New Genealogy Blogs 17 May 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 3 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:

barbs family stories

Barb’s Family Stories
Blog type: Family

Welcome. Tracing my family’s history has been a much loved hobby of mine for over 20 years. My mother’s ancestral lines begin in Orange County, New York while my father’s family is from Augusta County, Virginia. Genealogy is about sharing so I’ll be telling my ancestors’ stories in this blog.

chandler family association cfa

Chandler Family Association CFA Blog
Blog type: Surname

Anyone with an interest in Chandler matters anywhere, any time is welcome to join us. Our membership is over 600, with members in 49 U.S. states plus Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Botswana, Barbados, South Africa, Wales and New Zealand. Please visit our official website:

the kiehn edges

The Kiehn Edges and Rustic Gates
Blog type: Family

My blog started as a way for me to share all the information I have accumulated from my own research and the research of others in my family.  I get distracted by a branch and can be lured onto a rabbit trail.  I especially love the history elements and love finding out what was going on around the family at any given time and how events may have influenced them.  This is a new blog for me so I am flopping around a little as of yet!  I am also working on posting the large files on a website to see how that works.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 10 May 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:

bernfeld family

Bernfeld Family of Galicia and More
Blog type: Family, Jewish

I’m a descendant of the Bernfeld family from Galicia, Austria, an area where the borders kept changing and the challenges were great.   The lifestyle of my ancestors was very different back then.  The communities are now gone and all that is left are records in archives and written literature.

The purpose of this blog is to uncover more information and share what I’ve learned.  I did a tremendous amount of research on this family and have many stories to share.  Join me as I explain how I found relatives from the distant past.  Some of their stories are fascinating and there will always be something new to learn.  I’ll also explain how I found information in unconventional ways.

In addition, there will be helpful tips and stories, all to inspire and help you with your search.

genealogy beyond the BMD

Genealogy: Beyond the BMD
Blog type: Canada genealogy, Education, UK genealogy

I started this blog because my mind and my hard drive are both filled to bursting with information I want to share with others, and this is the way I chose to do that. I wasn’t sure if this was a good time to start my blog, because there is a lot going on in my life right now (moving to a new house, naughty puppy, you get the picture) …. but someone once said “Hey.. there’s no time like the present!” so here I am.

Like the title of my blog says, I hope to help people go beyond the birth, marriage and death records in researching their ancestor. Someone once said “You live, and then you die!”  (Who are these people?) Well, we all know there is more to life than that. Stuff happens. People fall in love, fall out of work, live in the city, live through disasters, get sick, get smart, get a life! I like to think of the ancestors on my tree as characters in a really interesting book. In my more than 12 years of doing genealogy research I have come across many resources that I will be sharing with my readers to help add depth to your characters.

One day people will say “Someone once said  ‘Let’s put the vie in c’est la vie!’”

genealogy works

Genealogy Works
Blog type: Education, Occupations, Records

Welcome to Genealogy Works, a blog designed to help genealogists learn their ancestor’s colorful backstory through records created by and about American business.  After months of research and preparation, Genealogy Works, the blog and the family history company, at once come to life.

Genealogy Works will tell you what is cooking in the world of oft overlooked historical sources by and about U.S. companies, and how to navigate them.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, historical business records are non-current records of businesses operating in the U.S. since colonial times to present day.  So whether your ancestor was the Candlestick Maker in Colonial Williamsburg or a 21st-century oil tycoon, you have come to the right place for tips and strategies to bring your ancestor to life.

Who’s behind Genealogy Works? Allow me to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Nancy. I’m your friend and guide on this journey to find your connection to the past. One of the greatest pleasures in doing genealogical research is connecting others with their ancestors.

the dapper historian

The Dapper Historian
Blog type: Education, Professional Genealogist, UK genealogy

Raised with the sensibilities of a century before my time, bitten by the history bug from an early age, university educated in the subject and now working full time for one of the largest Family History & Genealogy companies in the world it’s safe to say that this is more than a profession – it’s a lifestyle.

With a detour into the heady world of nightclub management and a senior marketing agency position, that thirst continued unabated until the opportunity came to make that big switch and follow my passion. I’ve occupied various positions at DC Thomson Family History, working with respected brands such as findmypast worldwide, Genes Reunited and Lives of the First World War in addition to carrying out personal research at every available opportunity to make best use of the valuable resources at my fingertips.

A member of the Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists and several family history societies, I’m currently spreading an infectious love of the subject on a daily basis through my work at findmypast across social media, PR, content, marketing and event attendance. I’ve spoken and exhibited at events across Europe and the United States, from Who Do You Think You Are? live in London to RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I’m immensely lucky in the sense that as a salaried worker rather than freelance I have less of a concern about “paying the bills” and can really focus on that affection for a subject, following a nose for those interesting historical detours that house the very best stories. I don’t currently take clients and so my sole focus is on using the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired to help others to get back further in their own history – whilst enjoying myself in the process!

I’ve been quoted in many national and international newspapers in my role as a spokesperson, fully media trained and interviewed on prime time television in countries as far afield as Australia, but I genuinely love nothing better than to share this passion with you. Whether you’ve seen me speak, know my name or this is your first glimpse of family history – I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know me a little better through my blog and most importantly getting to know a little more about the grand unfolding story that makes us all who we are.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 3 May 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 3 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:

harvesting our past

Harvesting Our Past
Blog type: Family

I am going to periodically write about things that interest me in my genealogical research could be pictures that I need help with naming, people that are special to me, or just a recent brick wall I overcame. I hope it interest and helps all.

sand in my shoes

Sand In My Shoes: A Cape Cod Genealogist
Blog type: Family, Massachusetts, New England

This is a genealogy blog, its focus – my efforts to research my family genealogy and history. I have a good start on, thanks to the research done in years past – before the internet – by my mother Nancy Thacher Reid and my brother David. I have plugged much of their data into my ancestry tree and have continued to add from there.

It is my belief that every family, indeed every person, has a fascinating story to tell. No single life is un-interesting if you learn of its details, and no family story is boring. Because we are all part of the human family, our stories intertwine and this is what makes genealogy so much fun.

My own family history is much like many others. It is filled with early immigrants to Plymouth Colony; pioneers, farmers, sea captains, ministers and tradesmen, women who toiled and bore children and lived and died alongside their husbands and little ones who died young or who grew up and married to add another branch to the growing tree.

I do believe that it is a good thing to be proud of your ancestors, but this should not mean taking credit for their courage or accomplishments or stature. Family pride should mean an honoring of who has come before, no matter their circumstances or station in life, for who they were and the struggles they faced to bring life to the next generations.

Most of my own family story begins in England, Scotland and Ireland, and continues in New England, primarily on Cape Cod, but also Nova Scotia and New York State. You are welcome to these pages, as they are meant to help others who may be researching the same lines, and I would love to hear from my readers via email at:

springhill history blog

Springhill History Blog
Blog type: Geographic, UK genealogy

The site as a whole aims to record the people and places associated with Springhill over the years. This includes the use of genealogy resources and skills, amongst others, to find out more about and better to understand life in the area over time. There is a separate blog, on a different URL within the site, concerning the natural history of the area and the two themes are kept separate. As for the blog itself, the sidebar states: This blog is for material which doesn’t easily fit elsewhere – interesting snippits, occasional photographs, research methods or tips. Material here may make its way onto the main site in due course.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee