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New Genealogy Blogs September 18, 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 12 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,291 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:

AOC Lost Dynasty

AOC Lost Dynasty Blog
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

For over thirty years I was inspired about my grandfather’s story and fought passionately to preserve his rightful legacy. My sister, the first grandchild of Alpha Omega Campbell, Gale McLoud Wiggins joined me in this quest. This book has compiled stores as well as the memories of former patients and employees and neighbors who served as the underpinning of this book. We are grateful that Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell’s full measure of contributions have survived in their hearts and minds of those who beloved in him.

family history day CSA

Family History Day at the California State Archives
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy conference blog, Genealogy library blog

Yep, this year the sponsors of Family History Day at the California State Archives have gone techie! This Blog will be continually updated throughout the year to highlight the participating speakers, class topics and exhibitors. Other important information such as lunch location, parking and the Archives building will also be posted on the Blog.

You are encouraged to Subscribe to this Blog and receive update notifications directly to your inbox. Send an email to and enter “Subscribe” in the Subject Line and Message Body. You may Unsubscribe at the same email address with “Unsubscribe” entered in the Subject Line and Message Body. Your email address will only be used for Family History Day 2010 updates. The Blog authors also welcome your comments on blog posts or questions about Family History Day.

You are going to be so ready to plan your Family History Day on October 9, 2010!

Family History Research

Family History Research by Jody
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been researching my family history for eleven years. I consider myself lucky because most of my lines landed and lived in the same geographical area that I live in now- northeastern New Jersey. I am usually able to visit the gravesites of my ancestors and distant cousins, save for those who retired to California and Florida and are buried there.

I became interested in researching my family history during a Girl Scout trip to Rahway Cemetery in Rahway, Union County, New Jersey. I don’t remember which badge had such a requirement. I do remember seeing names on gravestones and wondering how I could ever find out if any of them were related to me. Then a caretaker showed us the grave of an unknown woman buried there after she was murdered- and nobody ever claimed her. I wondered if it was possible that today we could figure out who she was.

When I went to college, I was able to research on computers and manually view death notices and other articles on microfilm. The research was painfully slow, but that’s how things were done- and this was only a decade ago. My research took off when I attended law school in Newark, housed at 33 Washington Street close to the Newark Public Library. While the other students were reading textbooks and debating cases, I was next door on the third floor of the library in the New Jersey room, recording entries from the city directories and trying my luck with the soundex cards for the 1920 census. With the boom of resources now available on the internet, my research yields results daily from the convenience of my home.

garrison communications

Garrison Communications
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogy vendor

Brisbane’s home of the ScanPro 2000 microfilm and microfiche scanner. We are your local source of the best brands of genealogy and family history research software for PC/Mac. Garrison Communications: Taking the Mystery Out of YOUR Family History™

genealogy heroes

Genealogy Heroes
Blog type: Research blog

Greetings blogosphere and welcome to the launch of the Genealogy Heroes blog, the blog where heroes of research are recognized. Those who are not driven to do family history research do not often understand the value of it. “Why are you wasting your time with the past? Try living in the present,” they may say.

That is, until they start thinking. “Hey maybe you can find out what happened to Uncle Tony. He went to work one day way back in the 1920s and never came back. No one knows what happened to him.” From the simple curiosity of, “I’ve been told I’m part Cherokee, can you help me prove it?” to the heartbreaking, “My dad left when I was three years old. I’d really like to know my medical background, can you help me?”, the genealogist knows that answering these questions for someone will be life-changing.

So, have you done something heroic in the line of duty? Have you helped solve a mystery? Found a missing person? Helped someone meet new cousins? Finally discovered when your family emigrated from the old country? Helped a friend break down a brick wall? Please share your stories with me. Thank you!

genealogy tools

Genealogy Tools
Blog type: Genealogy industry is a blog (short for web log) website for genealogists and family historians. I provide video tutorials, tips, news, and reviews that help you accomplish your research goals more quickly. This site brings together two sites that I created to serve Mac and PC based genealogists separately. I’ve thought better of it and brought it all together in There are resources on and that haven’t been moved here, so you should check them out too.

On you will find:

  • a repository of useful news for genealogists and family historians. I create these articles to help you make exciting discoveries and to simplify and speed up your research.
  • a collection of instructional video screen recordings, called screencasts, showing you step-by-step, how to make the most of your computer for genealogy. There are controls at the bottom of the video that allow you to pause and play at will, so you can follow along on your PC or Mac. The videos play within the article; there are no files to download and no additional application will be launched. Simply click on the play button.

my genealogy family

My Genealogy Family
Blog type: Individual family history

I am from Cleveland, Ohio and have been working on my family genealogy for 15 years. I created this blog to share my genealogy discoveries and stories with the hope of finding additional family and growing my family tree.

my genealogy girl

My Genealogy Girl
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing this blog. I love genealogy – people say I light up when I talk about it. To me genealogy, like history, is best explained in this quote by David McCullough: “History is about human nature. It’s about trying to understand people. And cause and effect in life. And that’s why it is so everlastingly interesting.” So my purpose for this blog is…to share some stories and photographs from my family tree…to share the ups and downs of my research…to share things I’ve learned along the way . . . to share what I love and find so everlastingly interesting.

path to professional genealogy

Path to Professional Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

My name is A.C. Ivory. I am 22 years old and have been doing genealogy for about 4 years. I gained my love of genealogy while serving an LDS Mission in Calgary, Canada. I enjoy helping other learn how to do genealogy and teaching them about new technology available to help further the research.

I first got the inspiration to make this webpage when I started a genealogy class at the Salt Lake Community College. One of the classes talks about keeping a record of what you learn and how to apply it. I decided that what better way to share what I have learned and how to apply it in becoming a professional genealogist than to have a blog! So, for the next few years as I take different courses, attend conferences, communicate with other professionals, etc. I will use this a journal of what I have learned.

I hope in keeping this “journal” I will also be able to help others who are wanting to become professionals in genealogy as well. Of course I will not be posting the assignments or giving the classes verbatim, but I will give overviews of what it taught and share what I can do to become a better genealogist.


Stanczyk – Internet Muse
Blog type: Individual family history, Polish genealogy

This is a blog of random musings. My avatar is Stanczyk. Stanczyk is a jester, not a fool exactly, but more a sage — funny but worldly and concerned. Of course he is Polish.

I like to muse upon history, politics, genealogy (much about Polish genealogy), religion, science, art, University of Michigan and miscellanea. Perhaps one of my musings will inspire you (at least to comment). If that is the case, then I truly may be a Muse.  Welcome!

the mashburn collection

The Mashburn Collection
Blog type: Appalachian genealogy, Individual family history, North Carolina genealogy, Virginia genealogy

Our Mashburn Genealogy began in North Carolina and Virginia on the frontier between the two territories. The Rainsford Letter documents our first Mashburn ancestor in America. Read about it here. “This is an important document. In it we learn that Edward was actively moving between Virginia and North Carolina, that the area he was settling was between two Indian towns, that he was a schoolteacher, that he was of the established Church of England, and that education of the youth was of high importance to him.”

ATCO, Georgia, The Village is the story of a Southern Mill Village and the children Who Loved It. ATCO is my childhood home and where my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins lived, worked, and played. In 2005, the mill and the village were listed on the national register of historic places. Much of the original village still stands, but our mill that survived the Great Depression, the textile strike of 1934 and WWI and WWII, has fallen to today’s times and is being torn down. ATCO Kids are dedicated to preserving our families’ memories and histories in photos and documents and gaining a better understanding of ATCO’s past generations. and on Facebook: “Atco, Georgia, The Village”.

the traveling genealogist

The Traveling Genealogist
Blog type: Genealogy education, Research

This site is intended for those planning a trip to do genealogy research, those who have returned from a genealogy research trip with information to share, and anyone who enjoys genealogy, family and history. We all know there is never enough time to do all the research we’d like when traveling to a new place. We are sure solving a mystery is just around the corner. BEING PREPARED IS THE KEY! So, if this site’s information gives you a head start on where to look, that is the goal.

I’m hoping THE TRAVELING GENEALOGIST™! will be one in which many genealogy researchers, far and wide, will participate in and share their information and experiences with other genealogists: A sort of “Pay It Forward” opportunity. Photos: I think a good photo is worth a thousand words. Was our experience good or not so good experience? What would have been a better approach to our search? Were we able to search out and speak to the people who could provide us helpful information?

If you have been to a small out of the way place or even a big repository to do your research, please share. Photos, pertinent text and maybe a little of what you found that might be helpful. Just enough to give the next person a leg up in their research. Please check out

veilles photos

Vieilles Photos…/Accueil/Accueil.html
Blog type: French genealogy, Photography

Sous un prétexte familial, ce petit site est surtout l’occasion de sortir de leur boîte de vieilles photographies datant d’une époque où ces seules images étaient prises par des professionnels et la plupart du temps pour des événements (mariage, communion, photographies de classe,…). Elles nous montrent des visages de personnes pour beaucoup disparues depuis longtemps, nous évoquent des souvenirs, pas forcément des événements auxquels nous n’avons pas assistés, mais plutôt quelques séances de déballage de ces images ou des cadres immuables, immortalisant une époque un peu surannée, exposés aux murs des maisons. Et ça peut devenir un jeu que de reconnaître des visages ou reconnaître chez des inconnus des expressions familières…

Google translation: Under a pretext family, this small site is especially good opportunity to get their box of old photographs dating from a time when the only images were taken by professionals and most of the time for events (weddings, communions, photographs Class ,…). They show us the faces of people long gone for many, evoke memories, not necessarily events that we have not assisted, but some sessions unpacking of these images or frames immutable, immortalizing a period a little outdated exposed to the walls of houses. And it can become a game to recognize faces or recognize in unfamiliar colloquialisms …

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