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Crash Course in Genealogy/Family History: Read GeneaBloggers

Updated on June 28, 2014

One best way to learn how to do Genealogy, that is, build your Family Tree: Read GeneaBloggers

This lens will lead you to the GeneaBloggers community site, created by Thomas MacEntee, with over 2000 genealogy related bloggers talking about interesting and useful activities EVERY DAY. You can focus on WHAT you want to know, HOW to do it, and WHAT COMES NEXT. I'll make a few other suggestions, to help you get started. Read through the lens to the end, for best results.

I am not Thomas MacEntee, but I support each of his efforts, and I hope you will as well, as I share some elements of the community with you.

Come visit, and see if this is what you need. I think you will find it is.

Link List, in my view

These are blogs I want to recommend at this point. This list may be updated, from time to time.

Blogging Beat
Blogging Beat

Daily Blogging Prompts

Daily Blogging Prompts, in my opinion, are useful in two ways.

First, they give you an organized method of seeking out the information you need to answer your questions and obtain interesting and useful information.

Second, when you decide to create your own blog about your genealogy experience, and I hope and assume you will, Daily Blogging Prompts help organize your initial efforts... until you find your own way. I still use a few of the Daily Blogging Prompts every week, after two plus years.

Book I have written, on Amazon - Check them out, you might find something you like. Thanks!

These two are my fiction works. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments; use Feedback.

Available in both print and Kindle formats.

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace

The novel is set on a farm and in a nearby fictional community located in the southern Missouri Ozark hills and near a fictional western branch of the Current River. The story revolves around a family dilemma following the death of their matriarch and the unusual will she left to insure the continuity of the farm, which has been in her family for over 150 years, intact.

The year is 1987. The varied background and viewpoints of the adult children coming back to the Homeplace ignite controversy and expose long kept secrets as each family member searches for his or her share of the family legacy. While the older family members stake their claims on land and fortunes, the younger ones search for love and acceptance. Subplots involve AIDS Awareness in 1987 issues and a support group for domestic violence incidents.

At the heart of this family life story is how we do or do not effectively communicate among family members - parents with children, among children and grandchildren and that we must each face the consequences of our individual actions. What happens when they come back to the Homeplace?

The Homeplace Revisited
The Homeplace Revisited

Two romances inside a family saga.

This is a feel-good, family saga novel set in a fictional southern Missouri Ozarks rural small town and surrounding country-side. We have returned to the site of 'Back to the Homeplace' - the first novel in the series - nine years later, in 1996, as the grandchildren of the original matriarch join their parents in the family business - the Bevins Trust. The family has survived death and conflict and there is more to come, but they are sustained by their faith, a positive world-view, and their dedication to family and community. The young ones still seek love and acceptance. The older family members seek peace and security. Are their dreams compatible in this day and time?

Christopher joined the law practice two years ago. Jennifer just opened her large animal veterinary practice near the remodeled stables on the Homeplace site. Matt has agreed to move his family from Boston to Oak Springs to head up the new Internet Service Provider firm formed jointly with the Bevins Trust. How will this new generation of young professionals mesh with the established older generation siblings of the Bevins Trust? What environmental and intergenerational challenges will they face? Join us as the family saga unfolds and continues.

Blog Talk Radio
Blog Talk Radio

Listen to GeneaBlogger Radio!

Hosted by Thomas with well known and respected guests

This is a great venue for you to learn more answers to the questions you bring with you.

These are weekly broadcasts that normally run for 90 minutes each. You listen via your computer.

The subjects discussed are often the subject of blogs, on Facebook, and on Twitter for days after each broadcast.

Topics are usually selected to match current topics in the field that are on the minds of many people. The best way to know is to read the GeneaBloggers blogs and other blogs, as well.

Great Stuff on Amazon - Amazon recommendations related to genealogy

I hope you find these recommendations useful. Your feedback would be appreciated. This module will change regularly, so if you see something interesting, please click through and consider buying if you are interested.

"May I Introduce to you"

This is a weekly feature at

"May I Introduce to you" is a feature, written by Gini Webb for Thomas, that introduces new, and not so new, genealogy bloggers to the rest of the blogging community.

It is a very positive feeling to be interviewed.

We each get to know the person being interviewed, and usually follow their blog for a while to see if they offer something we feel we need.

My Genealogy related books on Amazon

13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories
13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories

13 Sections suggest a variety of ways to tell your ancestor stories; each section has a Planning Worksheet to assist you in doing it most effectively. The content of our telling of ancestor stories includes your life as well as the lives of your two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great grandparents, etc., and their sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ancestor stories include the social context in which these folks lived, their clothes, their farms or ranches, their religion (or not), their occupations, their loves and antagonisms, their education (or not), their friends and neighbors, and the mundane details of their daily lives. Preservation and interpretation of your ancestor stories will occur most effectively if each of us use multiple approaches to telling our ancestor stories to our families and interested others. This is the purpose of this book.

Kinnick Early Us Family History
Kinnick Early Us Family History

This book is the first comprehensive print version of this early US (Kinnick) family history incorporating the considerable additional research undertaken over the last 15 to 25 years or so beyond the 1953 Kinnick book. Portions of this research have been published online and in articles in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin. The book includes the first three generations of both the John and Mary Kinnick move to Ohio, Illinois and Iowa and the John and Ann Kinnick move to North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Subsequent books will expand on these families and affiliated families.

George and Hannah Kinnick Family History
George and Hannah Kinnick Family History

This book is the third in a series of books on this family, my mother's line, KINNICK. It is the first of three on the twelve children of John and Ann Kinnick and their descendants who lived to adulthood and had families - reporting on the family of the fourth of these children, the third son, George Washington Kinnick. George, and his wife, Hannah, had ten children live to adulthood and have families. This book includes a full index of all primary numbered family names.

Schwyhart Early Family History
Schwyhart Early Family History

If you go by the Schwyhart surname, you can be pretty sure you are related to anyone else of the same name. Best currently available researched information suggests that the name was adopted by the young adults in two families formed when two brothers married two sisters. All of the children of these two families, in the early 1800s, appear to have lived out their lives as Schwyharts. This is their book, into the early to mid-1900s. Further, this book is the second of a series of books to be prepared on this extended family, down through the generations. If you have an interest in this family and/or the affiliated families, we urge you to check back regularly at (and Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar Blog) for additional detailed generations under both the Kinnick name and under the surnames of the affiliated families of the descendancies included here.


Feedback and Comments - I want to hear what you think! ;-)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      My father did an extensive genealogy research a number of years ago for his people. It would be fun to do one for my mother's side of the family.

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      Scott A. Butler 3 years ago from England

      This is a very intriguing lens. Thank you! :)

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I do genealogy sometimes so i can share With my grandson and granddaughter. We are related to Charla mange and many, many Kings and Queens on my grandmother's side of the family.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Mellithorpe: Thank you. I appreciate your comments! ;-)

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      Mellithorpe 5 years ago

      Great lens. I do genealogy part-time. I wish more people would get interested in preserving their family stories to pass on to future generations. Thanks for sharing.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @markweiland: Good for you! Enjoy! ;-)

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      markweiland 5 years ago

      Interesting topic. I really like to know who my ancestors are. I'm checking the geneabloggers site now.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @NausetViews: It is lots of fun. Happy to help, if any questions! ;-)

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      Great genealogy info. I'm interested in researching my family tree.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @evelynsaenz1: Thanks, Evelyn. I enjoy writing on several platforms.

      Primary family names, here:

      Most researched name (Mom's line):

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Welcome to Squidoo. It's wonderful to have someone new writing about genealogy here on Squidoo. Do you have a particular family that you are researching?