Posts Tagged With: african american ancestry

NC & SC Genealogy Research

Join us for the next broadcast of BlackProGen LIVE, a live online show dedicated to sharing tips, tricks, and strategies for those researching the genealogy of people of color. Tues. September 13 we’ll be discussing genealogy research in the Carolinas along with weighing in on current events such as the Georgetown University slave sale, POC cemeteries, and the recent price drop for Family Tree DNA tests. TUNE IN at 6pm PST/7pm MNT/8pm CST/9pm EST at https://youtu.be/Lz20yr-vQpc

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WHAT IS BLACK PROGEN LIVE?

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Have you heard of BLACK PROGEN LIVE ? Well if you haven’t checkout these two awesome videos by Nicka Smith  explaining what BLACK PROGEN LIVE is.

 

“Announcing two new segments on BlackProGen LIVE in 2017. Watch and learn more about Ask Mariah and AncestryMakers. To apply for either segment, please visit http://goo.gl/uQuBoN Good luck! For the latest from our panel and more, follow us on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/BlackProGen

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HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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Carter G. Woodson “The Father Of Black History Month” 

“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Carter G. Woodson

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Great Grandma Georgiana

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I almost shed a tear last night when I found my great grandmother Georgiana Beck’s death certificate. I said a quick prayer and a few seconds later while searching on ancestry.com  I found her death certificate. I know all the information provided by the informant might not be accurate but I felt like I hit the jackpot. Of course I am left with more questions then answers now but oh my goodness. We don’t know much about my maternal grandmother’s mother and even less about her father so any information is a win to me.

I had no idea Georgiana died in Pennsylvania, I didn’t know the name of her father or she was even married. My grandmother was raised by grandmother Minnie in East Youngstown, Ohio. The information we have on my great grandparents is limited, over the years I have found a city directory  and two census records to place Georgiana in Jefferson County, Alabama and in East Youngstown, Ohio but no information connecting to my grandmother’s father James L. Christian. James L. Christian is the big mystery in our family, we don’t believe he was married to Georgiana and we believe there was a bit of an age difference between the two. Georgiana was about 15 or 16 when she had my grandmother in Jefferson county, Alabama. I was told James worked in the Steel Mills and had another child a daughter named Delores or Lois but I don’t know where he was from or his age. Recently my uncle told me he had heard James had property in Sharon, Pennsylvania, that’s not far from East Youngstown so on my next trip to Youngstown I’ll be visiting Sharon to see what I can find. I also found at 1926 East Youngstown city directory for Georgiana, I now have two more records to add to her file.

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Descendants Of Adam & Malinda Moorer

Last year I met some of the children of Frank and Leanna when I visited Alabama, this year I got a the chance to introduce some of my family to Frank and some more of his family. For almost a whole year I told my Aunt Linda how happy I was to meet Frank and his siblings and how welcoming they had been, so my Aunt Linda begin to look forward to meeting them as well. Frank’s father, Frank Moorer Sr. was first cousins with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox. Frank’s father Thad and Jessie’s father Cornelius were brothers and their parents were Adam and Malinda. For years, Frank Jr. and his family had no idea we even existed and I don’t believe my father nor any of his siblings knew of their existences either. The power of genealogy and ancestry.com we were able to connect with each other. My cousin Gwen and I got the chance to meet Frank’s niece Felecia and her daughters, last year I met Felecia’s mom Inez. I think it’s dope to meet new family members especially one you never knew existed

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Starting her off young

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A few weeks ago my 11 year old niece expressed interest to me about taking her DNA, so I was more than willing to purchase an ancestryDNA kit for her once it went on sale :). My niece also told me she wanted to make a nice family tree, we setup a familysearch.org account and got to work. Her paternal side was basically done but I did’t know much about her maternal side to help input the information.  I told her to give her mother, grandparents, and great grandparents a call to get some the informations she needed.  There was no hesitation on her part, she picked up the phone and started dialing, I was impressed she was that interested in learning her history at a young age. I wish someone would have had me do this at her age. In a few weeks we’ll know her results and hopefully add more names to her family tree.

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MAAGI 2015

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I had a such a good time at MAAGI (Midwest African American Genealogy Institute) in St. Louis last week. I learned so much in just three day, from organizing my work to the importance on creating an ancestral timeline to learning more about DNA and Genealogy. I really enjoyed being around other genealogists who were eager to learn. The instructors were good and very help even after classes were over, some of the instructors at this years MAAGI were Shelley Murphy (twitter: @familytreegirl), Angela Walton-Raji (blog: http://african-nativeamerican.blogspot.com), Bernice Bennett (blogtalk radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett), Nicka Smith (blog: http://www.whoisnickasmith.com) and Judy Russell (website: http://www.legalgenealogist.com) just to name a few. I have already decided to attend next years and I urge other genealogists especially those who are tracing African Americans to attend, I promise you won’t regret it. Visit  Maagi-Stl  for more information and updates.

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The Freedmen’s Bureau Project Needs Your Help!

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The Freedmen’s Bureau Project needs help indexing nearly 4 million records to make them searchable online. I have already signed up to start transcribing some records. For more information and to volunteer visit www.discoverfreedmen.org 

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34 Years Of Marriage

Jerry Burgess and Mary Johnson were my three times great grandparents and according to the 1900 U.S. Census of Monroe County, AL. It was documented that they had been married for 34 years. Not all of the information on the U.S. Census is always 100 percent accurate due to some factors but if this estimate is about right that means they would have gotten married a year after the abolishment of slavery in the U.S. Now I just have to try and find that record!

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Meet Frank Moorer Sr.

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I didn’t know too much or have any contact with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox’s family before I started researching, so I never thought I would find, let alone meet any of her relatives. Well allow me to introduce you to Frank Moorer Sr., Jessie’s first cousin. Frank was one of 12 born January 27th 1896 to Thad Moorer and Caroline Hale in Farmsville, Lowndes County, AL. Frank lived until rightful age of 104 years old. Frank was the “living connection to the past, for he had known many people who had been slaves, who has witnessed the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Last September I had the great pleasure of meeting four of Frank’s children who shared memories of their father. Connecting with them was amazing.

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