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First Episode Of Finding Your Roots

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Did you miss the first episode of Finding Your Roots featuring artist Kara Walker, political organizer Donna Brazile and actor Ty Burrell? Well click here to see what you missed. I personally think this was a good episode.

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This Old House

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While in San Francisco I had to visit the home and neighborhood my relatives once lived in. I was amazed to see this almost 110 year old two family San Francisco house still standing. Built in 1906, 110 Langton was the residence of my two times great grandmother’s younger brother Bryant Burke, his niece Georgia and husband Nelson. Uncle Bryant lived here during the 1940s. Georgia and Nelson lived in 110 Langston throughout the 1950s.

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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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Distant Cousins Reconnected

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Have you heard of Alex Lee? Well to me he is an extraordinary genealogist who inspires me to be a better researcher. I follow his Facebook page Alex Genealogy and he posts his genealogical findings as well as helpful tips to help others discover their roots. Alex recently posted his latest discovery, second round draft pick Joe Young is distant cousins with to his new Indiana Pacer teammate Paul George, oh yeah and they are both related to Alex as well. The players relationship comes from two twin sisters who were slaves in Opelousas, La, “George’s paternal fourth great-grandmother, Merice Donato, is the twin sister of Young’s maternal fourth great-grandmother Olympe Donato, according to the research”(Indystar.com) to find out more about this story checkout indystar.com Also be sure to follow Alex on Twitter @Alexgenealogy and on Facebook

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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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A Family With Southern Roots

Above are pictures of four out of seven children belonging to Scott Cox and Jessie Belle Moorer as well as  eight out of fifteen of Wardie Cox Sr. and Jessie Lee Soles children.

Eliza was born about the mid 1850s according to census and vital records, not much is known about her upbringing but from her death certificate which was filled out by her son Scott (my great grandfather).Eliza or Liza was born in Alabama to parents Jessie and Ann Smiley or Smyly. Eliza married Richard Cox and gave birth to seven children but only six survived. The children were William, Matthew, Richard Jr., Scott, Wardie and Ada. Richard Cox Sr. passed away before the 1900 U.S. Census, leaving Eliza a to raise six children on her own. According to the 1900 U.S. Census Eliza and her children all lived in Lowndes County, Alabama and worked as farm laborers to support themselves. It is not known what happened to Matthew and Richard Jr. but son William married Lula and made his way down to Bay Minette, Alabama, Scott married Jessie Belle Moorer and followed suit.Younger brother Wardie married Jessie Lee Soles and the baby of the family Ada married Rufus Hale and followed in their brother’s footsteps to Bay Minette. Eventually Eliza moved to Bay Minette where she later died on Jan 6th 1924. Today not only does the Cox family still have strong roots in Bay Minette but they are now spread throughout the U.S.and in countries like Germany and Japan.

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Four Ancestors In One Place

Some people may see some old headstones but I see my maternal linage, my ancestors, my history. I only wish I had pictures of these women to go along with their headstones. In 2008 I found out some of my mother’s maternal and paternal ancestors were buried in Westview Cemetery, a small hidden cemetery located in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama, talk about hitting a genealogy jackpot with this one. The first headstone belongs to my mother’s father’s side, great grandmother Lillie Rauzy Walker died just six months after my grandfather Wilson was born. Next is my great great grandmother and Lillie’s mother Emma Rauzy Watson, she married James Watson Sr. in 1877 in Mobile County, Alabama. Now to my mother’s maternal side, Minnie Belle Burke Stacks is my great great grandmother and the woman who raised my grandma Clittee in East Youngstown, Ohio. Last but not least Diniah Johnson Burke also known as Mother Burke is my great great great grandmother and Minnie’s mother, she was born in Wilcox County, Alabama.

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Legal Pad Pedigree Diagram

I’ve created a creative and simple (well I think it’s creative :0) pedigree diagram for my grandmother’s family.

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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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