New Genealogy Blogs 1 February 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:

a distant view

A Distant View
Blog type: Research

This blog is mostly a discussion of genealogy research, with a focus on process and methodology.  I’ll occasionally jump into related areas such as software or technology or, who knows, something further afield. My target audience is intermediate or transitional genealogists and those terms deserve a blog of their own.  This is my attempt to point in the direction of sound research techniques and avoid the pitfalls of bad habits or just plain careless research.  Not everyone will be interested but if a person wishes to be a professional, or at least work like a professional, then perhaps there will be ideas here that can help.  The opinions are my own and I receive no compensation and take no advertisements for this site.

My background is in aerospace and medical research with an extended period of time teaching at a university.  I’ve written on product development methodology as well as quality improvement processes in for-profit companies, and moved into researching my own family history some 15 years ago.  The easy part of the history is done and I’m well into the hard part – the pre-1800 people where records become scarce, the women who have almost no records, the ancestors that seem to have no parents and appeared magically in colonial America.  In the past, I’ve worked with clients on their family research but no longer engage in this area – I just write about what is interesting.

Earlier Years

Earlier Years
Blog type: Australia, Australian, Family

This blog is my memorial to my parents, Hannah and Eddie Horgan, their ancestors and many relatives who have wandered this earth in earlier years.

This is my way of sharing stories and things I found regarding those ancestors:  newspaper articles, pictures, obituaries, tombstones and other records.

I have retired from many years of paid work as a teacher and librarian and now enjoy extra leisure time with my husband. As well as reading, sewing and researching folks of interest related to me from the early days of South Australia, I enjoy supporting my local library.

My other blog at Library Currants covers my reading and computer interests. The page graphics on this blog have been made in the Noteography app a recent acquisition on my ipad.

family puzzle pieces

Family Puzzle Pieces
Blog type: Family

As I was setting up this blog site, coming up with a name was very easy. Genealogy is very much like a puzzle. Researching a family you never get the whole picture at once. As we look thru old family photos we get pieces. As we go thru the family bible we find names and dates–more pieces. As we begin go ask questions and interview family members–more pieces. As we begin to travel to cemeteries, libraries, and court houses . . . there are several more pieces. Not until we sit down and begin to enter the information into our computer program of choice….not until we hunt down as much information as we can  possibly cull from the census…not until we fill out the timeline of a family or begin to write their story do we have the full picture.

When my husband and I first started dating we would put puzzles together as funds we few. To this day at Thanksgiving or Christmas family get-togethers someone usually breaks out a Charles Wysocki puzzle to start assembling. It’s always a good way to get several family members around a table to start talking about memories and good times. Most times the puzzle isn’t totally completed before everyone has to leave but the memories are and a new generation has learned that life can be fun without cell phones, I-Pods and video games.

For almost a year now I have been hunting down puzzle pieces, and very early on I realized I probably won’t find all of them, and I won’t be able to finish the big picture of the past, but that’s ok. I just look at the picture of my family today and it’s wonderful.


Blog type: Geography, Maps, Vendor is a service of Arphax Publishing Co., a critically acclaimed publisher of reference tools for historians and genealogists.

This blog serves two purposes:

  • To entertain and educate with interesting historical, biographical, and genealogical findings, usually with a strong emphasis on the PLACES behind the events and people involved. These posts will often involve well-known public figures and/or their ancestors, including celebrities, political figures, criminals, and others. Other subjects will include findings made via the tools at and we welcome submissions from our users, for possible inclusion in future articles (email address is below).
  • To inform people of new content and research tools available from, as well as instructional material (or links to instructional videos, etc.)

Most, if not all research-related blog posts will include both free links to source materials and subscriber-only links that users of can use to directly navigate to underlying maps that relate to the article.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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New Genealogy Blogs 25 January 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:

ancestors unKnown - ancestors blogging

Ancestors unKnown – Ancestor Blogging
Blog type: African-American, Education

Every individual has a story, influenced by both the present and the past.  And every individual has a right to know and tell that story.

Yet, throughout the African Diaspora, particularly among those who descend from survivors of slavery and colonialism, stories of history and ancestry remain untold and largely unknown.  Many assume knowledge of our Black ancestors has been lost forever, a permanent consequence of a cruel global history.

But this may not be true.  Although the process may be harder and the rewards more limited, Black family history research challenges the notion that our ancestors have been erased from our memories. Rather, many of these ancestors simply wait to be discovered.  And then celebrated, of course.

Empowered to discover their ancestors and re-write their histories, young people are set to achieve the greatness their ancestors would have hoped for them, both academically and personally.

branches and twigs

Branches and Twigs
Blog type: Family, Missouri

I caught the genealogy research bug accidentally. When I was in the 4th grade, my maternal grandmother was at my house for a visit. She asked me what we were learning about in school and I responded that we had started a unit on the Civil War. She proceeded to tell me that her great-grandfather, Isaac Stapp, had been in the Civil War. I had no idea that any of my ancestors were Civil War veterans and I vowed to learn what I could about this one ancestor.

About ten years later, I visited with the same grandmother. She handed me a manila folder filled with pedigree charts, newspaper articles, and letters to and from my third great-grandfather regarding another ancestor.

I have been filling in my family tree ever since! Please view my Surnames & Locations page to see if our branches may cross.

city girl in a writers world

City Girl in a Writer’s World
Blog type: African-American, Family, Writing Your Family History

Welcome to my blog. Since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed writing. By no means am I an expert writer, but my gift of oral storytelling has encouraged me to put my stories on paper or on the internet in this case. I have challenged myself this year (2014) to write a story a month, and I’ve created this blog as a way to stay accountable. Please feel free to give me feedback on my work. My goal is to build a collection of good quality prose through blogging. Thanking you in advance for your interest and feedback.

connies comments

Connie’s Comments About Genealogy and Family
Blog type: Family, Professional

Connie Lenzen is a full-time professional genealogist who has a passion for finding the answers to research questions. Those answers are sometimes found by studying what was going on around the ancestors.

For more information on Connie’s services, go to


Blog type: Family, Michigan

Mostly true, possibly irreverent, and always relative.

FrankenGen shares my explorations and discoveries into the world of my progenitors.  It exists to exchange resources, stories, history, and genealogy centered on the Franconian colonies of Michigan’s Saginaw Valley; however, this is only a starting point.  Geographically, FrankenGen extends beyond its roots, expanding its scope into an encompassing “German Lutheran Genealogy” of the American Midwest.  (Ambitiously overstated.)  And when I run out of things to say about them, FrankenGen may at times segue into the English.  Even the French.

from mowat and beyond

From Mowat and Beyond
Blog type: Aboriginal, Canada, England, Manitoba, Newspaper, Ukraine

I am a amateur genealogist from Canada who is interested in exploring my ancestry from Manitoba and beyond. I will use this blog to document genealogical finds in newspapers and other sources as well as other interesting tidbits surrounding my family and others from the surrounding area.

Names: Allary, Basham, Ellis, Galbraith, Goodson, Holt, Johnston, Kotlarchuk, Masiowski, Moxam, Munro, Pascal, Pelletier, Reader, Ritchie, Storrar, White


Canada, Manitoba. Dauphin, Municipality of Mossey River (Fork River, Winnipegosis)

Canada, Ontario. Renfrew North (Forresters Falls, Ross, Westmeath)

Canada, Québec. Montréal, Ottawa (Hull)

England, London. Hackney

Ukraine (Galicia). Borshiv, Ternopil (Tsyhany)


Blog type: Family, Russian

OK, we’ll help you. The family tree creating is not so expensive as it seems. Because a lot of the work you are able to do yourself.

You can :

1. visit your relatives and record the information with dictaphone. If you write on a paper, you’ll miss a half of memories. Remember each person knows more than he (she) thinks.

2 . search your relatives via the Internet: social networks, genealogy sites.

3 . contain documents in the computer files, scan photos and inserted into the text and start preparing a book titled ” My Family History.”

4 . not rush to analyze. Human behavior in the past should not be logical from the point of view of modern man.

5 . want to visit the archive. Remember, it’s the latest thing you to do.

6. working with any document (metric, online document, a list of names) research it to the end, even if you have feel nothing will be found :)))

7. if the record is not clear in the document, try to redraw this record on the paper. Buy a magnifying glass :)))

8. Most important, the archive search should be your last deal. Communicate with people, via internet, go to the the library for new ideas and new information .

9. The emergence of ” brick wall ” (you do not know where to look next) – a sign of human error in the documents (for example, writing of the name or surname) , your own misunderstanding or lack of understanding of the past life . It detects you will need professional help.

If a person from the past “does not want ” to be found , it is necessary to clarify the situation in which he lived.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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New Genealogy Blogs 18 January 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 6 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 sleuth hound

Ancestor Sleuth Hound
Blog type: Cemetery, Cemeteries, Family

Hello and thank you for visiting my website. My name is David Walton, and I’ve been researching my family’s genealogy for years in the Louisville, KY area.

There’s nothing more thrilling than discovering a long-lost relative — whether living or dead — while digging into your family’s past.

At the same time, it’s not uncommon to uncover a dark family secret or scandal that was never intended to be unearthed! And yes, I’ve encountered my share of surprises.

When not researching my family roots, I can be found traveling around Kentucky and Tennessee in my current job with Uncle Sam. Before that, I worked as a features writer and entertainment columnist at a major metropolitan newspaper.

I created this site in the hopes of inspiring others to pursue their lineage by sharing my own perceptions and experiences. So again, thank you for checking out

genealogy junkie

Genealogy Junkie
Blog type: DNA, Family, United Kingdom

Initially started the website for documenting my family history and to encourage newly identified cousins to undergo DNA testing, and the blog was for  “cousin baiting”.  But the genetic genealogy part of the website has mushroomed and the blog is now including postings on genetic genealogy and DNA.  See for more information.

Meet You In Ohio

Meet You In Ohio
Blog type: Family, Ohio

My name is Cody Nelson.  This blog will be the home for all of the collecting and researching I do in terms of family history and genealogy.  The six main surnames I will be researching, Nelson-Mender, Rains-Eberts, and Malblanc-Whalen.  Any great number of surnames will make an appearance from time to time.

Posts will contain the following, with at least one big update post a month

  • New information (New ancestors, pictures, records)
  • Recaps of trips to places where ancestors once lived, possibly to distant still living relatives.
  • Cultural recipes where necessary (German pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day, Irish corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day)
  • What I’ve learned (research techniques, methods)

I will not be spamming posts to my Facebook every time, so if you would like to know when a new post is up, follow by email subscription.

My Family History

My Family History
Blog type: Family

This is a blog where I post the information I have for my personal family tree. I’m hoping that others will find some of the posts to be of use to their own research. I’m also totally willing to share information with others. All of the images I post here are free to be used for personal, genealogical reasons. Please contact me before you publish any of them though. Also, contact me if you’d like any of the PDFs I mention having, or would like full sized jpgs of any of the images I post.

the casebook of family sherlock

The Casebook of the Family Sherlock
Blog type: Family, Research

The Casebook of Family Sherlock records the activities of Family Sherlock, a genealogy and family history research service in the Rochester, New York area, specializing in Upstate New York, German, Italian and Irish family history stories.

Vita Brevis

Blog type: Genealogy society, Research

Welcome to Vita Brevis, the blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Vita Brevis is designed to offer the reader short essays by the Society’s expert staff on their own research as well as news of the greater genealogical community.

As the nation’s oldest genealogical Society, the NEHGS collection has always contained books and manuscripts on other subjects than New England; now, with its growing database collection, NEHGS is truly a national – and an international – resource for family history.

Vita Brevis will include short posts on research methods – applicable to a variety of genealogical subjects – as well as posts on results. Like a mosaic, these posts will, in time, form a new collection for the genealogical researcher to explore.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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