Posts Tagged With: cemetery

BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 64: Researching Beyond the Internet (Offline Research)

If you are able to please get from behind your computer and hit the streets to do some genealogical research. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of information available online but there is so much that has not been put online yet. Check out this episode as the panelist discuss how to properly prepare, what to do while on the ground, and how to distill the information you collect while researching offline.

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Cemetery Records: Records of the names and death dates of those buried in a cemetery or graveyard. Cemetery caretakers usually keep records of such, as well as maps of the gravesites. They may also keep more detailed records, including the names of the deceased’s relatives. In addition to these paper records, you will find tombstones. Tombstones can provide information such as birth and death dates and the names of other family members. (Definition from

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An Afternoon At Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn  in the Bronx, New York has a lot of notable people buried there, so I decided to not let this beautiful summer day go to waste and head to the cemetery. (My friends probably think I am crazy lol)

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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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Red Hill Cemetery

Red Hill Cemetery is located in the hills of Monroe County, Alabama. Red Hill Cemetery according to the sign on the gate was established in in 1818 just three years after Monroe County was established as a county. In my recent trip to Alabama I met with my cousin and also fellow family history enthusiast Melvina and she took my mom, aunt and I on a tour of Monroe County. We were up and down in the back woods where my family once resided and one of the places she took us was the Red Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was segregated and might still be but I don’t know how many people still get buried there since it’s not that accessible of a cemetery. Inside the gated cemetery where the white settlers, possible slave owners, and local white residents and on the outside of the gates is an unkept grassy area were the black residents some of whom might have been slaves, and my great great grandparents Dave Burgess an Annies Lee Locke are buried. I was happy to be standing in front of my great great grandparents headstones but kind of sad to see after all these years somethings haven’t really changed.

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A Trip South

This past weekend was the Wesley family reunion in Pensacola, Florida. I had such a good time, my family ( nine year old niece, 14 and 17 year old nephews, mom and aunt) and I drove from NY to FL.  I thought a week of traveling with stops to see family on the way would be a great vacation as well as bonding time for the six of us. Well lets just say it might have been too much bonding time for us :), for real I think everyone enjoyed themselves I know I did. I got a chance to meet some new cousins, see some family I haven’t seen in a while, do a little family research, visit Natchez, Monroe County and Alabama, Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama. While I was in Florida I met with my Great Aunt Sallie for the first time, and  last but not least meet my cousin Melvina also a genealogist and she shared some wonderful information with me as well as gave me some document. All in all I had a great time

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