New Genealogy Blogs 12 April 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 4 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using any follow feature listed on the blog
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

budding genealogists

Budding Genealogists
Blog type: Education

So you are thinking about learning who your ancestors are or where they come from but the very thought seems just another impossible task?

Often events happen in one’s live to begin the thoughts of doing family history or genealogical research.

Perhaps it is just a simple curiosity of wondering about ones family’s ancestry or an assignment from a child at their school has prompted an interest.

Regardless of the reason, you have come to the right place for guidance with your genealogical/family history journey into discovering your ancestors.

Budding Genealogists will provide step by step guidance to help you regardless where you are in this new ancestral adventure. Whether you are just taking the first steps in your research, already started to do some research, would consider yourself to know a little bit or you are even a hobbyist, this blog hopes to provide practical guidance in all things genealogical.

One of the first things to consider is where you are today, your family, your children and all you are involved in are the very beginnings of your own genealogical journey. Whether you are writing in a baby book, creating a picture book for a child, keeping mementos for your family members and recording in some way those important milestones in life, each of these are steps towards putting together your current generation. Something that can easily overlooked but is very important.

Some beginning steps to get things going would be to take time to organize those important documents for each person in your family and decide if you will be recording this information in paper format, in a software management program or in an online database program. All of these ways are good, the decision is yours. We will review each these recording methods in the next few blogs so that by the time the review is complete, you’ll be able to make the best decision for you at this time.

Choose some time, once a week or once a month to begin to collect these things in one central place, this will make organizing easier. These simple steps will result in a successful ancestral journey.

family legends

Family Legends
Blog type: Family

I have never been all that interested in diagraming family trees but I do enjoy researching the stories of people who were a part of my life – even if they didn’t know it!  If I can’t find specifics on the people themselves, I try to figure out what they were living through at the time in their communities.  People seem to enjoy my stories and I always try to include either pictures or illustrations to enhance the experience and make it more real.

peerage and steerage

Peerage and Steerage
Blog type: Family

Peerage and Steerage = A place to chronicle as much of my family’s history — and stories — as I can. Welcome!

who we were

Who We Were, Are & Will Be Our Family
Blog type: Family

It all started innocently enough. I have always had a very strong sense of “family,” and therefore also had a deep-seeded need to know where I came from. And like most people, I started with my surname “Walker.” Ironically for several reasons that would also prove to be one of the toughest nuts to crack, especially for a fledgling genealogist.

First, my paternal grandfather had passed away decades ago, and no one, including me, had the good sense to interview him before he died. Not to say he would have told us the truth anyway! But more about that later. He was the baby of his family, and all his siblings had also passed away, so that avenue was a dead end.

Second, my paternal grandfather had been raised for as long as he could remember by his mother and his step-father. He never knew his real father, and as far as we know no one ever told him who he was, or did they?

Third was all the “hearsay” stories about our family history. Nature abhors a vacuum so something had to go there. My paternal grandfather used to say we were “Pennsylvania Dutch.” This was allegedly done, according to family history, because we were German and to dissuade negative encounters during World War 1. Following on that idea, came the speculation that our Walker surname had become anglicized, and was originally “Voker” or “Vokker” or some sort. None of which would prove true.

Finally, because I was such a newbie, I really made it harder than it had to be. I was often trying to force Ancestry.Com to give up what it didn’t have, and that I could have gotten easily with a few letters to some courthouses.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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New Genealogy Blogs 5 April 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 4 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using any follow feature listed on the blog
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:


Blog type: Archives, Research

ARCHIVENTURES (Ar-ki-ven-churz), n., pl : adventures inspired by information-seeking behavior of archivists and those who use archives.

I graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Master of Liberal Studies/Archival Studies degree in December, 2012.

I began this blog to document a 5-week practicum at the LDS Church History Library and Archives (CHL) in Salt Lake City, UT, June – July of 2012. It was my final archives course before tackling my Capstone Project, support paper, and defense.

The first week of my practicum was spent in the Conservation Laboratory, gaining experience with preservation and restoration techniques. My second week was spent in Reference, with the librarians and research specialists, learning how to provide access to the open research materials and the archival collections. My final three weeks were devoted to processing a collection in Acquisitions: The Hugh B. Brown Family Papers.

After the completion of my practicum, my weekly blog posts switched focus to my volunteer work and internship at the Archives of the City of Kingsport, the progress of my Capstone Project, and my explorations in genealogy and local history. I am an indexer for and a member of the Society of Tennessee Archivists.

You can subscribe to this blog by clicking on the Subscribe to Blog page, or by clicking on the Twitter or RSS icon on the home page. You can follow me on Twitter via @archiventures. I have several interesting boards on Pinterest about local and family history. I have a HistoryPin channel for mapping ancestral locations, as well.

my genealogical adventures

My Genealogical Adventures
Blog type: Family

The first goal of my blog is to network with other people studying their family history and hopefully make some connections. The second goal is to document the stories that are rolling around in my head when it comes to documents and photos I’ve tracked down. So many of these items have a back story that make them so much more interesting than just simply the photograph. I’ve been looking for an outlet to share stories about particular ancestors without the onerous task of sharing my whole tree at once and this seems to be a good way to do it.

random genealogy tidbits

Random Genealogy Tidbits
Blog type: Family, Professional

I research in the south eastern United States, as well as general research in U.S. records including census, vital records, military records, etc.

rooted in research

Rooted In Research
Blog type: Family

Blog primarily focuses on my father’s surname, Funderburg (German), and my mother’s surname, Hudson ( Irish Surname McGough, ) and the paper research required to document actual ancestors sharing DNA.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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New Genealogy Blogs 29 March 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 7 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using any follow feature listed on the blog
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

ancestor mysteries

Ancestor Mysteries
Blog type: Family, Scandinavia, Sweden

Most of my Swedish relatives and ancestors were notoriously silent about their lives and our family history, except for my mother. In trying to understand her, I realized I needed to listen closely to her stories and try to figure out what really happened with her parents and grandparents. What those people did affected her decisions and actions and now I see they have affected mine also.

Then my cousins and I held a reunion where we brought together our old photos, letters and stories, including rumors. It was now imperative to dive into the genealogical research (släktforskning) process. While uncovering new family members and securing their birth, marriage and death information, I found myself having more fun researching the numerous mysteries that had surfaced and was surprised at how many I was able to solve. It helped that I lived in Sweden for many years and can read the language. My family also has links with Norwegian, Finnish and Danish people.

Together with the mysteries, I was intrigued by the old photographs and what tidbits can be gleaned from them. So I wanted to provide a place where I and others can share and discuss old photos and little family mysteries and how to go about solving them. Sometimes the family stories contain inaccuracies (intentional or not), so it is important to be able to evaluate them just as a genealogist assesses his/her sources.

I hope you find the blog topics interesting and can even help me find some answers to remaining mysteries. Please send in some photos and/or mysteries of your own Scandinavian ancestors and maybe we can work on them together.

aunt barbs papers

Aunt Barb’s Papers
Blog type: Family

For me, starting a genealogy blog is a little like starting genealogy research.  I have lots of different ideas for my posts, just like I had lots of ancestors that I wanted to find out about.

So as not to make the same mistake I made with my research, let me take a deep breath, not get ahead of myself and introduce you to “Aunt Barb’s Papers”, and well, Aunt Barb.

Why “Aunt Barb’s Papers”?

When my niece Courtney was younger and I just started researching, I couldn’t seem to be around any of my family without showing off a print out of something I found, a census record, a death certificate or a newspaper article.  She started making comments such as “here comes Aunt Barb and her papers”.  Well, not so long after, Aunt Barb’s papers helped Courtney with a school assignment (although I supplied her with far more information than was needed for her assignment).

So who is Aunt Barb?

Although I have been doing research on my family for 10 calendar years, I still consider myself a beginning amateur genealogist.  I am a casual researcher, putting in about 10 hours a month.  I have about 9,000 individuals in my tree but many without reliable sources because when I started I wasn’t very good at recording where I got my information.  So now I’m trying to go back and correct my rookie mistakes.

So, I hope that you will enjoy following along with me on my journey.

eastlick name project

Eastlick Name Project
Blog type: Surname, United Kingdom

As administrator of a DNA Name Project in Family Tree DNA, I decided to inform and assist the project members through the development of a Blog.  Now I use my Blog to share my genealogy research, as well as other researchers’ work, and as a place to provide the needed paper documentation I gain through my travels to the land where our name was first documented (Devon and Cornwall in England).  Although my Blog primarily focuses on my father’s surname, my goal is to expand it to related family lines and the paper research required to document actual ancestors sharing DNA.  I hope through this Blog to contribute to the field of genealogy and the expansion of DNA use in documenting our families.

genealogy rules

Genealogy Rules
Blog type: Family

My blog will contain everything to do with genealogy, including the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. I’m also looking to upload old documents, for example old apprenticeship records.

leslie lewis

Leslie Lewis
Blog type: Family

Leslie Lewis — Join me on my journey into the past.

“My goal is not to leave a detailed list of names and dates… please see my family tree on for that. Here I want to talk about the process of finding out about these ancestors of mine. As I find out more about them, they come alive to me. I hope to share with you some of the exciting twists and turns along my path of research…”

rooted in foods

Rooted In Foods
Blog type: Family, Food, Recipes

I’m a Midwestern “meat and potatoes” kind of girl. I love food, I consider family my first priority, and I’m a sucker for American heritage. All of those loves have been mixed into this site with a large splash of genealogy to top it off. I’m an only child, but was raised around aunts, uncles, and cousins “out the wazoo” … that’s Midwestern for “there’s a lot of us”. When we added all of our friends to family gatherings – because they were important, too – we grew to rather large numbers.

Food was always central to our gatherings, and the foods we ate were often from recipes handed down at least a few generations. We’re mostly German, but my Grandpa Raines made sure we had a little Scotch-Irish mixed in, too. When he and my Grandma (Schuster) married, that full blooded German line was pretty well wrecked!

Foods Grandma prepared were often German in heritage even though she would never admit it … that’s another story! My grandparents weren’t exactly poor, but as children of the Great Depression, they tended to be frugal and very economical.

Grandma raised her family on gardens, back yard chickens and found foods. She kept bacon grease in a coffee tin next to the stove. She canned and preserved food to help get through rough winters and didn’t waste anything.

Food has always been important to my family. It helps tell the story of our lives. Food is part of our heritage. It links us to our culture in ways we don’t necessarily realize and often take for granted. Food helps explain why we are who we are.

Through this site, I will share my passions with you … food, heritage, family history and, of course, recipes.

I will take some of those old recipes that take forever to prepare and remake them to fit today’s lifestyles.

I will introduce you to the “old” way of eating … a way that is making a “clean” comeback as society focuses more on local and seasonal foods.

I will introduce you to crazy things like vinegar pie and tell you why we ate them!

I hope to help you connect the dots between the generations of your own family and maybe discover something you didn’t know about yourself.

I’m Rooted in Foods … and hope you find ways to establish some roots of your own.

the allen gazette

The Allen Gazette
Blog type: Family

This blog is my work of love and promise to my Grandmother. I promised her that I would continue her work of exploring and recording our family history. She taught me what to do and how to record the information. I hope she is proud of me.  She thought I would one day write a book of our history. Times have changed and a book is definitive, in that you must  mark a point in which you are done. I cannot imagine ever being done, ever feeling completed. I love playing detective, researching and hunting down information. Lucky for me, I have an alternative to writing a book as we now have blogs in which to record. We have Google maps with which we can locate addresses of ancestral homes. Add digital cameras and the easy way we upload photos, and I feel confident my grandmothers would be quite impressed with the information available to us.

This blog serves as an open notebook, where I am transcribing my notes, charts and photos of my past. I have created category pages to the left. I am picking away at them, adding information, pictures, and links. I have boxes and notebooks upon notebooks, filled with the results of hours upon hours of library work. They will all eventually be completed here.

Within this blog, you will find that I write letters to my Grandmother, it is my way of continuing my conversation with her. I miss my genealogy adventures with her.

Thanks for visiting,


P.S. The photo in the upper corner is not of my grandmother, Sarah Balentine who gave me my love of genealogy. It is of her mother, my Great Grandmother, Inez Allen Kohler. Inez was the one who wanted her children to have an appreciation of their past. She treasured it and had no modern conveniences to help her. Each generation that came after, had less interest and Sarah feared all would be lost forever. Sarah and her sister Eunice drafted me as family historian. They taught me everything and gave me what photos and papers they had stashed away in safe keeping. As I learned to fly with my own wings in this new passion, they both assured me that  Great Grammy Inez would be thrilled to know she had a great grand daughter out there researching family details. Eunice once said to me, ” I never wonder where my mother is, I know she’s in the back of your car, thrilled to be heading for a day with you at the Mayflower Society library. Trust me, she’s right there beside you”.

We all wanted Inez to be proud of this work, so for all of us, I put Inez’s photo in the upper corner so she can be looking over this work that is a tribulation to her love of family history.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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