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New Genealogy Blogs September 24, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 15 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 rebel hand

A Rebel Hand
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history, Irish genealogy

About this blog: it’s where I talk about Nicholas Delaney, United Irishman, transported convict, Sydney roadbuilder, NSW farmer, publican and ancestor. And…

About the book my mother and I wrote about Nicholas’s life and our descent from him, A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798: From Ireland to Australia. Plus…

About extra topics and stories that won’t fit into our Nicholas Delaney website. As well as…

About me: I’m Frances, Nicholas’s great-great-great granddaughter and nervous novice blogger.

czech genealogy for beginners

Czech Genealogy for Beginners
Blog type: Czech genealogy, Genealogy education

The answer to this question is quite simple – there are many people from all around the world who have their root in Bohemia, Moravia and Austrian part of Silesia. Many people left the area of what is today know as the Czech Republic. They left mostly during the 19th century, but there were also people who decided to leave after the WWII.

Their destination was mostly America, more preciously United States. There are thousands of families with Czech roots who are trying to find out more about their ancestors. And as it is already possible to do the research online, I decided to start this blog to help those who want to search for their ancestors by themselves. I’ll not hide that I’m a professional genealogist – I’m very proud about this fact because it was job of my dreams since high school.

What can you expect from this blog? How to’s, guidance, help in orientation in Czech archives and much more.

I’d like to post here at least once a week and I hope I’ll be able to do that. First topics will be focused on common things – system of archives, links to them, basic division of registries, religion, handwriting, alphabet and much more.

I’ll be happy if you leave me a comment with ideas, questions or any other thoughts that come to your mind. Thanks!

family affair

Family Affair
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

This blog started to be a way to communicate to my family what part of the family history I am working on at the time.  This research is truly a labor of love, and I now want this site to be even more.  I want it to be a place where other African Americans that are researching their family’s history can come for guidance.  I am learning so much while working on this site and my family’s history and I want to share that with all that is interested in researching their own history.

I am sure that many of you have heard how it is so powerful knowing where you come from, what were the struggles of those that came before you, well it is absolutely true.  I am just learning how true that is. I am constantly amazed at how much I ?  I still don’t know, but I have come across people and we have such similar personalities, or their personality is similar to another person I already know in the family.

In many ways I am inclined to believe that it is in the DNA, because in some cases these people grew up in different parts of the country, so we can’t say that it is cultural.  I believe genetics dictate a great deal more about who we are and who we will become than we are willing to admit.  We don’t want to admit because when come across some of those not so desirable traits, we want to blame something else.  I have always found that comical.  We so easily dismiss those things we see in our children or other relatives as being something they must have gotten from the other side of their family.  “She is like her daddy’s side of the family.”

With this site I intend to explore this for my family, and hopefully the day will come where we can discuss and share in this research some of these things.

I am trying to expand this site in many ways and welcome and all questions and suggestions in doing so.  I have also added a donate but for those who would like to donate to this effort.  I intend to one day put all of this in book form, with photos and stories and family tree for each of the surnames here.

Thanks in advance for all of your support.

extreme ancestry

Extreme Ancestry
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

“There’s nothing that gets you barreling down a new path faster than a big, hairy, audacious New Year’s resolution!” What began as Karen Batchelor’s resolution in 1976 to celebrate the United States bicentennial has become a lifelong passion, no – obsession for genealogy.

Ever curious descendant and sometimes, unexpected skeleton in a family closet, Karen is a licensed attorney who now does social media and mobile marketing. In almost every other waking moment, she’s hot on the trail of ancestors long gone, but not forgotten if Karen has anything to do with it.

In the beginning, her goals were simple – find all of her great grandparents and share that family history as her then-infant son grew up. But by the next year, Karen’s simple genealogy research project took a surprising turn that led to her becoming the first African American member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Since then, family history continues to be an incredible experience for Karen with the discovery of each new ancestor, regardless of their race and background. Here on Extreme Ancestry, she shares the names, dates, places – and oh so much more about the strong men and women from generations past, whose survival through the good, bad and sometimes ugly of life makes it possible for Karen to be here writing this blog.

There are a lot of times when, like all genealogists, Karen hits one of those brick walls where she’s stuck on a challenging family research problem. On those days, she draws strength to keep up the chase from this anonymous quote:

Life is lived forward, but understood backwards.

Over the years, Karen has been featured on Good Morning America, in the New York Times, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, Redbook Magazine, Jet Magazine and many other publications around the country. She does keynote presentations on genealogy and African American family history. Karen is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the New England Genealogical and Historical Society and co-founder of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

gathering stories

Gathering Stories
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my new home…er…blog! Since November, 2010 I have been blogging at Family Tree Firsts on the Family Tree University web site. I’m still blogging there and I love visitors (hint, hint). But I thought it was time to create my own little bloggy outpost on the internets. I am a collector of stories. Sometimes the stories are sad, sometimes tragic. sometimes quirky but never, ever boring.

i am a research junkie

I Am a Research Junkie
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Pamela Brown Reid.  I first began working on family history back in the mid-1990s when my mother brought out a VERY old family Bible that had been given to her by her great-Aunt, Myrtle Foster Reid.  The Bible listed birth dates for the family of William Foster, his wife Sarah, and their children.  We knew we were descended from one of those children, but did not know which one.  So began my family history research passion.  It turned out that were descended through two of the children, Moses FOSTER and his sister Delilah.  Moses married Mary HURT and they gave birth to my g-g-grandfather, Gabriel Foster.  Delilah married Burrell WINGO and was grandmother to Susan WINGO, who married Gabriel FOSTER.

mid-continent public library

Midwest Genealogy Center Blog
Blog type: Genealogy library blog, Missouri genealogy

Blog of the Midwest Genealogy Center ( in Independence, Missouri.

mika to mickey

Mika to Mickey
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a second-generation descendant of George and Teresa (Dacko) Mika from Parihuzovce, later Pennsylvania. This blog and my Mika family research is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Margaret Mickey Sampey, whose wish was for me to continue and grow this family history.

my midwest genealogy

My Midwest Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Midwest genealogy

My ancestors lived primarily in the mid-west states of Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri before moving through Oklahoma and Texas to California.

save every step

SaveEveryStep – The Memories of a Family Nostalgaholic
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog

The inspiration for our site came when my mother passed away. I was approaching 40 and I felt as though I still didn’t really know much about my mum. The irony of youth of course is that you appreciate pretty much nothing until you’re no longer youthful….. My mum had a sister, who has now also died, and with them has gone the memories and stories of all the generations before them. Yes, we have some old treasured photographs – some of them are fastidiously dated and named even, but the richness of the descriptions is lacking, as is the human narrative. There are no successes and tragedies, no mundane tales of schools, wars, friends, homes, or how it was to live there and then.

So, at 42 I find myself sitting and contemplating what a disaster it would be to lose another generation’s stories too. Whilst my life seems inordinately uninteresting to me, I am now aware that the very fact that I was once a spotty teenager with grey print-ruled exercise books filled with Latin conjugations, is of such intense amusement to my children that it is in itself precious and something to be retained.

susans genealogy

Susan’s Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education

Welcome, fellow genealogists! This blog will specialize in U.S. land records and United Kingdom research. My family centers in Niagara County, New York; Norfolk, England; and northeast Germany.

I began searching for my family in 1994. In the winter, I teach Beginner’s Genealogy in Florida and in the summer, I teach Computer Genealogy in the North. I am on the board of my Florida genealogy society and co-leader of its United Kingdom Special Interest Group. As a break from my genealogy, I researched the friends and neighbors of ‘Silent Cal’ for my book titled, Calvin Coolidge: At Home in Northampton.

the demanding genealogist

The Demanding Genealogist
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

I sputter when I see bad genealogy. This blog will permit me to explore the sources of errors. Hopefully I can learn not to make them myself.

the wild geese Irish Genealogy And Family History
Blog type: Irish genealogy is a leading destination for those passionate about the history and heritage of the Irish. The webzine has drawn millions of readers to its more than 600 online features during its 14+ years online. Planning its first major redesign, 2.0 will have Irish Family History as a major focus, with a standalone channel and blog serving as the channel’s herald. To learn more, contact Alannah Ryane, our Genealogy Channel Producer, at The History of the Irish . . . Worldwide.

we are cousins

We Are Cousins
Blog type: Latino genealogy, Mexican genealogy, Texas genealogy

Genealogy blog focusing on the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, Webb, and the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon.

Welcome to We Are Cousins, after much thought I saw the need to create a blog that would not only serve as a place to document my research, family stories, but also a resource to those interested in South Texas and Northern Mexico Genealogy. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region. To keep up to date with this blog simply subscribe to the rss atom feed.

whence we come

Whence We Come
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is CJ and I have been fascinated with my family’s history for many years. This site is a place to share the stories I learn and pass on to others the stories of our ancestors. Some things I have discovered have good historical records to support them, some will be family stories. If we wander into my own wonderings, I promise I will distinguish those. If you have stories to share, please send them my way. I would love to include them as I am able and give you credit for your work. Enjoy reading!

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