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New Genealogy Blogs September 4, 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 11 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,270 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:

an american mutt

An American Mutt
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Sarah Burgess and I am an American Mutt. I’m 28 years old and a graduate student in experimental psychology.

For most of my life I only knew my paternal grandfather’s (and, to a certain extent, my paternal grandmother’s) genealogical information. My mother’s side was a complete mystery to me aside from the fact that my maternal great-grandfather left the Mennonite order along with his brothers. Maternal grandfather left when my mother was four and my maternal grandmother never talked about this sort of thing.

beyond the ghosts

Beyond the Ghosts – A Cemetery Blog
Blog type: Cemetery blog

…The Postings:  Postings occur as often as possible – ideally, once a week. These will include everything from interviews to essays to book reviews. 2010 premieres a new article series called “Friday Fives” that showcases the month’s top five interesting articles from the world of historic cemetery preservation. “Friday Fives” will appear on the last Friday of each month.

And don’t forget to follow either on Twitter or become a BTG fan on Facebook!

…The Awards:  Last year, Beyond The Ghosts… was awarded two heritage preservation grants from 4Culture and the Allied Arts Foundation of Seattle.

…The Author:  Giving back to a community is rewarding, but sometimes this is easier said than done in the face of daily commutes and crunched weekends. Fortunately, I discovered a volunteer effort that not only fits my schedule but also incorporates my writing, photography, and history-buff skills.

christensen family history

Christensen Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

The purpose of this website is to familiarize members of the M.J. Christensen family with their common heritage through family history stories, photographs and documents. We are also gathering and digitally preserving historical records and artifacts which provide accurate information about our family and support on-going research. This site is part of a family archive which is organized and digitally available for sharing. In addition, we hope this will be a place where family members can communicate and share their memories and stories which they would like to have preserved. We also invite any family announcements of births, weddings, missions, military service, etc.

cuesta genealogy

Cuesta Genealogy
Blog type: Hispanic genealogy, Individual family history, Mexican genealogy, Texas genealogy

I have been gathering genealogical data on my Cuesta (Ortiz; Cajero) and Saldana (Villarreal; Urdiales) lineages since the 60s.

I have visited Nochistlan and Real el 14. I have found relatives in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Ontario, California; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Now, more and more, I focus on digital research and social networking to supplement my findings.

family history treasures

Family History Treasures
Blog type: Research, UK genealogy

Many of you will already know that the Society of Genealogists house the largest genealogical library in the UK but did you know that the Society is also the national repository for family history documents?

The Society’s ‘Special’, ‘Document’ and ‘Topographical’ collections contain many fascinating documents that display the UK’s diverse and rich cultural heritage. We have been collecting family history documents since 1911, long before the arrival of local record offices, which means we often have documents that you would not expect to find here at the Society.

Our collections relate to over 44,000 surnames. Many documents are originals and date as far back as the 15th century.

An example of the typical documents you might find within our collections are marriage settlements, deeds, certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings, probates, family coat of arms, letters and many other unusual one off documents. Not only are these documents and photographs often beautiful to look at, they also provide us with invaluable information that gives us tremendous insight as to what life must have been like for our ancestors.

There is nothing more exciting for a family historian than to find a document belonging or relating to one of their ancestors and with our extensive and ever growing collections, many more people are making these discoveries.

You can search our collections for relevant documents by coming into the Society and using our catalogues. Due to the size of our ever growing collections, most documents are not listed online but this is something we are working on. In order to ensure our wonderful collections are around for many more generations to enjoy, the Society is raising the funds needed to conserve its collections by digitisation. This will mean that anyone in the world can access these precious documents without running the risk of damaging them. Please click here if you would like to help us make these crucial improvements.

food family ephemera

Blog type: Recipe and food blogs

Finally, what this blog is all about. One of the sources that are part of women’s lives are cookbooks. There are different types of cookbooks, some written by food companies, manufacturers, some written by chefs, and a host of others. But it’s the community or charity cookbooks that provide information about what women cook and share with their families. Community cookbooks began to be published during the time of the American Civil War. They provide recipes from a group of women and at the very least include their names and affiliation. Sometimes they include much more information that tells us something about their lives.

This blog will explore community cookbooks, what they tell us about women’s lives and where you can find them. My research into the topic is going to include presentations to various societies and articles as well as a database of these cookbooks searchable by the individual woman’s name (more on this to come). This is an ongoing project that will show the valuable resource that community cookbooks are to genealogists and historians.


Blog type: Individual family history

Researching the following surnames/families: Marks, Heyman, Raphael, Bernstein, Braunhart, Bufsky, Soloman, Beerman, Repp, Christensen, Broch, Fried, Markheim, Weber, Aronson, Arntsen, Pound, Stone, Tulman, Simmonds, Isaacs, Falk, Goldman, Metzner, Cookson, Carillon, Latz, Nitzberg, Rudy, Lesnitzer, Golden, Vallon, Hart, Sternbach, Brunn, Eilenberg, Gandel

Williams, Lutgens, Kreymborg, Griffith, Crump, Warren, Schanzer, Olsen, Brodahl, Evans, Fageol, Leiter, Gressard, Joseph, Platt, Murdock, Tinnemann

restore the ancestors

Restore the Ancestors Project
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Research blogs, South Carolina genealogy

Rediscovering the Names of 30,000 Enslaved SC Ancestors

This project is a collaboration between, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection.

When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors from Charleston and surrounding counties will be restored to history in a free online collection, preserved for generations to come.

saving stories

Saving Stories
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Genealogy education

I am in the business of helping people discover and share information about their ancestors. I am an award winning book publishing consultant for Heritage Makers, the best storybooking company in the world. I have been publishing and designing storybooks since 2007. Heritage Studio, which is the Heritage Makers online book publishing software. In addition to designing and creating books, I also teach clients how to use Heritage Makers products to preserve their history themselves. With my expert research skills. My clients are able to discover, collaborate with family, and preserve a lasting legacy for their posterity. I have been able to help different races and nationalities to find historical documentation on their ancestors. Stories remind us of who we really are and where we come from. We need to retrieve the stories before they are entirely lost.

society of genealogists conference

The Society of Genealogists Conference Blog
Blog type: Genealogy conference blog, UK genealogy

The Society of Genealogists will be 100 years old in 2011 and we intend to celebrate our anniversary in style. There will be different activities to commemorate the occasion and we hope all our members and friends will join us in our celebrations.

Details of all our commemorative events planned for 2011 will be posted on our website and in the Genealogists’ Magazine. Here are the first two events to note in your diary

The Society of Genealogists Centenary Conference will take place on Saturday 7 May 2011
Venue: Royal Overseas League,
Over-Seas House,
Park Place
5 St James’s Terrace,
London SW1A 1LP

whitney nay family history

Whitney-Nay Family History


Blog type: Individual family history

The family history of Ralph Emanuel Whitney and his wife Doris Elizabeth Nay.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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