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This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 6 June 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 seven new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 428 in our blog list!

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A Genealogist’s Sketchbook

“Nathaniel Lane Taylor holds a Ph.D. in medieval European history, and has taught history at the university level for a number of years. A resident of Rumford, Rhode Island, he divides his time between raising his four small children, teaching on a part-time basis, and writing. He also undertakes commissioned genealogical research on a selective basis. His primary interests lie in the history and evolution of genealogy as a field, and the intersections between genealogy and other forms of history.

The Genealogist’s Sketchbook is a holding tank for thoughts and work on various themes related to family history. See the main webpage for this site here.”

Branching Out Through The Years

“As we push through the garden gate of the old homestead, we are surprised at how much smaller things are than we remembered them, and how much work needs to be done.

Mother of 6 children, and grandmother to 13 grandchildren so far. We have 2 dogs and a small acreage. Funds are low so we make do with what we have. Life is what we make of it and I love serving others.

How thankful I am for the gift of loving my ancestors and enjoying searching for them.

I plan to use this blog for pondering, reminiscing, and playing with ideas for my family history book I plan for future generations. May the Spirit guide me in my endeavors and if I help others along the way what a blessing it will be.”

Campo Santo-Holy Ground

“I am a 8th generation native of California. I have a lifelong interest in old photos, family history and story’s, cemeteries, with a particle focus on my early California Spanish/Mexican ancestors. I hope my blogs can help me organize research, help others in their searches and memorialize those who are a forgotten chapter in California’s history. My mom’s southern family are a part of this mix too!”

Circle Mending

“I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 23 times over and a great-grandmother of 7. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests – folklore and genealogy – and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this is on my Circlemending website.”


With the byline “Hullo, I’m Hugh W., born in 1936 and always on line,” Hugh Watkins hails from Solihull, West Midlands in the United Kingdom and Genealoge is only one of 31 blogs he manages.

GenPal’s Cemetery Project Blog

“ Cemetery Project blog, recording inscriptions from Jewish Cemeteries throughout the UK.

We have started this as a place to publish items that would not really fit in with our main website which is a database of inscriptions from Jewish Cemeteries throughout the UK, including mini family trees created from a variety of sources. Along with general photos of the cemeteries and short histories. So we hope they interest you as much as they do us.”

Rooting Around Genealogy

“I began my genealogical snooping with lots of information, if only I would use it. My mother had left me a photo album, two, actually. One was of her immediate family. One was of her mother’s ancestors. Then there were a few photos from my father’s family. She even walked me through this morass when I was 14. Of course I was bored stiff.

All those opportunities lost. Or … That’s right! I knew where it all was. So when finally the bug bit, I had info galore!

So then what to do with it? Make a special corner in the tv room and buy a family history application. Easily done, since only one is specially made for Mac. 🙂 Then I had to learn to footnote. Oh, I could do it on a term paper, but the genealogical world is full of blarney, even from Scots! We humans accept too much on faith, and facts REQUIRE verification.

Example: Where did that factoid come from? Um, my mom’s photo album. But the good folk at the historical society in that ancestor’s town say the name was Forest, not Foust as written in album. Hmmm.

So that’s how I learned that factoids must be backed up by a second witness. Just like in the Jewish law: If you can’t justify it in two different places, BEWARE. (At least don’t stone anyone.)

This little problem made for some brick walls a lot closer to present time than I’d expected, but then maybe, just maybe, checking out those “forest, not foust” walls have saved me a lot of wasted time snooping through wrong, though very interesting, roots.

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

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