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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New Genealogy Blogs 15 March 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:

chasing hannah

Chasing Hannah
Blog type: Family

Growing up, I never was a fan of history.  Boring, boring, boring.  None of those people mattered to me, and remembering dates seemed like an enormous waste of time.  And those freaky people who stared back at you in old photos! Could they look any more stoic and depressed?  I figured those people never saw a day of fun in their life.

I suppose growing older and wiser (depends who you ask about this one!) opened me to the fact of the rich heritage that precedes us.  Childhood, education, falling in love, building a family, religion, careers, struggle, war, growing older, health and sickness, and departing the earth.  Times may have changed, but I don’t think people have too much.

Even though world history didn’t intrigue me as a child, family history always interested me.  My parents divorced when I was very young.  My mother, the daughter of missionaries, grew up in the Belgian Congo and the Philippines, and we didn’t keep in touch with her family regularly as they scattered across the US upon returning.  My father came from a boisterous family who settled in Baltimore around the time of WWII.  Many happy weekends and holidays were spent at my grandparents’ house with aunts, uncles and cousins.

On my father’s side, no one ever quite knew where we all came from.  My maiden name being Stafford suggests England.  But there were so many family “rumors” over the years that we tended to have a mishmash of heritages:  “Oh, your grandfather’s mother probably had some Italian (pronounced Eye-talian) in her;” “I’m pretty sure we’ve got Indian in us somewhere.”

About five years ago I finally endeavored to research all the questions I had.  And that search has brought a richness to my life in ways I never expected.  I hope to share my research journey and hopefully encourage others to start a search of their own.  I can honestly promise you the search will change your life and cut through your heart in ways you could never have imagined.

I’m calling it Chasing Hannah in honor of my paternal great-grandmother.  What I found out about her changed my life completely and opened my heart. And broke it.

I am not a writer, nor do I claim to be.  My background is in the theatre.  And some experience in photography.  I’m a visual person.  I hope to include many photographs of my own in this blog.  Some will be old, most hopefully come from my eye and camera.

I also love food.  Food brings people together in beautiful ways.  Laughter, conversation, a way to connect with family, colleagues, and friends old and new.  My husband and I have a food blog called The Pêche.  Much love has been put into that.  Food plays a huge part in our lives, and hopefully a lot of discussion will surround cooking as well.

So I’m ready to start my journey, and hopefully you can start yours as well.  Onward.  And backward through history!

climbing the family trees

Climbing the Family Trees
Blog type: Family

I started this process of finding where my family is from several months ago with one goal in mind – be able to tell my father exactly where he came from.  My dad is one proud Irish man and I wanted to tell him exactly where in Ireland his ancestors were born.  This journey has taken me to places I could never have imagined and I am but an infant in this vast world of research.  I am so overwhelmed I have decided to take this research out of my head and computer and onto the big screen where I can hopefully compose my thoughts into one giant blog and I can finally follow my train of thought in this process.  I know want to travel to places I never even thought of to find homes, graves and records to add to my research so I can hand my father a gift.  The exact location of where his family originated.

letters from martin

Letters from Martin
Blog type: Diaries, Family, Letters

In 2011, I discovered a dozen letters written between 1898 and 1927 from an unknown family member. A year later I joined a family reunion on the other side of the world. “Letters from Martin” (“this blog”) is about how I learned genealogical research; it is about the people I met, their stories and other discoveries I made.

It’s a personal blog. Its purpose is to inspire people to search for their ancestors and to provide information and links to web sites that can be helpful for amateur genealogists.

Please note: Any opinions expressed in this blog are my own and are not shared or endorsed by my employer.

My sincere thanks goes to all the people of the genealogy community who have helped me to overcome dead ends and pointed me to valuable resources for my research; to the all the unnamed people from the archives all over Europe for quickly answering my inquiries and to those who worked hard to put all the resources online. You did a great job!

Georg, tracker and scout from Bavaria, Germany, who guided me through the “wilderness” in Bohemia and helped me to discover the trails, places and even the remains of some houses my ancestors lived in.

The Museum of the Bohemian Forrest from which I could borrow research material that was out of print.

Ulrike from Germany, who helped me to connect the German and Austrian line of my family.

Hans from Austria, who acted as the guardian for the 100 year old research for one of my lines that I could build on.

Marge from Nebraska, USA, who helped me to connect and complete the line of an uncle, who emigrated to the U.S.

Special thanx goes to Ben from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a relative whom I found during my research (actually, he found me :). He helps me with proofreading.

And finally, heartily greetings to Laura from Arizona, USA. Thank you for showing me around on the land of Martin.

roots of kinship

Roots of Kinship
Blog type: Family

Roots of Kinship documents my family history, including all the fun facts I find, photos of ancestors and information on how I did my research.  It includes how-to tutorials, transcriptions of documents, and a surname list linked to posts about those surnames.  I am an amateur genealogist, with a professional seriousness about the craft.  I spend a lot of time educating myself on research techniques, available sources, and best practices.  I enjoy sharing how I apply this to my own research with others.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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New Genealogy Blogs 8 March 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 10 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:

a la French Genealogy Blog

a la French Genealogy Blog
Blog type: French

I’ve been married 30 yrs to a wonderful man, mother of 6 living children, three with Jesus, grandmother of 7, and crazy about French genealogy. I love reading mysteries, and am inspired by many crafters, sewers, knitters, and inexpensive ideas to fix up and decorate the home.

armenians in india

Armenians in India – Behind the Scenes Forgotten History
Blog type: Armenia, Armenian, India, Indian

Fascinated by Armenian family history in Asia, I have decided to share some of my research finds here. Many of the documents I post have never been seen in public and I hope you find them interesting. My research is peppered with stories of the lost, forgotten, the ordinary and extra-ordinary, there are indigo planters, bathroom attendants, apothecaries, architects and priests, barristers and bank managers, engineers and time-keepers, doctors, farriers, teachers, mechanics, musicians, magistrates, portrait painters, and valets – they all had a life, they all have a story and I’m trying to do them all. For Armenian graves in India and other historical postings please see my main website

family tree

Family Tree
Blog type: Family

Starting my journey on blogging about my family tree. I have been working on my tree since 1996 and have hit several walls. I have also connected with new family members and broke through some of those walls. I am now hoping to connect to even more family member and correcting mistakes in my tree. I think blogging is a great way to tell those stories we all hear about from family and sharing them. With a family tree blog, maybe a story will connect another family or help another to find that missing link they have looked all over to find. That is what I am hoping to do as well.

genealogy under constructions

Genealogy Under Construction
Blog type: Family, Latino, Puerto Rico

I started my blog to keep track of my research of my family which hails from Puerto Rico. My blog deals with record searching, ancestors’ stories, DNA testing/discoveries and everything that falls in between. As of recent, my blog has begun to include research of my recently discovered ancestors from Martinique and Guadeloupe, their journey, and the genealogical brick walls associated with them. As a New York born Puerto Rican, I want to show through my blog that researching your ancestors is just as real and possible for Puerto Ricans!

genealogy universe

Genealogy Universe
Blog type: Family

A brief description is sort of difficult. I am just getting started as a blogger. I only post now and then, but want to do it more often. The posts are about whatever is on my mind, so there is no theme as such. I called it “Genealogy Universe” because it is about anything touching genealogy, or what I think about genealogy.

larcom family tree

Larcom Family Tree
Blog type: Family

Genealogy, family history and stories about my Larcom family – from the Alps to America, MA to FL, and all the details in-between.

putnam sisters

Putnam Sisters
Blog type: Family

I  started my genealogy search in 1984 to provide a little family history for the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration of our parents, Lloyd F. PUTNAM and Dorothy A. (née. DOUGHERTY). The presentation made was well received but there were a lot of questions related to family stories that were unanswered.  My sister, Madeleine, became interested in finding some of those answers so we joined forces and made our first trip to Salt Lake City’s Family History Library in 1991. After many years of off and on research, field trips, one website, several online classes, and getting our family members to do their DNA, I have decided to start this family blog This is the result of many enjoyable hours we have spent trying to solve the mysteries within our family history. There are still some elusive relatives and Madeleine has been known to ask on occasion, “When will we be done?”

the glamorous genealogist

The Glamorous Genealogist
Blog type: Family

I live in Los Angeles California. I have a love/hate relationship with this city. The hates: traffic ,pollution, general chaos, inferior grocery stores. The Loves: the ocean, the opportunities, sunshine and year round fresh strawberries……….. I have been researching Genealogy/family history for 18 years. I am a member of several lineage societies including The Daughters of The American Revolution. I write the occasional article for genealogical magazines. I have coerced male family members into participating in Family Tree DNA testing and have done the MTDNA tests myself. I am currently working on assembling information to publish as a member of The Guild of One Name Studies. I am responsible for the surname Bowles and its variants. I work on genealogy daily and although I am not a certified genealogist, I have been active in helping others research their family trees.

the lost scrapbooks

The Lost Scrapbooks
Blog type: Family

From the early 1920s to the late 1960s, my great grandfather created a bunch scrapbooks that were lost to our family for over 40 years.  Eleven of them have since been reclaimed.  This blog contains the articles, photos, and other memorabilia found in those scrapbooks – with commentary and information (as available) on individuals mentioned in the articles.

were all relative

We’re All Relative
Blog type: Family

As a girl I was curious about small things. I lay face-down in the meadow on sunny days and watched ants and beetles climb the delicate stems of storksbill or poppy. On rainy days I poked through drawers and cabinets and studied whatever treasures I found. Some of our cabinets held scraps of paper written by my grandmother, telling where that piece of furniture or that scrap of cloth came from. Not what store or what city, but what ancestor. There was a chest of drawers that belonged to Sir Isaac Newton’s half-sister. A blue and white blanket made of wool my great-great grandmother wove and loomed herself. A basket. A scrapbook. A metal box…. So many things that connected me to people long ago. This became a life-long interest, and the reason for my blog. I now have thousands of files, photos, articles, and the accumulated history of nearly 1,500 years of ancestors. Eventually, they will all be stored here. An ambitious goal, but I’ll take it one post at a time. I still like to lie face-down in spring meadows, my nose in the poppies and lupine. I don’t do it as much as I should.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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