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Research Trip-Summer Edition

Today is June 21st 2018 the official start of the summer, are you planning on going on a research trip? I think there is nothing like going to a repository and finding records or visiting a cemetery and being able to see and touch your ancestor’s headstone or interviewing an older relative. Below are some of my tips to help you prepare for your summer research trip.

  1. Have a plan (what are you looking for or want to accomplish on your trip?)
  2. Where do you need to go? (find out where the records are kept and the hours of operation, where the cemeteries are located, and your relatives addresses)
  3. Bring supplies (some items I suggest you take)
  •  notepad
  • copies of forms and charts (download free forms via familytreemagazine.com)
  • camera (your phone will do the job if you have space ;))
  • pens and pencils
  • voice recorder
  • comfortable footwear
  • boots or long pants ( for the cemeteries or visiting unkept areas)
  • change/small bills (for meters and or photocopies)
  • a laptop or tablet
  • hard drive or thumb drive
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray

Do you have anything you would add to this list?

Where are you planning on going this summer?

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 59: People of Color Genealogy Research in Florida

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 59? If so check it out below.

 

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Win a free AncestryDNA Kit

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I have one more Ancestry DNA kit to giveaway…

1. Visit my blog (you are already here)

2. Subscribe to my blog (if you are already subscribed, thank you!)

3.Email me your Name by Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by 8pm (EST) and I will reply back a number. (Where is my email address you ask? In the about me section)

4. Watch live via Instagram Live (@genes_work) on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at 8pm (EST) as I randomly pick one lucky number. (Can’t watch live? No problem I will repost on the blog and email the winner.)

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Records Checklist

Are your tired of just looking at the Census records? Well, check out the records checklist  below from familytreemagazine.com  of other records to search for.

 

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 An Honest Man’s the Noblest Work of God. Pt. 1

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Photo taken by Monika Cantrell (for findagrave.com)

My Great Uncle Duffie was only 25 years old when he was died, the circumstances of Uncle Duffie’s death was sort of a mystery to me for many years. I knew he had been shot but didn’t know by whom or for what. I’ve heard family stories of a family member being behind his death but I didn’t and at this point I still don’t have any real proof that family member had anything to do with his murder.

While at RootsTech 2018 I stopped by the Genealogybank.com exhibit booth and was able to search on their computers and during my search I came across an article in The Macon Daily Telegraph Newspapers from 01 Jul 1923 about Uncle Duffie’s death. This was the first time I had seen anything regarding his murder. The article was a little difficult to read due to a fold in the paper. I contacted Washington Memorial Library in Macon, GA which houses The Macon Daily Telegraph archives but they had the same folded copy I had. I did some more searching this time using Newspapers.com. I   had to played around with keyword before I found another article in The Montgomery Advertiser also dated 01 Jul 1923. The article is almost identical to the one I found in The Macon Daily Telegraph. 

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

 

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

 

 I intend to continue the search for more information regarding Uncle Duffie’s murder.

 

 

 

 

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Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? 

Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres on Monday, May 21st on TLC and this seasons participants includes Hilary Duff, Jean Smart, Jon Cryer, Laverne Cox, Megan Mullally, and Molly Shannon.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 56: Been Around the World: Mapping Your Family History

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE Episode 56? Don’t worry check it out below.

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14th Annual Harlem Genealogical Conference

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We are pleased to announce the 14th annual Harlem Genealogical Conference will take place Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 360 Malcolm X Boulevard (128th Street) with a focus on DNA and Genetic Genealogy. The Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will host the event at its Harlem church building, which is free and open to the public. The conference will focus on using traditional family history research in tandem with DNA testing to tell the stories of our families. Keynote speakers are Bernice A. Bennett and Shannon Christmas.

The two hosting organizations share a long partnership with a multi-generational commitment to genealogy throughout the world. This conference provides individuals of African descent self-affirmed experiences, reflections, and discoveries, while those not of African descent will gain a deeper understanding of the African-ancestored experience. The conference’s missions are to expose new participants to the joy of genealogy and to further research the historical travels of people of the African diaspora.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 57: Staying In It: Historical Trauma & Self Care for Researchers

Have you seen the latest BlackProGen LIVE episode? If not check it out below.

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