Monthly Archives: September 2014

Genealogy On Display

I’ve heard genealogy and scrapbooking are two hobbies that go hand and hand. I have been asked if I scrapbook and my answer has always been no I haven’t gotten into yet, the real answer was I didn’t think I was that creative enough to scrapbook.I see scrapbooking as an art, the scrapbooking sheets as your canvas and I didn’t think I had anything to put on the canvas that would be good until one day when I was in Michael’s ( the art supply store) and I wandered over to the scrapbook section. I saw the scrapbooking supplies and my creative juices started to flow with ideas of different ways to display my genealogy. Here’s what I’ve done thus far, I know the more I do it I will get back and think of more elaborate ideas and ways to scrapbook them.

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My Journey To The Past

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I wish I would have recored more footage as well as used my tripod to get those steady shots but that’s a lesson learned for next time I head out in the field anyway I put together a little video of my trip to Monroe County, AL and a little promo for the blog. Enjoy!

Footage Provided by Me

Music: Firesong: Kevin MacLeod

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A Bridge To Civil Rights

Visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge wasn’t on my list of stops while in Alabama but on our way from Lowndes County to Birmingham we ended up taking the scenic route and drove over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I didn’t know the next time I was going to be in Selma so I had to park my car and walk on the bridge. I was standing on A Bridge To Civil Rights, where Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis and Reverend Hosea Williams along with other Civil Rights learders and protesters marched for equality.

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Meet The Moorers

Through my genealogical research via ancestry.com I was able to connect with relatives in Alabama on my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox side of the family. Last week traveled to Alabama and I had the pleasure to meet Frank Moorer, a cousin who I had been in contact with since April. We both descend from Adam Moorer who is said to have been born in South Caroline and Malinda Hale born in Alabama. Frank said he told his siblings about me and they also wanted to meet me, I was excited to meet my family, I felt like I was on a an episode of Who Do You Think You Are and or Finding Your Roots. I went from having never met a single relative on my great grandmother’s side to being introduced to a whole family. It still feels a little surreal that I met them, they made me feel so welcome like I had known them for years. I definitely look forward to meeting more of my Moorer family members.

I think sites like Ancestry.com as well as 23andme.com are great tools not only for genealogy but to also connect with new family members. On my way to Alabama I stopped in Atlanta and I was able to meet for the first time my cousin DeVan who I am related to on my grandmother Artensie’s side of the family, we still don’t know the direct link but it is from that side of the family. I have also spoken to cousin Sonny who also descends from Adam Moorer and Malinda Hale, and cousin Tina who like DeVan we are still trying to find that common ancestor but no the less these are my cousins.

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Red Hill Cemetery

Red Hill Cemetery is located in the hills of Monroe County, Alabama. Red Hill Cemetery according to the sign on the gate was established in in 1818 just three years after Monroe County was established as a county. In my recent trip to Alabama I met with my cousin and also fellow family history enthusiast Melvina and she took my mom, aunt and I on a tour of Monroe County. We were up and down in the back woods where my family once resided and one of the places she took us was the Red Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was segregated and might still be but I don’t know how many people still get buried there since it’s not that accessible of a cemetery. Inside the gated cemetery where the white settlers, possible slave owners, and local white residents and on the outside of the gates is an unkept grassy area were the black residents some of whom might have been slaves, and my great great grandparents Dave Burgess an Annies Lee Locke are buried. I was happy to be standing in front of my great great grandparents headstones but kind of sad to see after all these years somethings haven’t really changed.

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Allow Me To Introduce James Watson Jr.

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Name: James Watson Jr. 

Birth: 8 Jan 1878

Parents: James Watson Sr. & Emma Rauzy

Siblings: Fannie & Lillie Rauzy

Spouse: Nancy Crook(s)

Children: Orrie,  Florence,  Albert,  Clarence, Emma, Selma, James R, Steven

Death: 27 Jun 1945

Residence: Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama

Thanks to my cousins and George and Eloise for giving me this picture of their grandfather and my great grandmother Lillie’s half brother.

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