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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.


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 U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Year: 1920; Census Place: East Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: T625_1413; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 118

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First School Record

Last month I visited Youngstown, OH to do some research on my grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother, I didn’t find quite what I wanted. I did ask the archivist at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center where to look for school records and she suggested contacting the one of the local high school’s in the area lived in. The archivist told me to write a letter instead of calling or emailing, she thought I would have a better chance in getting a response if I wrote a letter. Two weeks after I got back home and after speaking to cousin Melvina who is exploring school records for some of our relatives, I decided to write a letter. I honestly didn’t think I would get a response but about week after I mailed the letter I received and email from a lovely lady named Ms. G who said she would look for anything she could find.

I got a little excited someone responded to my letter but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Two days after the first email she sends me the record below, this is the annual pupil card they keep on all students who attended Campbell City School and they had one for my grandmother. Ms. G even said she’ll look for more records for me over the summer.  Ms. G told me her grandparents actually lived at 17 Madison while my grandmother lived at 18 Madison, I did a little research and I don’t think our families were there at the same time but this is still cool to know either way. If looking for school records, just like the archivist suggested to me, try writing a letter first instead of sending an email to the local schools in your ancestor’s area or even to the board of education to inquire about records. Thank you Ms. G for my first school record.


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How Are We Related?


No matter if you are a professional genealogist or just beginning to discover your roots, I think this family relationship chart recreated by the good folks at ( free online family tree builder) is one we should all have. Created by Alice J. Ramsay in 1987, Crestleaf’s colorful version of the family relationship chart makes it easier to see how family relationships work. Be sure to visit to download the this handy-dandy family relationship chart as well as checkout all the other neat stuff has to offer.

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Pictures To The Past

This is my first time seeing these photos of my Grandma in her earlier years thanks to my Aunt Linda. 🙂

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Family Skillet


I never thought to ask my mom where this black cast iron skillet came from until on our drive back from Virginia this past weekend. She told me the skillet was her mothers and it had to be at least 58 years old,  my mom even confirmed with her older sister, my Aunt Geri to make sure. In the mid 1950s my mom and her family migrated from Alabama to New York, so my grandmother Clittee had to buy new cookware because she left all her pots and pans behind in Alabama. When my parents got married in 1970 my mom asked my grandmother for the skillet because it cooked so well, and since then grandmother’s skillet has been in our household. My brother already put his bid to get the skillets but since there are a couple we can split I guess…

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Artensie Wesley Cox

My grandmother Artensie “Tense” Wesley was the second eldest child born to Lonnie Wesley and Mary Jane Burgess in Natchez, Monroe County, Alabama. Artensie moved to Bay Minette, Alabama in the early 1940s where she and her husband Jesse Cox raised four children. Once moving to Bay Minette she became a devoted and active member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Artensie served as a Sunday school teacher, and would later become the president of the Senior Choir and member of the Senior Missionary Department. Artensie assisted in establishing “The Young Women’s Club”. The Church now has a “Family and Friends Day” which also bears her name.

Artensie Wesley Cox

Artensie Wesley Cox

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Clittee Christian

My grandmother Clittee Christian was born In Ensley Jefferson County, Alabama to Georgiana Beck and James Christian. Clittee was primarily raised by her grandmother Minnie Belle in Youngstown, Ohio. As a young girl, Clittee could enjoyed roller skating, school and playing the piano, which she could play by ear. After going back down to Alabama, Clittee even played the piano at the Magnolia Baptist Church during the Sunday service.
Clittee Christian
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10th Year Celebration


This past Sunday Jan. 12th, in honor of my grandmother Artensie, her church Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church  celebrated its 1oth year anniversary of their Family & Friends Day Celebration. I wasn’t able to attend but my cousin took a couple pics of the program and shared it with the family that was not able to make it.

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Grandma’s Bible

My grandmother (Clittee Christian Walker) bible from 1966 when she lived in Monticello, NY and attended Bethlehem Temple Church. She list the names and births of her children as well as the names of her parents and her husband’s (Wilson) parents, the date she got married and also the date she received the bible. Another cool thing to me is she noted scriptures and activities going on during that time and dated them in her bible.

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