Posts Tagged With: black history

My Black History Month: Black Books

February 17th

Not my normal Black History post but I wanted to share some books from my childhood. My mom made it a point to give me books by or about Black people. I didn’t have to depend on the school system teaching me about Black History, my mom made sure of it.  

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Dock Walker

February 7th

On the 11th day of December 1933 my Great Grandpa Dock Walker sold land to the Saints of Bethlehem Temple of Bromley, Alabama. Grandpa Dock was another ancestor who knew the importance of ownership and legacy. Grandpa Dock owned a lot of property throughout Bromley that his family resided on.


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My Black History Month: Grandpa Scott Cox

February 6th

In December of 1948 my Great Grandpa Scott Cox purchase one acre of land from George and Nora Morris in Baldwin County, Alabama. It makes me feel good to know so many of my ancestors wanted ownership for themselves and their families.


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My Black History Month: Grandpa Jerry Burgess

 February 5th

The first record I see my 3x Great Grandpa Jerry Burgess on is the Alabama Voter Registration record. The record was “created in accordance with the federal, post-Civil War Second Reconstruction Act of March 23, 1867. The act required the commanding Union officer in each military district to register all resident male citizens, 21 years and older, to vote after they had taken an oath of loyalty to the United States. The process was to be completed before September 1, 1867. The 1867 voter registration records are significant because this is one of the first government documents to record African American males living in Alabama.”(Archives Alabama) I cannot imagine how Grandpa Jerry might have felt, after not being treated or seen as a HUMAN BEING for most of his life to then go to being counted as a MAN and have his name on a state wide document. I think it is really cool to see my Grandpa Jerry’s name on this document.

Source: Alabama, U.S., Voter Registration, 1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

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My Black History Month: Grandma Georgiana Beck Mason

February 3rd

I am interested in learning about all my ancestors but some more than others and my Great Grandma Georgiana is one of them. She was born 20 Jun 1899 to Alec Beck and Minnie Belle Burke in Alabama, she had a brother named Charlie who was about four years older than her. By 1910, Georgiana was living in Birmingham, Alabama with her mom and older brother. According to the 1910 Census, Grandma Georgiana had attended school, and knew how to read and write. Three years later, Georgiana had a baby (my Grandma Clittee) with my Great Grandpa James Luther Christian. Grandma Georgiana worked numerous domestic jobs throughout her life to help support herself and her daughter. By 1920 Georgiana was living in East Youngstown, Ohio with her mom, daughter and Stepfather Ed Stacks. Sometime between 1920 and 1926 Grandma Georgiana got married, her husband’s first name is unknown at the moment but his last name was Mason. 10 Jun 1928 Great Grandma Georgiana died from tuberculosis in Indiana County, Pennsylvania at the young age of 28 years old.


Year: 1910; Census Place: Birmingham Ward 16, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T624_20; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1374033

Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 062501-065500 U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Year: 1920; Census Place: East Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: T625_1413; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 118

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Adam Moorer

February 2nd

Just five years after the “official end of the enslavement of Africans in America”, my 3x Great Grandpa Adam Moorer who lived in Lowndes County, Alabama had a personal estate of an estimate value of $300 according to the 1870 United States Federal Census. Examples of personal estate included things like livestock, household goods, carriages, etc. Today, Grandpa Adam’s estimate $300 personal estate value would be worth $6,293.38 based on Consumer Price Index.

Did you ancestors/relative own in real estate or have any persona property in 1870?


Year: 1870; Census Place: Farmersville, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: M593_25; Page: 376B; Family History Library Film: 545524

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My Black History Month:Uncle Bryant

February 1st

My 2x Great Uncle Bryant Burke was born May 15th about 1883 according to census and draft records to Ellis and Dinah Burke in Camden Wilcox County, Alabama. Uncle Bryant lived in different areas throughout Alabama before making the move to San Francisco, California. He was married a couple times, first to Aline Davis in 1906, next to Riller Spruel in 1918. One interesting fact about Uncle Bryant was his thumb and middle finger amputated on his right hand. There are no known children from Uncle Bryant. While I was in San Francisco a few years ago, I visited home and neighborhood Uncle Bryant once lived in during the 1940, along with his niece Georgia, her husband Nelson and their family. Uncle Bryant died on February 28, 1952 in San Francisco, his body was transported to Baldwin County, Alabama where he was buried.

What interesting fact have you found out about one of your ancestors/relatives?


The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147

“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Aline Davis, 05 Dec 1906; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,509.

“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Riller Spruel, 19 Nov 1918; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,516.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Cahaba, Dallas, Alabama; Page: 15; Enumeration District: 0026; FHL microfilm: 1240013

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Happy Black History Month!

Back in 2014 I posted on my social media outlets about an ancestor or relative everyday in February, this Black History Month I will do the same thing.

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BlackProGen LIVE 2020

There’s a lot going on the BPG world, so don’t miss out!

We’ve got two new flavors to keep people of color genealogy and family history research at the forefront!

Our first big announcement is about #CREWChat, the BPG hosted Twitter chat!

What’s a Twitter chat? Well, they are are discussions hosted by an account that pose questions or give out prompts around a central theme. Chat participants then tweet their responses using the designated hashtag. In this case it’s #CREWChat.

Each #CREWChat in 2020 will be focused on a particular movie or TV show where the prompts will be focused on how you can identify or track down the family history and genealogy of the characters. There are 17 scheduled!

Catch the first one on Tuesday, January 7 and be all about the movie The Color Purple! Released in 1985, this cultural mainstay stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, and more. Then, on January 21, we’ll be talking about about the hit movie Soul Food. #CREWChats take place at 8pm Central.

Be sure to: 1) follow us on Twitter at, 2) check out the attached images for the January 2020 and full schedule for the year and 3) to join us on Twitter on the designated days!


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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 91: Working With The Feds

“In 1871, Congress established the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission) to review and make recommendations and potential reimbursements for the claims of southern loyalists who “furnished stores and supplies for the use of the U.S. Army” during the Civil War. Additionally, Congressional Records can be a goldmine for first person accounts from ancestors, their communities, and more. During episode 91, learn more about these crucial record sets and how to find ancestors within them.”




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