Posts Tagged With: ancestry

Oral History and DNA Not Matching Up?

Fellow genealogist and BlackProGen LIVE member Nicka Smith gives us three reasons why your oral history might not match your DNA results.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures In The Church

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.

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BlackProGen LIVE Ep32: Getting Started With Asian/Pacific Islander Research

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Missed the BlackProGen LIVE Episode 32? We’ll check it out below

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BlackProGen LIVE Ep31: People of Color in the Northeast: New York and New Jersey

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Asking Ancestors

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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?

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Private or Public?

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Last Friday night I decided to stay in and surf ancestry.com I stumbled upon a tree for my grandfather. To my surprise the owner of the tree had the same exact information I had on my tree for my grandfather, his siblings and some of his relatives. My first thought was, was the owner a relative of mine? The next thought was why didn’t the owner contact me? When I say the same information, I mean the owner even had my pictures, like a copy and paste tree. I am all for sharing, that’s why I leave my trees public, I want to contact with possible relatives. But I now understand why some folks make their trees private, why they don’t disclose everything detail about a relative or why some even put wrong information about a family member on purpose. When I find my ancestors or relatives in someone else’s tree, I reach out to the owner of that tree, most get back to me but a few don’t but I still reach out. Well I reached out and found out the owner of the tree is doing research for a number of people and the owner said one of the folks their researching for is possibly related to the people on my tree. This still makes me think, why didn’t the owner of the tree contact me to see what information or to see if it was accurate? Maybe the owner was and I just beat them to it or maybe the owner and or person whom they were researching for was satisfied with the information that was on my tree. I am wondering is there a thing as family tree etiquette? Even if your tree is public should someone have to ask you to add an ancestor or relative on their tree? Should they ask you to use your pictures? Is it free range since your tree is public? Since this little incident it has made me think twice about making my tree public on ancestry. I did the work in finding these documents, creating my tree and even adding pictures and someone takes what I did without a word is a little wrong to me.

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Dock Walker’s Homestead

This past October I took a trip with most of my mom’s siblings to Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. In an earlier blog post I posted pictures of them going to the Westview Cemetery,(Click Here). The seven minute video shows of two of my mom’s order brothers visiting the homestead of their grandfather Dock Walker Sr.

 

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Friday’s Faces From The Past:My Grandparents

This is Artensie Wesley born 27 Oct 1917 and Jessie Cox born 25 Oct 1919 and they were my grandparents and since they recently had birthdays I thought it was only right to have them as my Friday’s Faces From The Past. May the both rest in peace.

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My Passion

“We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors wisdom.” –

Maya Angelou 

Like many of you, genealogy is my passion. I can not explain how glad I am I stumbled onto it, I can only hope my ancestors are happy with the work that I am doing.

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Hey Family!

I tell you I enjoy meeting family, Sunday I got a chance to meet me cousin Gary and his girlfriend Sabrina while they were in New York. Gary is related to me on my grandmother Artensie’s maternal and paternal side. We first connected via ancestryDNA back in February and after a phone called we started connecting the dots of our kinship. As soon as he mentioned Moss Point, MS I asked him if he knew Bobby, Charles and Megie? (my father’s first cousins) and he replied “Yeah I know them, those are my cousins”. It’s a small world. ‪‎

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