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Happy Family History Month!
What do you have planned to celebrate? I plan to share some family history I have found over the years on my family’s facebook group page.
While staying home I have been trying to use my time wisely so I have decided to take a free online genealogy course called Researching Your Family Tree on Futurelearn.com (they have an array of free courses). The course is cool and it offers some really good information and research tips all for free.
I am also getting my genealogical documents more organized (paper and digital). I have started organizing a 2 inch three D ring binder for my maternal ancestors. Each ancestor will get an ancestor profile page with their general personal information on it, and a family group sheet, then I’ll add all the documents I have found for that ancestor in chronological order. Once I have one ancestor completed I will make a little video and take pictures to show you what I have.
What are you doing to stay busy if you have to stay home during the pandemic?
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 http://www.twitter.com/BlackProGen, 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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“Genealogy and history are en vogue in popular culture, largely due to the number of television programs that are themed around the topics. In episode 97, we’ll discuss the implications of the two converging into entertainment and the effects they have on the industry as a whole.”
Vital Record: Also known as birth, death, marriage or divorce records.
I had a conversation with my friend the other day on how to go about obtaining a death certificate she wasn’t able to find via Ancestry.com Even though Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org have a multitude of records on their database there are still loads of records that have not be digitized and or put on their sites. For example states like Alabama don’t have their death certificates online, you are able to find and view the indexes but not the actual death certificate itself. So how do you find birth, death, marriage or divorce records that aren’t online? Check out a few options below I’ve used to get vital records.
- CDC: (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) You will be able to see when each vital record started being recording in each state, how much it cost to obtain a copy, where to send your request. As well as a contact number and link their department of health website. (I’ve written many of letters and request to the Alabama Department of Health for death certificates)
- Vital Check: Don’t feel like writing to the health department to get your ancestor’s divorce record? Well Vital Check is a faster option to order without the writing, they even have an expedited shipping options to get your vital record.( I’ve used it and I found it to be a little pricer than just writing directly to the health department)
- Go in person: Do you live in the same city, county, or state the ancestor(s) you are researching and trying to obtain the vital record for? Use the CDC link or google how to obtain vital records in person in your area. Depending how busy they are you might be able to get the vital record right there on the spot of course for a fee. (I had to wait about and hour for my ancestor’s death certificate)
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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.