REAL genealogists out there.

That being said, there are going to be errors in my reports and mistakes made on this site because when I first started this, it was simply to find out who my ancestors were, and find any other cousins out there that I was missing out on.  Now, it has become so much more, and other cousins have contributed so much information to me I can hardly keep up.  So, when you find a mistake, please bear with me, and kindly inform me so that I can make the correction right away.

As for me,  I will be here, hogging the computer (sorry honey!) and diligently working away on telling you about my ancestors and their untold stories.

past is prologue

Past is Prologue
Blog type: Individual family history

Before my son was born I had the idea to make a family tree for his nursery.  My intention at the time was to gather the necessary names, add some mat board and a nice frame, hang it on a nail and be on my merry way.  I got online, clicked a few times and ended up on – I haven’t been able to tear myself away since.  Hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours later I find myself with nearly 10,000 branches on my family tree, looking to share the stories I’ve found.

I’m not the first genealogy enthusiast or storyteller in my family; my great-grandmother laid much of the groundwork for me.  Her stories of our ancestors and other pioneers in her community have inspired me to look beyond the facts.  Consider this blog a collection of biographies and stories that are too important to be lost to history.

pat spears ancestor detector

Pat Spears: Ancestor Detector
Blog type: Individual family history

I started this blog to have conversations with fellow genealogists. The purpose of this blog is to share stories, successes, techniques, resources, and to give and receive help.

My first ten years were spent in Chicago, IL and the next ten in Tucson, Arizona. In 1967, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in secondary education. I taught English in San Francisco public schools for twenty four years. Then I re-invented myself as a grants manager and held a variety of positions in local and state governmental agencies, colleges and universities in California and North Carolina. Now I am retired and doing genealogy full time.

rooted in scotland

Rooted in Scotland
Blog type: Individual family history, Scottish genealogy, UK genealogy

Sharing genealogy research on my ancestors who were “rooted in Scotland.”

rosanas genealogical thoughts

Rosanna’s Genealogical Thoughts
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been researching my family tree for over fifteen years.  I love the stories of my ancestors and I love finding connections and solving mysteries and finding pieces to puzzles.  I am currently working on a book about my father’s maternal family, the Tracy family – Nebraska Pioneers.  You can find my tree on – Ward, Day, Gotcher, McConaughy tree.

scrapbooking your family tree

Scrapbooking Your Family Tree
Blog type: Crafts blog, Individual family history

Grandma and Grandpa Live On As Long As We Write Their Life Stories!

Add some FLARE to your Genealogy Research by using Scrapbooking Techniques to preserve your heritage in STYLE.

Along with being interested in family history, I am also obsessed with scrapbooking, so I have decided to combine scrapbooking and family history research into one project.

I have inherited so many pictures from my ancestors and I have no idea who some of them are or anything about them.  Some photos may have a name and a date or possibly a location scribbled on the back but most have nothing written down.

I hope to inspire others to take a few minutes of time and write your family stories down.  If you are interested, then I will bet you a dollar that someone else in your family will be interested too and so VERY grateful that you have helped them when they begin their family history research.

the catholic gene

The Catholic Gene
Blog type: Individual family history

The Catholic Gene was founded by a diverse group of friends who share two common things: a love for both genealogical research and the Roman Catholic faith.  Most of the authors were “born Catholic” and  some came to the faith later in life.  Some aren’t actually Catholic but appreciate the faith as much as the rest of us.  We hope that this blog will provide readers with useful information about the Catholic faith and genealogy.

The Catholic Gene’s mission is to present various aspects of the faith of our fathers…and mothers.  But we’re genealogists at heart, so we’ll present the faith as seen through the eyes of a family historian.  Whether it’s details about ecclesiastical archives, profiles of religious, our ancestors’ churches, vintage photographs, personal reflections, or lives of the saints in genealogical records, The Catholic Gene will offer something for everyone interested in researching their Roman Catholic family or learning more about all things related to the Church.

the socalgenie

The SoCalGenie
Blog type: California genealogy

I am a first-generation Californian. Except for a few years in Alaska as a child, I have lived and worked here all my life. It is home. But my ancestors came from places like Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, and from France, Germany, England, and Wales.

On this blog, I plan to share information for those who:

  • live in Southern California and are researching ancestors who, like mine, lived somewhere else.
  • live someplace else and are researching family who lived in Southern California.

Defining the boundaries of Southern California can be controversial – everyone has their own ideas about what areas should be included! I have chosen to include the ten counties shown on the map on the right sidebar: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo (not listed in any particular order).

Posts will feature repositories, special collections, museums, libraries, and archives. I’ll post about events, both current and historical, and how they may add to our knowledge of our ancestors’ lives. There will likely be a few posts about California history.

toledos kuschwantz

Toledo’s Kuschwantz
Blog type: Individual family history, Ohio genealogy, Polish genealogy

My name is Donna Mierzejewski McManus. My mother is Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski. My father was Edward Mierzejewski.

I’ve been working to research my family’s history. The specific family names I am researching are: Mierzejewski, Plenzler, Przybylski, and Dauer.

The Mierzejewski family emigrated from the Prussian partition of Poland (Warsaw region, Troszyn region) to the US in the early 1900s through 1920, scattering themselves primarily into Masschusetts west into Pennsylvania and then into northwest Ohio. The Plenzlers and Przybylskis emigrated to the US in the 1880s from Poznan, settling primarily in the Toledo, Ohio region. I do not know of any Dauers that emigrated to the US yet. My maternal great-grandmother is Eva Dauer. I have clues that perhaps some of her mother’s family (Aumiller) may have settled into northwest Ohio; however, I have not yet investigated that in detail.

I’ve received a large packet of wonderful documents and information from Garret Mierzejewski in late May. I am currently reviewing this information and will be incorporating more Mierzejewski data over this summer. Garret is a Mierzejewski expert and I am very grateful to him for the information and details he has provided.

We all lived, worked, played, worshipped in an area called Kuschwantz in Toledo. My family all came from Poland–mom’s came from Poznan and dad’s came from Tomacze northeast of Warsaw which was in the Russian partition. My mom’s family came here first, then my father’s — but their families each remained in the Kuschwantz region for many, many years. My mother left the area in the early 1990s, several years after my father passed away. When she left, a tie to our history and family was severed.

Toledo had two large Polish communities: Lagrinka (the north side of the city, bounded in general by Lagrange Street and Manhattan Boulevard) and the Kuschwantz (roughly bounded by Nebraska Avenue, Dorr Street, and Junction Avenue). Lagrinka developed a bit ahead of Kuschwantz; however, a large wave of Poles from the Prussian partition of Poland started to migrate into the city in large waves near the end of the 1870s. Because of their Germanic influence (remember, Poland was not recognized as an independent nation until 1918 and was comprised of three partitions prior to World War I–Prussian, Austrian, and Russian), these migrants settled near Lenk’s Hill. Lenk’s Hill was mainly a Germanic neighborhood, and as it became more heavily populated with those who identified themselves as of Polish extraction, it became known as “Kuschwantz,” which means cow’s tail, because it generally followed the path of a railroad line.

The Kuschwantz area was heavily settled with Catholic Poles who quickly established parishes in the region, beginning with St. Anthony’s, then St. Stanislaus, and then Nativity and St. Hyacinth’s.

traveling through the generations

Traveling Through the Generations
Blog type: Individual family history

Surnames in the Chandler line are; Jensen, Lempke, Hanks, Philpott, Mathis, Miller, Snow, Rikard, and Brown.

Surnames in the Wymer line are; Mingle, Emmons, Booth, Hart, Freed, and Stout.

My family tree is at

When you click on ‘Family Tree’ you will be taken an alphabetical list. Click on the first letter of the name you want to see; for instance ‘E’. You will then be taken to a list of all the surnames beginning with ‘E.’ Select the surname you want and click. The next list will give you all the first names in the  group you would like.

uncontained multitudes

Uncontained Multitudes
Blog type: Individual family history

In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote that he contained multitudes. Researching my family history makes me feel the same way. These genealogical musings are a tribute to those who came before me, the leaves–not of grass–but of my family tree.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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