There are 5 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
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- adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”
Here are this week’s new listings:
Dick Wåhlin bloggar om släktforskning och även lite annat också
Blog type: Family, Sweden, Swedish
Swedish: Jag heter Dick Wåhlin och bor i Bankeryd strax utanför Jönköping
Jag är mycket intresserad av släktforskning och samlar därför både stora och små episoder i livet från både förr i tiden men även från nutid. När man börjar att släktforska vill man ofta komma så lång bakåt i tiden som möjligt och det är också något som jag redan gjort. Numera är det mycket mer intressant att samla små vardagliga berättelser om både människor som lever idag och givetvis om dem som har levt för längre sedan. Det nämligen dessa berättelser som skapar innehåll till släktforskningen. Visst är det intressant med namn och datum på äldre släktingar men det är berättelserna om hur och var de levt sina liv som ger verkligt innehåll till forskningen. Så mitt råd till alla som vill börja att släktforska är att samla berättelser och skriv ner dem. Det som är nutid idag blir snart bortglömt men du kan göra det till en viktig del av din egen släktforskning för kommande generationer.
English (via Google Translate): My name is Dick Wåhlin and live in Bankeryd just outside Jönköping
I am very interested in genealogy and collector therefore both large and small episodes in the life of both the old days but also from the present. When one begins to family research one often wants to get as long back as possible and it’s also something that I already did. Nowadays it’s much more interesting to collect small everyday stories of both people alive today and of course about those who have lived long ago. It namely those stories that create content for genealogy. Is not it interesting with names and dates on elderly relatives but there are stories of how and where they lived their lives that gives real substance to the research. So my advice to anyone who wants to start their family history is to gather stories and write them down. What is present today will be soon forgotten but you can make it an important part of your own family history for future generations.
Family Tree Discovery
Blog type: Family, Virginia
I’m a Richmond native with deep Virginia roots. What started as a little dabbling into the census records of my family on a family member’s Ancestry.com account many years ago has become a full-blown passion for family history and genealogy research.
My personal objectives are to gather more than just names, but to learn the whys and hows of my ancestors’ lives and to learn as much as I can about the art and science of genealogy so that I can eventually help others to do the same.
The purpose of this blog is to share my findings so that others researching their Virginia roots can make the same kinds of connections that have helped me to break through so many of those inevitable brick walls.
Blog type: African-American, Family
I’m currently a resident of Boston after decades of living in London and the incredibly stunning Cornwall. I’m a part-time University lecturer in Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Integrated Communications and Online Networking. I’m also an Integrated Digital Communications Director & CEO in the entertainment and media industry.
Genealogy has joined a number of my pursuits. Starting as something of a new hobby and a birthday present for my dad, genealogy has become something of a semi-professional sideline. Equally informative and fun, this adventure serves a bigger purpose for me. Genealogy has proven that strangers can sometimes be connected in surprising ways. Tracing my family tree has placed my family in a much wider context than I could have ever originally envisaged. Surprise revelations and unexpected twists and turns connects my family to places, historical events and people neither me nor my family could have guessed. That’s the fun of genealogy. My motto is to abandon suppositions and nuggets of information that have been passed down the generations as fact – and approach your adventure in genealogy with an open mind…and embrace the unexpected.
If I’ve learned anything, I’ve learned why I’ve always loved bockwurst, sauerkraut with hot mustard along with Baumkuchen. And I’ve learned why moving to England felt like a homecoming.
Blog type: Australia, Australian, Professional Genealogist
Who is Genie1?
Louise Coakley – BBus, CPA, MBA
Genie1 is me – Louise Coakley. I have more than 15 years online genealogical research experience. I have been a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria for more than 13 years, and I am also a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists and the Cairns & District Family History Society. I am passionate about helping other people learn to research their families, I love a good challenge and I enjoy solving family mysteries!
My professional qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business (Data Processing), and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), as well as a long list of other professional development courses and activities. Clients benefit from my highly-developed analytical and research skills, problem solving abilities, attention to detail, high standards of quality and integrity, and my extensive experience, which combine to deliver superior quality genealogical research and reporting outcomes.
My first exposure to family history research was in my university years when I occasionally accompanied my sister and mother to the Victorian State Library and the Genealogical Society of Victoria whilst they were researching my mother’s side of the family (pre-internet days).
My early professional career was with one of Australia’s ASX Top 100 corporations, specialising in mainframe information systems support, accounting, data management, systems and procedural documentation, data research & analysis, decision support, and training employees in systems, quality improvement, data integrity, information accessibility, and reporting. I was an early adopter of the internet, very familiar with databases and methods of extraction, an experienced trainer of individuals and groups in accessing and manipulating data from multiple sources and turning it into meaningful information, as well as a writer of training course materials, user manuals, guides, fact sheets, and simple system documentation that non-technical end users could easily understand and follow – eg. step-by-step instructions including screen-prints.
When I was later at home with young children, I became interested in family history myself, got online, joined mailing lists, corresponded with numerous interesting people around the world (related and unrelated), bought a microfiche reader and sets of microfiche, CDs, parish records, censuses & directories, scoured library books and references, did thousands of fiche lookups and transcriptions for myself and in response to other people’s online queries. As soon as online databases became available, I subscribed and supported them and have watched as technology and digitisation of records has changed basic research forever.
There are, of course, still millions of unindexed and unscanned records hidden away in archives all over the world, just waiting to be discovered. I enjoy teaching people to start their initial research online where records are readily available and the genealogy bug is waiting to be caught, and in time leading them to non-online materials as their experience increases, to expand their foundation genealogies into interesting family histories.
Blog type: Family
Welcome to K & T Genealogy! Please make yourself at home.
K & T stands for Ken and Trina and on this site you will learn about our genealogy research. My name is Ken Spangler and my wife’s name is Trina (Julius) Spangler.
My personal research was started around the summer of 2000 and I have quite a bit of information to share. My wife’s research, done mainly by me, is not that thorough. It will probably be the one that gets the least attention at first but I promise it will eventually get some attention.
So, let’s get to the surnames, shall we? My 4 main surnames are Spangler, Gamble, Forbes and Stevenson. My wife’s 4 main surnames are Julius, Light, Norton and Foulk. My initial plans are to add pages for Ken’s Paternal and Ken’s Maternal and for Trina’s Paternal and Trina’s Maternal and then feature our research from there.
There will also be a blog page where I can share what is happening, update on my research and perhaps share a tip or two every now and then.
I hope you will enjoy your stay and feel free to visit as often as you’d like!
Radiant Roots, Boricua Branches
Blog type: African-American, Family, Latino, Puerto Rico
For the past decade, I have been researching my genealogy. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that I began to research my family history in depth. Aided by my third cousin Andrea, I have been able to uncover more than I could have ever imagined about my maternal ancestors. On this side of my family, I am the descendant of slaves, slave owners whose roots trace back to early colonial VA, NY/NJ and New England, Free People of Color, Native Americans, European immigrants, early Black abolitionists, Underground Railroad stationmasters and conductors, educators, businessmen/women, and Black church founders. It is these ancestors whom I refer to as RADIANT ROOTS. They left a legacy that still shines brightly today.
My parents separated when I was three years old and I was raised by a single mother and her parents. My father resurfaced, after the death of my mother in 1991, when I was 23 years old. I am thankful that I had a good 10 years getting to know him before he passed away. Because he was an only child and his parents passed away when I was a toddler, I never knew anyone on his side of the family. But, thanks to DNA testing, I have found my Puerto Rican cousins. BORICUA BRANCHES refers to the Puerto Rican side of my family— a side I am so happy to have rediscovered.
The Genealogy Bug
Blog type: Australia, Australian, Family
The aim of this blog is to collect and share information that might be of interest to other genealogists & family history researchers. This includes:
- Information, ideas, links I find helpful, articles from other blogs & newsletters I read & news about genealogy in general.
- My own research & research interests (both in Australia & overseas) and learning activities I take part in (formal & informal).
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