New Genealogy Blogs October 31, 2009

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 Geneablog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

I guess 13 is our lucky number – that’s how many newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs we’ve located.  And it has pushed our total to 707  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

Here are this week’s new listings:

ancestry 24

Ancestry24
http://beta.ancestry24.com/articles
Blog type: Genealogy vendor, South African genealogy

Ancestry24 offers the most comprehensive ancestral and genealogical online service available in South Africa. It’s databases contain millions of records relevant to South African family researchers and grow daily.

After months of hard work Ancestry24 is proud to show its new look to you. It is still in beta phase, as you can see from the address. That means that not everything is ready, but new features are being added on a daily basis.

cemetery divas

Cemetery Divas
http://cemeterydivas.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Cemetery blog

I’m Linda, the quiet and shy snow-loving member of our twosome. I’m married to a farmer who has never lived more than half a mile from where we now live. I have two grown sons, both farmers through and through. While I have moved around some, I have stayed in the West Michigan area all my life.

My love of family history began with my grandmother telling me stories of how we were related to Ethan Allen (un-proven as yet) and how Gerald Ford used to attend our Ford family reunions as a child. Much work had been done on my father’s family history, so my first breakthrough came when I discovered my first Civil War ancestor on my mother’s side. It has been an exciting quest to dig into the Allen, Ford, Cross, Samis, Gilbert, Cunningham, Wells, Stiver, Hagen, and Walsworth lines. (Just to name a few.)

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I’m Sandy the opinionated one and occasionally outspoken. I have been doing genealogy since I was 14, trying to settle an argument between my Grandma and her step-brother as to where their father was born.

Thirty Seven years later her I am, still doing genealogy. My search has taken me to the Eastern states researching the Colbys, Tillinghasts and Herricks. To New York researching Ackermans and New Hampshire Researching the Georges. And always finding myself in a cemetery.

dr bill tells ancestor

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history, Writing your family history

This Blog focuses on Ancestor Stories, both the stories themselves about my family’s ancestors and discussions of where they come from and how to prepare and share them. These stories may be non-fiction or fiction – we will always tell which is which, of course. This Blog also serves as a companion site for the forthcoming book: “How to Tell Your Ancestor Stories.”

family forest

Family Forest
http://familyforestblog.info/
Blog type: Individual family history

Let this Blog be a place I wish I had found when I first started my family research, back in 1987. It was the same year that my mother passed away and, I all at once realized that so much family information passed away with her, that I decided to start digging. If I had had a computer and knew that a site such as this one is going to be, was available, I would have had more fun and less frustration. So here we begin; I say we, because this is a blog and we are what will make it so.

Linda Forest is my name.  I reside in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  My nativity was originally northern Illinois. I am a member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.  It is fortunate for my ascendants that I am the genealogist in the family, as my family moved twenty times in my early years. I attended thirty-three schools including college. As a child, I remembered where we lived by the houses that we lived in.  I wish I had a picture of each one. It would have been a difficult, not impossible, to locate my family in the various towns where we lived. Mother married four times during her lifetime; one husband was before I was born. It would have been difficult tracing us throughout the United States, Mom with her various names and numerous locations, to compound it all with her adoption and later with my adoption. It has been an interesting trek, this genealogy train ride. My life is enriched beyond measure because of it as I continue to move into the future digging into the past.

genealogy herald

Genealogy Herald
http://genealogyherald.com/
Blog type: Genealogy vendor, Surnames

Genealogy Herald is dedicated to personal and member related Ancestry. We allow all members a chance to sign up, and start posting their own family stories within our special sections. We are always interested in reading from other folks, and our website is easy to function for all sharing needs. Not only Ancestry, Genealogy Herald allows for other knowledge: History, Mythology, Maps, Poetry, and Grave & Cemetery findings.

life from the roots

Life From The Roots
http://lifefromtheroots.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

It has been 20 years since I began doing my genealogy, and I never imagined it would hold my interest for so long. My research is nearing an end, and now I want to share some of what I have learned and experiences. I look forward to joining the blogging community of genealogists, and I hope you don’t mind one more blogger! Other interests include: American history, photography, gardening, reading, movies, travel and like all of us, life in general.

roots n leaves

Roots’n’Leaves
http://rootsnleaves.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

As usual, I have pushed off into the rapids, and not sure quite how to navigate the waters. The rush has subsided and calmness has returned. Take a breath and begin. In the late 1970′s, I sat enthralled with Alex Haley’s mini series, Roots. The very name, Roots, had a visceral connection to me, so when I self published my first book, a family history and cookbook, nearly a decade ago, I chose to self publish it under the name of Roots’n’Leaves. In my brain, it made perfect sense; Roots of my past combined with the written Leaves of pages, and value added as I began to add leaves to my tree, as well as to books.

I am new to blogging, but I am not new to family history, genealogy and writing. So this seems to be a natural for me and I don’t know why I waited so long to blog.

For the past couple of decades, I have been researching my maternal lines, which include Sigford, Duty, Brown, Keyes, Doran, Lowery, Gordon, Ward, and, of course, the elusive Cherokee Elizabeth.

susis chatty performances

Susi’s Chatty Performances on Genealogy
http://susischattyperformances.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

I tried blogging about genealogy long ago and did not like it. The Burbank Conference with all my old AOL friends from Golden Gate Forum and your personality made me decide that this was the way of the future for genealogists to go.

My fellow distant cousin Randy Seaver and co genealogist here at the Chula Vista Genealogy Society has talked about it a bit so I decided I could not pass up the talk by the bloggers at the Burbank Conference. I even got to meet my distant cousin Dick Eastman, Jean HIbbens introduced us.

I have been doing Genealogy since I was about 12 years of age and intensely since I was 19 with first child gravely ill. It was the calling my in laws and learning of husband’s families ailments that set me on my own research path. In fact, the first family I intensely researched was my husband’s. I knew much about my MOM’s from helping her. I knew very little of my Dad’s then.

the genealogy gals

The Genealogy Gals
http://genealogygals.com/blog/
Blog type: Individual family history

We’re two long-time friends who are interested in genealogy, both doing it and writing about it. Our goal is to write about how we do our research, including particular family names, and the experiences we have as we go. If we learn about something that works well we will share the tip. Since both of us are working something between part and full time, our goal is to post something once a week for now.

the newaygo cty cemetery

The Newaygo County Cemetery Ladies
http://newaygocountycemeteryladies.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Cemetery blog, Michigan genealogy

I have been noticing this organization named The Association of Graveyard Rabbits. With my addiction of cemeteries and anything connected to them I couldn’t help myself but get involved it is a wonderful group with some great sites connected to them. I encourage people to check them out.

Through this adventure I hope to learn more while helping to help promote cemetery care and education.

Lets start this new adventure together and feel free to give me suggestions as we go I am learning too. I have two other blogs but this will be just dedicated to the cemeteries I tiptoe through along my way.

the nobleman payne forest

The Noblehorse & Payne Forest
http://noblehorseforest.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog will detail the long and winding genealogical road I’ve traveled, the surprising stories I’ve uncovered, and the brick walls I’ve run headlong into. As a reader of this blog you may see elements of your own genealogical journeys in my story – I’m hoping you can identify with the delights and commiserate with the frustrations.

tombstone territory

Tombstone Territory
http://tombstoneterritory.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Cemetery blog

A blog which covers several cemeteries including those in California and Utah.

turner normington

Turner Normington Cemetery Blog
http://turnernormingtonfamily.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

So, here we are for the first time, wondering what this is going to do for me. I hear that blogging can help in Genealogical research, so I’m prepared to give it a shot to see how it works out. I guess I’d like to reach out to others in the Genealogy world and pick up on any nuggets of research that are available, post my own findings and also create a space where I can share my work with family so they can easily view the latest and greatest.

As I’m a mac fan, I’m also going to share one or two of my ramblings in this area with commentary on the latest and greatest from the world of Apple. Don’t be too upset you PC people, as I’m a PC by day and a Mac by night person, so I live in both worlds and the two can meet up pretty effectively.  Here we go!

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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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