Posts Tagged With: family history month

23andme Family Tree BETA

Have you taken a 23andme DNA test? Have you tested out Family Tree? 23andme Family Tree is fairly new function that has been added to the site.

I was playing around with my tree last night and I was able to connect the dots with a couple of my DNA cousins, but I am going to need a little more help from some of my DNA cousins to figure out our connection. I sent a few messages last night so hopefully they get back to me and are able to fill in some holes.

If you have tested it out the Family Tree let me know your thoughts.

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Yankees Take World Series

On this day 96 years ago the New York Yankees won their 1st World Series against the New York Giants, 4 games to 2 in the Polo Grounds.

  Mon, Oct 15, 1923 – 2 · The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) · Newspapers.com

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 95: Birthright: Who Has the Right to Tell My People’s Stories?

“Should there be a stipulation on who has the right to tell certain stories? Is it dependent on the role certain groups play within the historical event landscape? Episode 95 will tackle this difficult topic.”

Watch Live tonight!

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The Lynching of Reuben Sims

Mr. Reuben Sims is the only documented lynching victim in Baldwin County, Alabama between 1877 to 1950.

Since he was the “only one” I wanted to try to find out a little more about the circumstances surrounding his lynching. Mr. Reuben Sims’ lynching made it in to newspapers across the country.

Below are some articles I found relating to Mr. Reuben Sims’ murder.

reuben simsFri, Apr 29, 1904 – 4 · The Prattville Progress (Prattville, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Fri, May 13, 1904 – Page 2 · The Atmore Record (Atmore, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Sun, Aug 28, 1904 – 15 · The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Thu, Nov 3, 1904 – 3 · The Baldwin Times (Bay Minette, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

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Afro-American Realty Company

 

Wed, Jul 27, 1904 – Page 3 · The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California) · Newspapers.com

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Babe Ruth, Leewood Golf Country Club and the Tunnel

Tue, Jun 21, 1938 – 249 · Daily News (New York, New York) · Newspapers.com

Babe Ruth frequented Leewood Golf Club so much there was a “special tunnel dug out under the railroad tracks so Babe Ruth could have quick access to Yankee Stadium without going 1/2 hr out of the way to hit a parkway that would take him there.” (baberuthcentral.com)

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Trinity Chapel A.M.E Church

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Trinity Chapel A.M.E. Church is located in Bay Minette, AL. According to the little cement block on the front, the church was founded in 1883. My Great Grandfather Scott Cox was a member of the Trinity Chapel A.M.E.

 

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Trinity ChapelTrinity Chapel A.M.E. Church Sat, Aug 5, 1961 – 7 · Alabama Citizen (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 94: Back Home: Travel to Our Mother Countries

Watch live tonight!

“Visiting our ancestral locations is a deeply transformative experience. In this episode, learn the ins and outs of planning a trip, what to expect, and how to incorporate the experience into your genealogy project.”

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Tulsa Colored Business Directory

 

When I took my trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2017 I took pictures of the plaques honoring the businesses that were destroyed in the greenwood massacre. The pictures below are listed in the business directory in The Tulsa Star in 1920.

 

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A Scorcher Bits the Dust

I know what scorcher means today but in the 1890s and early 1900s scorcher meant another thing when it came to bike riding.  At first I didn’t understand why this 1897 article of an African American female falling off her bike was considered newsworthy.  Then I decided to google scorcher and bicycles and I found out the term scorcher was used to describe a cyclist who rode fast and reckless through the streets and someone who put other riders, pedestrians and motorists at risk of crashing. I did some more digging and found an article of a cyclist who was involved in a bicycle chase with a police officer.  Scorchers were considered a big problem across the county, there are countless articles on newspapers.com about scorchers and how they were a menace to society (lol), some cyclists were even arrested.

 

Don’t worry I be a scorcher.

 

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