I just wanted to offer some words of encouragement to those on the genealogical journey, DON’T GIVE UP! Genealogist are chosen and you have been chosen to give your ancestors a voice. Even if you haven’t found that document, that ancestor, or that connection to a relative you’re been looking for tirelessly, DON’T GIVE UP! Keep researching, you will find it when it’s time. Sometimes the answers we are looking for are already in the documents we have and we might have to take a break and look at them with fresh eyes as some say. Just stay positive and focused in your research, you this!
Picture from grandmaideas.com
Homestead: A homestead usually is a home on land obtained from the United States government. Part of the agreement between the individual and the government was that the individual had to live on the land and make improvements to it, such as adding buildings and clearing fields. (Definition from genealogy.com)
Catch up with the BlackProGen LIVE panel as they discuss Finding Your Roots Season 4 on PBS.
Have you signed up to be apart of the Worldwide Indexing Event happening October 20th to the 22nd? The goal is to make more historical records searchable online for people for free. Last year over 10,000,000 records got indexed, with over 115, 000 volunteers, can we beat those numbers this year? I hope we can, if you haven’t signed up or want to know more about it there is still time, click the link for more information Familysearch.org
Fellow genealogist and BlackProGen LIVE member Nicka Smith gives us three reasons why your oral history might not match your DNA results.
My grandmother is pictured third from the left, I first saw this picture in October when I went on my research trip to Alabama. While I was visiting I went to my grandmother’s church and attended a Sunday church service. I noticed in the hallway a few pictures and lo and behold I see this one. This picture was probably taken in the the 1960s, I am not sure if this was the choir picture or just some of the female members of the church, either way, I was happy to see it. I just think if I wouldn’t have visited and attended the church service I might have never seen this picture. I encourage everyone to visit your ancestral communities, you never know what you might discover or uncover.
Here’s a little genealogy humor to start off a great week!
Did your family migrate to New York like mine or New Jersey? Watch this webisode of BlackProGen LIVE as the panel discuss resources and more for people researching the northeast!
The ninth season of Who Do You Think You Are? premieres this Sunday, March 5th on TLC. This season’ s celebrities include Smokey Robinson, Courteney Cox, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Grey and Noah Wyle.
I saw this post on Ancestry’s Instagram account the other day and I would ask if they are proud of the research I am doing? I often wonder if they are looking down on me and saying thank you, thank you for looking for us, thank you for trying to share their story, thank you for not forgetting us. What question would you ask your ancestors?