JUNETEENTH

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I visited Galveston back in February and came across the Juneteenth plaque. IMG_4052

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 35: Rites of Life: Religious, Fraternal, and Benevolent Societies

Be sure to watch webisode 35 Tuesday, June 20th: People of color communities thrive on social and community interaction. Learn about the history of religious, fraternal, and benevolent groups and how they can add to you already existing genealogy and family history research.

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Egypt

Three weeks ago I celebrated my birthday in Cairo Egypt, to date that was the best birthday I’ve had. My trip was packed with culture and adventure. Our first full day there which was Sunday, we had to visit the pyramids in Giza and the Sphinx on camels. The next day we ventured to The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha which opened in 1848. Tuesday was my birthday and I wanted to ride an ATV in the desert and that’s what we did our backdrop were the pyramids of Giza after that we had dinner on the Nile River. Wednesday we started our day at the Egyptian Museum for a two our tour of the museum, there we saw the mummies of  Ramses I, Seti I, and many other royal figures. We also saw ancient Egyptian antiques and artifacts belonging to Tutankhamun aka King Tut. After the museum we went to Cairo Tower, the tower offers panoramic view of the capital. To end our Wednesday, we were treated to a dinner cruise up on Nile River.

Thursday was our last official activity day so we made it a good one. We first visited The Mosque of Amir which was originally built in 641-642 AD. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and in Africa. Then we proceeded to the Dahshur and there we went inside of The Pyramid of Snefru aka The Red Pyramid, there was no light walking down into the pyramid, so we had to use the light from our cellphones to help guide us. I was nervous so I asked my friend to go first (lol). Next we went to The Pyramid of Djoser aka the Step Pyramid, which is was built during the 3rd dynasty. After that we went inside of tombs with hieroglyphics written on the walls. Seeing that was surreal, being inside of something and being able to touch something that was built before Christ was born was surreal. I stood inside of history and my pictures don’t do any of what I saw with my own eyes justice.  My trip was amazing, I plan to go back to Egypt to visit different parts, I also plan to take more cultural and historical trips. If anyone is interested in visiting Cairo, I can put you in contact with a great guide.

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Oral History and DNA Not Matching Up?

Fellow genealogist and BlackProGen LIVE member Nicka Smith gives us three reasons why your oral history might not match your DNA results.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures In The Church

My grandmother is pictured third from the left, I first saw this picture in October when I went on my research trip to Alabama. While I was visiting I went to my grandmother’s church and attended a Sunday church service.  I noticed in the hallway a few pictures and lo and behold I see this one. This picture was probably taken in the the 1960s, I am not sure if this was the choir picture or just some of the female members of the church, either way, I was happy to see it. I just think if I wouldn’t have visited and attended the church service I might have never seen this picture. I encourage everyone to visit your ancestral communities, you never know what you might discover or uncover.

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Genealogy Humor

Here’s a little genealogy humor to start off a great week!

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First School Record

Last month I visited Youngstown, OH to do some research on my grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother, I didn’t find quite what I wanted. I did ask the archivist at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center where to look for school records and she suggested contacting the one of the local high school’s in the area lived in. The archivist told me to write a letter instead of calling or emailing, she thought I would have a better chance in getting a response if I wrote a letter. Two weeks after I got back home and after speaking to cousin Melvina who is exploring school records for some of our relatives, I decided to write a letter. I honestly didn’t think I would get a response but about week after I mailed the letter I received and email from a lovely lady named Ms. G who said she would look for anything she could find.

I got a little excited someone responded to my letter but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Two days after the first email she sends me the record below, this is the annual pupil card they keep on all students who attended Campbell City School and they had one for my grandmother. Ms. G even said she’ll look for more records for me over the summer.  Ms. G told me her grandparents actually lived at 17 Madison while my grandmother lived at 18 Madison, I did a little research and I don’t think our families were there at the same time but this is still cool to know either way. If looking for school records, just like the archivist suggested to me, try writing a letter first instead of sending an email to the local schools in your ancestor’s area or even to the board of education to inquire about records. Thank you Ms. G for my first school record.

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BlackProGen LIVE Ep32: Getting Started With Asian/Pacific Islander Research

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Missed the BlackProGen LIVE Episode 32? We’ll check it out below

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Research Trip 2017

I recently got back from my research trip to Youngstown, OH. I went to Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center located in the downtown district of Youngstown. I must say they have a beautiful new facility, the building houses the archival library in the basement. This is where I found my great great grandmother Minnie Belle Stacks in the 1924 city directory and I got to take pictures of old street maps in the of East Youngstown. The archivist was able to show we where Minnie Belle, and Georgiana (great grandmother) lived on the map which I thought was pretty cool. I looked at a few old high school years but I didn’t see my grandmother in any of them (she moved back to Alabama during her 11th-grade year she graduated).

I didn’t get quite what I wanted but I got cool some stuff and got some tips on what my next move should be. All in all I had a good trip, so I encourage you to take that research trip you’ve been talking about for years this summer. Even if you don’t go on your research trip, visit your local archival library, courthouse, cemetery, interview family members or just spend time with you family sharing and creating memories. You never know who or what you might find when you step from behind the computer.

Check out Eventbrite’s online registration software to find and plan local events in your area this summer

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BlackProGen LIVE Ep31: People of Color in the Northeast: New York and New Jersey

17953009_10101238889767050_2195172137623758185_nDid your family migrate to New York like mine or New Jersey? Watch this webisode of BlackProGen LIVE as the panel discuss resources and more for people researching the northeast!

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