This Week’s New Geneablogs

[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.]

We’ve tracked down – with the assistance from some geneablogger sleuths – 12 new genealogy and family-history related blogs this week.  We now list over 305 in our blog 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.”
- adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

But Now I’m Found
http://blackgenealogy-griot.blogspot.com
“This is the first of many blogs (I hope) about my journey to discover ancestors. I have been on this journey for over ten years. I have travelled all over the country, visiting archives, relatives, libraries, in an effort to learn as much as I can. I’m just plain nosy. That’s what my family think. However, I argue that inquisitiveness is a by-product of critical thinking. I want to know the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the mundane, the extraordinary of all my people. Besides, I truly believe that everybody has a story. To tell the story is to breathe life into a memory. It is archaeology on a small but no less important scale. I have already written my family history but a family history is always a work in progress. There is so much more I want to learn and transcribe. So what? The answer to that is perhaps as I learn and write about my family, it may help others who are interested in doing the same. It may shed a tiny glimmer on the human condition because a major portion of my ancestors were slaves and those who slept with slaves.”

Exploring Almost Forgotten Graves In Ohio
http://limesstones.blogspot.com
“Northeastern Ohio is my home and thankfully for me, many of my ancestors were buried in the buckeye state. Because of my desire to locate their gravesites, I have become an explorer into the now near forgotten places where they were laid to rest. So, we begin as visitors as we explore the burying grounds where our ancestors were buried. What naturally comes next is we walk away knowing that improvements are needed with the stone markers and/or cemetery grounds; a greater possibility especially if the burial was in an inactive/abandoned graveyard. Where do we begin? What can we do? Who can we turn to for advice and help? Thirteen years ago, I was faced with these questions during my quest to: a) visit the burial site of my great-great-great grandfather, Harmon Limes, b) locate his buried tombstone, and c) learn how could I make a difference that transpires into a brighter future and improved condition for the cemetery where he rests in eternal peace. Thankfully, I had an interest in working on my family history, i.e. genealogy. Some people considered it a “fun hobby” where you fill out charts and write queries, but I took my “hobby” a step further.”

Flipside
http://lindasflipside.blogspot.com
“Catch ya on the flipside….often found at the end of e-mails sent by my brother, Ken. There are times in my life that I would rather be on the FLIPSIDE….not having to deal with the trials and tribulations of the present….following my bliss….genealogy, photography, gardening, travel….thus the title of my blog. HAZZAH!!!!”

GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com
http://www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com
“Genealogical Publishing Company and its affiliate, Clearfield Company, are the leading publishers of books and CDs on genealogy and family history. Our genealogy collection includes over 2,000 books and CDs featuring a wide range of materials on topics such as colonial genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, and genealogy methods and sources. Carolyn L. Barkley writes and coordinates the blog content for Genealogical.com. She is a retired public librarian who now spends her time doing genealogical research for clients as well as indexing and editing for genealogical authors. She lives in Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.”

Genealogy On A Budget
http://genealogyonabudget.blogspot.com
“This month, The Husband and I have set up a soul-squishing budget with the entire purpose being to pay off debt. It’s going to be very, very tough, but, even though we’re doing ok financially and are both with companies that seem stable enough to prevent layoffs, I’d love to be able to stash all the money we’re throwing at the credit cards into retirement and college accounts. This blog will list the places I find that provide free records/information. It will also provide information on ways that YOU can help get more records online and available for free to all genealogists. Nothing is going to be free without the help of large groups of people.”

In Deeds
http://indeeds.blogspot.com
“Although the term “deeds” is used, this blog is designed to cover “land records, including deeds, mortgages, leases, liens, contracts, powers of attorney, releases, notices of action, judgments and decrees,” as stated in this website. An article by William Dollarhide entitled “Retracing the Trails of Your Ancestors Using Deed Records,” explains the “Why” of “Why Find Deeds?”. Many deeds are recorded at the county level; according to this source, deeds were recorded at a central location as mandated by law. That same source also lists some of the steps used to research deeds.”

Louis Kessler’s Behold Blog
http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog
“I’m Louis Kessler, a genealogist and a programmer. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Beautiful summers. Brutal winters. I’ve been researching my own family for over 30 years. I’ve been working with computers and technology for just as long. I believe it is time for a change in the way genealogy software works, and my program Behold is my realization of this. This blog is where you can follow, in detail, the development of Behold. You’ll read about the concepts behind it, my progress, and all sorts of related random tidbits that happen to be relevant to genealogists, programmers, or people in general. For more about Behold, see the Behold Genealogy Home Page and the rest of this website. Feel free to try Behold and let me know what you think.”

Oh Blah Vi, Oh Blah Va, Life Goes On
http://valeehill.blogspot.com
“I’m originally from San Diego. I moved to Virginia in 1997, got married, and had my daughter the next year. We share our old home on the river with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Honey of a cat.”

The O’Brien Store
http://www.obrienstore.com
“A look at Irish history and heritage from an O’Brien perspective, The O’Brien Store, considering the diverse derivatives of the O’Brien surname (O’Bryan, Breen, O’Brian), covers all things Irish and all ancestry through Erin. Post your family search here and The O’Brien Store will research and announce it to their audience to help you reconnect with your past. Subscribe to receive Irish wit, add an Irish business to their directory, or join the Celtic Knot to promote your Irish website.”

Rutherford County, TN Cemeteries
http://rutherfordcemetery.wordpress.com
“Welcome to our blog. If you are familiar with my website, this is just an easier way for me to bring cemeteries to you. If you are not, you can see it here. There are lots of reasons I moved to the blog format. For one, I can make my trusted cemetery photographers contributors, and they can post their own cemeteries without having to wait on me. Secondly, I can use tags to help you find cemeteries that have common points of interest, like ones that are extinct, or in a certain quadrangle in Rutherford County, TN, or who have military heroes buried in them. Thirdly, I can mark cemeteries by surname, and you can easily see all the cemeteries with that surname, just by clicking on that name in the tag cloud. Fourthly, is consistency. I am a perfectionist, and this will allow all the cemetery posts to look similar and allow me to add information, like copyright to a side bar and not have to edit each cemetery. I hope you enjoy the blog. My plan is to continue to add new cemeteries as I get them, have photographers add their own blog pages, and slowly move the existing pages to this blog.”

Scottish Genealogy News and Events
http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com
“All the top stories and events affecting those researching their Scottish ancestry, including news from around the British Isles and beyond. If you would like to share a new product release, promote a Scottish based genealogical lecture or event, or share news of interest to others researching their Scottish based family history, please contact us at enquiry@scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk and we’ll be glad to give it a mention. And the service is absolutely FREE – slàinte!”

Tracing Your Routes
http://genwed.wordpress.com/about
“I am Director of Brand Development and Marketing at http://www.GenWed.com, an online resource for FREE genealogy marriage records in the US, Canada and UK. The purpose of this blog is to promote GenWed.com, genealogy research and resources in general as well as (hopefully) to provide insight and perspective into the world of genealogy research, both through my direct experience as well as lessons learned from others in the field.”

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Geneabloggers Week In Review

This is a weekly feature which will document some of the geneablogger happenings.

For most readers it must seem like I change the location and name of this post too often, but this week there is good reason: with the recent Facebook Terms of Use fiasco many geneabloggers have disabled and deleted their Facebook accounts.  I am trying to make sure that Geneabloggers.com includes most if not all of the items listed over at Geneabloggers Group on Facebook in an effort to be more inclusive.

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

We’ve added 6 new members for a total of 373 members but the count is a bit misleading since we lost quite a few members who cancelled their Facebook accounts due to the issues surrounding Facebook’s Terms of Service (see below).

Check out Genea-Bloggers group listing on Facebook. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please let me know and send me their email info!

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

16th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy over at Jessica’s Genejournal with entries due on Sunday, February 22nd.

1st Edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival hosted by the Association of Graveyard Rabbits with entries due on Wednesday, February 25th.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #7:  Share your holiday traditions. How did you spend the 4th of July? Did the fire truck ever come to your house on Thanksgiving? Share your memories of all holidays, not just the December ones.

Scanfest!

Don’t forget the upoming Scanfest this Sunday, February 22nd from 11am – 2pm Pacific time.  If you’ve never participated in Scanfest and want to learn how to scan photos and documents along with a lively group discussion via instant messaging, then join Miriam and her gang of merry scanners on Sunday!

Note: a new chat format will be used beginning this Sunday and past participants of Scanfest are urged to read more about it and give it a test run before Sunday!

Geneabloggers Calendar

Don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the new Geneabloggers Calendar.  This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time.

Facebook Terms of Use and Geneabloggers

You probably have read and even saw news articles or broadcasts on television about the uproar concerning Facebook’s recent, unannounced changes to their Terms of Use.   In a nutshell (I will post about this policy change and how it affects Geneabloggers later today), Facebook attempted to claim ownership to member content even after members left Facebook.

What Facebook attempted to do – but backed down by week’s end due to a high number of account deletions and bad press – is radical when compared to the terms of service of other major Internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

To read all the posts by geneabloggers who have had something to say about the recent Facebook flap, click here.

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Data Backup Day – Win A 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive!

Data Backup Day March Madness Contest!

For the next upcoming Data Backup Day – March 1, 2009 – create a post at your geneablog about either a data loss you experienced with your research data or what you’ve done to prevent data loss. One participating blogger’s name will be selected at random and awarded the following prize:

Kingston Data Traveler 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive*
http://tr.im/gAF6

I will order the flash drive from Amazon on Monday, March 2nd for delivery to the address specified by the winner.

* or comparable USB flash drive not to exceed $15 in value

Contest Rules:

- participants do not need to be a member of Geneabloggers Group on Facebook but they do need to author a genealogy or family history-related blog

- participants must create a blog post with Data Backup Day in the post title and describe their own data loss experience or steps they’ve taken to prevent data loss

- then add a comment here with a link back to your post

- winner will be selected at random using a web-based random name selection application

- winner will be notified via e-mail on Monday, March 2, 2009

- winner may make a substitution of any other USB flash drive (due to Windows vs. Mac OS, etc.) with value not to exceed $15 US

Check out the Geneabloggers Calendar for more information.

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