New Genealogy Blogs May 7, 2011

new genealogy blogs

[Editor's 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 1901 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:

a jerkins journey

A Jerkins Journey
http://jerkinsjourney.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my blog, which I anticipate will be a potourri of research findings, research stories, and the occasional story of one of our earlier Jerkins kin. The who thing will probably evolve as I get used to the venue.

During my 15 years of chasing this clan, I have become an experienced genealogist – to the point that I became a professional.  These days, I do research for clients, give lectures and seminars and write articles about genealogy. I don’t make a living at it, yet, but it helps.

My pre-genealogy career was actually more of a series of careers – sort of a Swill Army knife approach to full employment and occupations. My education was in Accounting & Finance, and I did spend years in that field, working as a corporate controller and owning my own company. But I also spent years as an Army Infantry officer (my younger years – eeeyaaah! Ranger!), as a restauranteur, a college instructor (and, briefly, Bursar).

Not being able to face my boredom with accounting any longer, and lacking the PhD to gain tenure with the university, I spent the last 15 years of my work-a-day life as a technical writer (not nearly as boring as it sounds – I got to play with new technology all of the time and got to show just enough creativity to keep me above my boredom threshold.

Genealogically, I am a sixth generation Floridian (5th if you only count born in the state). I was raised on the dirt roads on the outskirts of pre-Disney. With that history and my strong family ties to neighboring states, I have researched extensively throughout the South. But I have just enough early Yankee ancestors (and my clients have had more) and connections to foreign lands to make me comfortable among the towns of early New England and those of the United Kingdom and Canada.

alice martin bishop

Alice Martin Bishop
http://www.AliceMartinBishop.com
Blog type: Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy

Alice Martin was a Mayflower orphan who murdered her young daughter in Plymouth Colony (1648).  This scholarly blog recreates her life using primary sources, histrocial analyses and forensic psychology methods.  it is the most complete history of AMB’s life to date.

Amateur genealogy run obsessively amuck in 1648 Plymouth.  Homesteading in Oklahoma.

Erin is the product of Mayflower, Cherokee, English, Irish, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, military, migrating, sometimes-less-than-honorable, often admirable families.  Raised in Latin America, Erin has a history degree from Texas A&M University and a PhD in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma.  She is a mother to five, an academic researcher and finds her family history nearly as fascinating as herself.

Fountaindale Public Library

Genealogy Journey: FPLD’s Genealogy & Research Blog
http://fountaindalegenealogy.wordpress.com
Blog type: Genealogy library blog

Blog of the Fountaindale Public Library in Bollingbrook, Illinois.

gopher genealogy

Gopher Genealogy
http://gophergenealogy.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Gopher Genealogy by Susan LeBlanc provides information about research, lectures, published articles and book reviews, and Serendipity Moments that are the results of searching for ancestors both personally and for clients. The objective of the blog is for others to receive insight and inspiration in doing their family history research. It is an evolving method of communication and input from reviewers is welcome.

hunt for the past

Hunt for the Past
http://genehunt.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I have started this blog to communicate with others who may be researching or interested in one of the four main surnames listed for this site: Cole, Davis, Lambert and Mathews.

marilyns genealogy adventures

Marilyn’s Genealogy Adventure
http://marilynadventures.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is for my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and any other member of the family who would like to know how I found out about the events, show my documentation and know from whence I have come….

Who would have thought an old Grandma would become a Geneablogger…….

massachusetts meanderings

Massachusetts Meanderings & More
http://massmeanderings.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history, New England genealogy

The time has come for another big trip in search of my ancestors.  This time to Connecticut and Massachusetts!  In April 2011 I will be taking a road trip to seek out as many ancestral sites as I can find in the time I will have.  I will be searching for Goss and Barclay ancestors.

I will arrive at the Bradley International Airport and travel briefly in Connecticut and then up into Massachusetts for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield.  After that conference I will head east to the Brookfields and Lancaster.  I will take a quick trip up to New Hampshire to verify a gravesite and drop back down to head for the Berkshires.

I will be moving quickly and covering a lot of ground in this trip.  I hope I have the energy.

My blog:  Pennsylvania Wanderings http://pawanderings.blogspot.com/ was a trip in search of my Goss ancestors who migrated from Connecticut and Massachusetts to the eastern part of Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River.  I will be going back even further into the Goss genealogical history.

The Barclays are my other ancestral line featured in my blog:  The Barclay’s of Pine River http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/ My goal is to try and find the origins of this family in the Hartford County area of Connecticut.

I am a genealogist and my business is BJM Genealogy Research Services. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists www.apgen.org.

planting the seeds

Planting the Seeds
http://michaelhait.wordpress.com
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

Discusses issues relating to professional genealogy, including research methodology, educational opportunities, best practices, and other subjects. Will also run case studies and ‘Ask a Professional’ questions/answers periodically.

ruths genealogy

Ruth’s Genealogy
http://ruthsgenealogy.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Texas genealogy

Welcome to Ruth’s Genealogy! This blog began as Bluebonnet Country Genealogy almost five years ago. At that time, I had only begun researching my family history and as I live in Texas, Texas is where my research began. Hence the title Bluebonnet Country Genealogy.

Fast-forward five years: I have located and studied ancestors from almost every Southern state, several Western states and even one Northern state. My RootsMagic database now contains over 600 documented individuals. So the title Bluebonnet Country Genealogy no longer seemed appropriate.

Also, in an effort to simplify this blog so that I may concentrate on research, I have moved my blog and all of its associated images back to WordPress.com. I tend to waste time playing with the technical aspects of maintaining a blog and forsake my research. No more! Again, welcome to my new digs!

Ruth’s Genealogy surnames and locations include:

  • Texas- HALL, MCBURNETT, CARR, CARROLL, STANLEY, CARRICO, ROGERS, TURNER, BENNETT, KENNEDY
  • Alabama- STANLEY, KENNEDY, CARR, DIXON, DAVIS, APPLING, MARTIN
  • Georgia- MCBURNETT
  • Tennessee- VANCE, TURNER, TURNEY
  • Kansas- HALL
  • Missouri- CARRICO
  • Kentucky- CARRICO, ROGERS, KNOX
  • North Carolina- ISLER
  • Montana- BENNETT

teicha hill mailhes

Teicha Hill Mailhes, Family Historian
http://mailhesfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history, Professional genealogist

Teicha Hill Mailhes is a freelance writer and family historian working with clients to creatively preserve and present family histories within the context of a community’s history. She has researched her own family lines as they stretched across the Southern, Midwestern and Western United States using a variety of archival and online database record sources. She is a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society and takes full advantage of workshops and classes offered by the societies in order to be continually educated on record groups and genealogical research methods. Currently, she is working with clients to produce customized history books for family reunions. She is available to present “getting started” seminars and mini-workshops for local groups interested in family history.

western district families

Western District Families
http://mywdfamilies.wordpress.com
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

I was born and bred in the Western District of Victoria and my family roots are firmly planted there  like those of the mighty river red gums.  From the Volcanic plains to the Grampians soaring on the horizon, this area that is so special to me must have been a special place for ancestors too.  Many made their way there on arrival in Australia and never left.  Together they grew towns, communities and families that would continue to thrive over 150 years later.

I have been interested in the pioneering history of the Western District since I was a young child.  I lived near to the Hamilton Pastoral Museum and I would often visit on their Open Days.  Inside an old church building I would marvel at the collection of household implements, ornaments and the like.  Outside, old steam engines and horse-drawn ploughs would captivate me.

Add to that a passion for research which started with being a bored only child reading encyclopedias and led on to a degree in Media &  Social Research.  I just love looking up stuff.  So when I started my family history research I was in my element and throw in the Web, an information addicts dream come true, and I was hooked.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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