genealogy

 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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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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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 11/13

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Picture from grandmaideas.com

Epitaph: An inscription on or at a tomb or grave in memory of the one buried there. (Definition from genealogy-quest.com)

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Looking for your missing female ancestor?

Joy Neighbors, a writer for Insidertoronto.com offered up some useful tips on how to find your missing female ancestors in an article she recently wrote for the website. Click on the link to read her suggestions.

 

Mary Jane Burgess

Pictured above is my Great Grandmother Mary Jane Burgess Wesley

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Research Trip

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Are you planning a research trip this summer? Where are some of the places you are going? Have you set goals for your trip? I hope I plan to go down to Alabama and meet some relatives as well as do some research I haven’t created a research plan yet but I think is important to have some sort of a plan so you’re not wasting valuable research time.

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Who Do You Think You Are

Missed the Who Do You Think You Are? Checkout these two full episodes

Aisha Tyler’s journey reveals an ancestor who, as a politician, struggled to keep his illegitimate son a secret. Against all odds, her 2x great-grandfather exemplifies bravery and determination during one of America’s most tumultuous eras of racism.

http://www.tlc.com/embed?page=189864

Tracing his patriotic roots, Scott Foley finds a relative who risked his life for one of America’s founding fathers, and an ancestor who suffered unspeakably during one of this nation’s darkest times.

http://www.tlc.com/embed?page=191362

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VLOG

My friend Mikey suggested I Vlog about genealogy, so here’s my 1st Vlog, please bear with me as a ramble a bit lol.

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DNA Cousins

I had to work in Santa Clara,California  for a couple weeks and while I was out west I had the chance to meet some DNA cousin.

12642889_10100857321857200_5487925767680477467_n Meet my cousin Amber, we’ve been corresponding for about a year and a half via ancestry.com and yesterday (Feb 6th) we finally met. I was super excited to meet her as well as her grandmother. According to AncestryDNA we are 3rd cousins and I figured out we’re related on my father’s maternal side.

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This is my cousin Terri, we first started communicating via 23andme.com over a year ago. We tried to meet the last time I was in San Francisco but had no luck. I was really happy we were able to get together on my last night in California. We spent a couple hours trying to figure out our connection, we know the connection come from her mother’s maternal side and my father’s paternal side. We also have similar counties/areas in common such as Minter, Dallas County and Lowndes County, Alabama. As well as a common surname, Moorer, is that our connection? We just might have to take a trip to Alabama to see what we can find.

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How Are We Related?

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No matter if you are a professional genealogist or just beginning to discover your roots, I think this family relationship chart recreated by the good folks at Crestleaf.com ( free online family tree builder) is one we should all have. Created by Alice J. Ramsay in 1987, Crestleaf’s colorful version of the family relationship chart makes it easier to see how family relationships work. Be sure to visit Crestleaf.com to download the this handy-dandy family relationship chart as well as checkout all the other neat stuff Crestleaf.com has to offer.

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Federal Agricultural Schedule of 1880

Federal Agricultural Schedule

The Federal Agricultural Schedule listed what many of our ancestors did to earn their livelihoods. My three times great grandfather Adam Moorer was listed on the 1880 Agricultural Schedule for Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama. From this document I see how many acres and the cash value of the farm, the crops as well as other items he produced, the number and value of livestock and the value of homemade manufactures.

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