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:
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- adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”
Here are this week’s new listings:
Reading Genealogical Fiction
Blog type: Research
Writing Family History
Blog type: Writing
I am an amateur genealogist and a professional teacher of literature. Both professions require me to also be a reader and a researcher.
I was lucky in that I started gathering my family’s history early, beginning as many do by badgering parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties for information. My questions were often vague; their memories were sometimes unreliable. Like most family historians, I regret that I did not ask enough informed questions when I had the opportunity. Also like most, I love the pursuit of elusive detail.
I have been teaching Literature and Writing for nearly twenty years, primarily at Vancouver Island University, a small West Coast teaching institution that fosters local and international community relationships. My goal in teaching is to nourish a desire for reading, inspire curiosity, and ignite the imagination.
This site, with two blogs “Reading the Literature” and “Writing Family History,” brings the strands of my two passions—literature and genealogy—together.
Under the Linden Tree
Blog type: Family
Inspired by my family’s Lindenbaum namesake, Under the Linden Tree documents both my personal family tree findings and my journey to hone my genealogy practice, hopefully leading to certification and professional application.
The linden tree, also called the “tree of lovers,” with its sturdy trunk and abundant, heart-shaped leaves, is considered sacred in Eastern European and Slavic culture. Communities gathered beneath the trees not only to celebrate and dance, but also to hold judicial meetings, thus designating the linden tree a symbol of truth. Linden trees are known for their endurance and longevity. The legend of the ancient linden tree in the courtyard of the Imperial Castle at Nuremberg says that it was planted over 1,000 years ago and in 1900, when it was sick and almost completely bare, the tree was lovingly brought back to life and flourished with tender care. My aim here is to revive and grow my own family tree with love, passion and the pursuit of truth.
I have over four years of research experience and am a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. Areas of interest include: Kings County/East New York, Ontario CAN, Southern Maine Coast, Minneapolis, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, and Ireland.
Surnames: Lindenbaum, Schwartz, Feinberg, Kirshenblatt, Sheridan, Kelly, Greene, O’Connor
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