Posts Tagged With: family

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.”

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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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Dock Walker’s Homestead

This past October I took a trip with most of my mom’s siblings to Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. In an earlier blog post I posted pictures of them going to the Westview Cemetery,(Click Here). The seven minute video shows of two of my mom’s order brothers visiting the homestead of their grandfather Dock Walker Sr.

 

Bromley from Tasia on Vimeo.

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Friday’s Faces From The Past:My Grandparents

This is Artensie Wesley born 27 Oct 1917 and Jessie Cox born 25 Oct 1919 and they were my grandparents and since they recently had birthdays I thought it was only right to have them as my Friday’s Faces From The Past. May the both rest in peace.

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Research Road Trip:Touching HerStory


One of my stops was to the Westview Cemetery in Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. I had been to the cemetery two times previously but this time was special. This was the first time since my mother and six of her siblings had been back to Bromley to visit all at the same time. Most of them had not even been to this cemetery where both their father’s family and mother’s family were buried. Me being the genealogist of the family I explained certain relationships to them since some of those folks they never even heard of. It was kinda cool looking at them taking pictures of their ancestors. I made sure I touched all of my female ancestors headstones buried in the Westview Cemetery, I am truly blessed that they have headstones and the cemetery is for the for most part kept up. Some people don’t know where their grandparents are buried and I am able to put my hand on and still read the headstone of Diniah Burke my great great great grandmother. Minnie Belle Stacks, my great great grandmother and Diniah’s daughter. Lillie Walker my great grandmother and her mother Emma Watson, my great great grandmother. Next time I go visit the cemetery I hope I have some of the younger folks with me so I can show them their history.

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Research Road Trip: DNA Cousins

I decided to take a trip south while I had some time and on my way to Alabama I made a stop in Georgia and while I was there I reached out to three of my DNA cousins (discovered via ancestrydna). Garron, DeVan, and Octavia, I was so glad Garron and Octavia agreed to meet with me, DeVan and I actually met two years ago briefly but we stayed in touch. Garron, Octavia and Mia (my DNA cousin who I met in Birmingham) still don’t know our common ancestor(s). Garron and Octavia are on my maternal side while DeVan and Mia are on my paternal side, DeVan’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Mia and I have a couple surname names in common, Moorer and Snow, while Octavia and Garron share Camden, Wilcox County. Of course I would have loved to figured out how I was related to my other three DNA cousins but just meeting them was pretty cool, we bonded over our love for genealogy and getting to know our family. I didn’t have to grow up with them to consider them or call them my cousin.

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Garron, DeVan, Octavia and Mia

 

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The DNA Journey feat. Karen

“To celebrate diversity in the world we asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test. It turns out that they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have imagined. In this short film, you can join Karen on her emotional journey into who she really is.”  momondo

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WHAT IS BLACK PROGEN LIVE?

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Have you heard of BLACK PROGEN LIVE ? Well if you haven’t checkout these two awesome videos by Nicka Smith  explaining what BLACK PROGEN LIVE is.

 

“Announcing two new segments on BlackProGen LIVE in 2017. Watch and learn more about Ask Mariah and AncestryMakers. To apply for either segment, please visit http://goo.gl/uQuBoN Good luck! For the latest from our panel and more, follow us on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/BlackProGen

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Looking for your missing female ancestor?

Joy Neighbors, a writer for Insidertoronto.com offered up some useful tips on how to find your missing female ancestors in an article she recently wrote for the website. Click on the link to read her suggestions.

 

Mary Jane Burgess

Pictured above is my Great Grandmother Mary Jane Burgess Wesley

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How I met cousin Brandon

Before I left for Las Vegas a couple weeks ago I told my friend I wanted to meet a new cousin but I was sort of doubtful since I hadn’t connected with any DNA cousins or relatives period in Las Vegas. I walked by a man wearing cowboy hat, white V neck t-shirt and sweatpants as I was going to my hotel room in Bally’s Hotel.  The man’s outfit was a little odd to me anyway once I got upstairs to the room I check  Facebook and guess who I see on my feed? That’s right cousin the man wearing the cowboy hat, now you may say well he’s your Facebook friend you should have known him, well I didn’t (lol) I have so many cousins on Facebook I haven’t gotten a chance to introduce myself to and he (Brandon) was one of them. When I noticed Brandon was the guy I saw downstairs in the hotel/casino I immediately sent him a message “Hey Cuz,  I just saw you (not to be creepy) but you had on a cowboy hat” Since we never met before I didn’t want to come off crazy or stalkerish. He responded, and I think equally excited to meet me as I was to meet him,  we got a chance to meet and talked for about 45 minutes ( it was late)  but we ended up exchanging numbers and said we’ll stay in touch. Cousin Brandon was really cool and all about family which made us meeting a little less awkward. Now tell me that wasn’t something?! We just happened to be in Las Vegas ( neither one of us live there), at the same hotel (I was actually just working out of that hotel) at the same time.  I am going to Philadelphia next I want to meet a new cousin ( let’s see if this works again ) 🙂

 

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