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ROOTS TECH 2021

Roots Tech is here! Click on the link below to join in on the virtual conference

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021

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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.

Sources:

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

Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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: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?

Sources:

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(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRV4-C9H : 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(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRVH-93K : 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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Ancestors Binder

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Birth Announcement

This birth announcement clipping was in The Baldwin Times Newspaper (found on newspapers.com) in 1927. My Great Grandparents, Scott and Jessie Cox gave birth to a daughter a couple weeks after their eldest daughter Mary Cox Young had her daughter. I didn’t realize that mother and daughter were pregnant at the same time until I saw this birth announcement. Mary Cox Young was born about 1905, a whole 22 years before her younger sister Ruth was born. I am not sure how close Mary and Ruth were since there was such a large age gap and Mary was already out the house raising a family of her own when Ruth was born.

 

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This is a photo from 2016 of myself, Aunt Ruth’s son and Aunt Mary’s grandchildren, this was my first time meeting Aunt Mary’s grandchildren.

 

 

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The Little Things

I’ve posted about this before but newspapers are such a great resource for genealogical research. Newspapers articles about your ancestor or relative can fill in some gaps when other documents are missing i.e  the 1890 Federal Census. Newspapers can also give you a better understanding of their lives and what life might have been for them in their areas. Sites such as newspapers.com, genealogybank.com, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov , nypl.org have hundreds maybe even thousands of old newspapers your ancestors or relatives might have been mentioned in. You can even just google old newspapers in the specific location you are researching and see what you find. I’ve have browsed multiple newspapers for free by just googling.

This might not seem like much to most but I think it’s pretty cool to see my Great Grandfather Dock Walker name in the paper as well as to know he had a subscription to The Baldwin Times newspaper.

For Family History Month I will be sharing articles I found regarding my family in newspapers as well as other interesting articles and ads in different newspapers to give us a glimpse back in time.

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The Baldwin Times
Bay Minette, Alabama
12 Oct 1950, Thu (newspapers.com)

 

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 68: The Whos and the Whens

Check this episode out to “learn about how identifying friends, associates, neighbors and the timelines in between can help you!”

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 11/1

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Pedigree: A person’s ancestry, lineage, family tree.(Definition from genealogy.com)

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Tracing The Hairstons

“Tracing the Hairstons reveals the struggles and triumphs of a family that is bound by a name through the worst atrocity in American History. From both the black and white lens, these Hairston’s tell stories of hardship, pain, bravery, plantation life, triumph and legacy.”

Visit Click Here for more information regarding the documentary and to donate and or follow.

 

Tracing the Hairstons Seed&Spark Video from princess hairston on Vimeo.

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The Little Red Schoolhouse

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The Blakeley School also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1920 in Bromley Baldwin County, AL by the families in the community. The school’s  first teacher was Mrs. Rebecca E. Burke Tompkins and my grandmother’s grand aunt. The last time I was in Bay Minette, my mom, aunts and uncles and I stopped by the Little Red Schoolhouse which is on the property of Baldwin County Board of Education in Bay Minette. Soon the school will be moved to the Bicentennial Park in Stockton. I think this was the first time they had seen the school since they each attended many, years ago. I am always glad to be a part of moments like this as well as share them with others.

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