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This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 30 May 2009

[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 sidebar to pass along information on new blogs.]

This week we offer four new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 423 in our blog list!

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My Black Sheep Ancestors

“New Babies, Reduced Sentences, Early Parole and other blessings. . .”

Night Before Noon

“Embracing family and history before they whiz past forever.

‘How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”…Theodor Seuss Geisel'”

Stories of My Ancestors

“I’m a married mother of two grown sons in their 20’s. My husband is a big, burly (BB) sweetheart. They are the loves of my life. We have a 12 year old black lab named Maxine (Max for short) I am completely addicted to genealogy. I can’t get enough researching. I am a self taught tole painter and have become pretty good at it if I do say so myself. I teach computer basics to seniors (and others) and also volunteer at the local senior centre teaching computer classes.”

The Pieces of My Past

“I remember a junior high social studies assignment that required we draft a family tree and learn something regarding our ethnic heritage. So home I went with a list of questions and my mom was helpful in answering what she could. I was 1/4 Norwegian, some English, some German, and probably some Irish and Scots-Irish.

Two memories of this project stick out in my mind. The first was learning that one relative was a bit on the “premature” side as in her parents married about six months before she was born at a very healthy full-term birth weight. I remember being shocked and realized why I’d never really been told this story before. As an adult I can now understand the stigma the child felt as she grew up in a small Midwestern town and that she passed along to her future generations.

The second memory compelled me to start my research in earnest about 10 years ago. My parents are divorced and I didn’t have much of a relationship with my father, but very much did with my paternal grandmother. She had been doing research on her late husband’s family (my paternal grandfather) and his somewhat mysterious past. She had determined he was from western North Carolina. She thought we might be related to Daniel Boone which made good fodder for my school presentation. But the most important fact was that he’d had a falling out with his parents and just left. He changed his surname from McNeill and started a new life on the West Coast without apparently ever looking back.

So with few facts and an old family tree, I began the journey to determine The Pieces of My Past.”

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

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