Did you miss BlackProGen Live!: EP74? Don’t worry you can what it below.
“So, you’ve done a great job finding your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to try to locate their living descendants. In this episode, we’ll cover tips and tricks you can use to safely and respectfully unearth the identities of your living cousins.”
I didn’t know too much or have any contact with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox’s family before I started researching, so I never thought I would find, let alone meet any of her relatives. Well allow me to introduce you to Frank Moorer Sr., Jessie’s first cousin. Frank was one of 12 born January 27th 1896 to Thad Moorer and Caroline Hale in Farmsville, Lowndes County, AL. Frank lived until rightful age of 104 years old. Frank was the “living connection to the past, for he had known many people who had been slaves, who has witnessed the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Last September I had the great pleasure of meeting four of Frank’s children who shared memories of their father. Connecting with them was amazing.
Through my genealogical research via ancestry.com I was able to connect with relatives in Alabama on my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox side of the family. Last week traveled to Alabama and I had the pleasure to meet Frank Moorer, a cousin who I had been in contact with since April. We both descend from Adam Moorer who is said to have been born in South Caroline and Malinda Hale born in Alabama. Frank said he told his siblings about me and they also wanted to meet me, I was excited to meet my family, I felt like I was on a an episode of Who Do You Think You Are and or Finding Your Roots. I went from having never met a single relative on my great grandmother’s side to being introduced to a whole family. It still feels a little surreal that I met them, they made me feel so welcome like I had known them for years. I definitely look forward to meeting more of my Moorer family members.
I think sites like Ancestry.com as well as 23andme.com are great tools not only for genealogy but to also connect with new family members. On my way to Alabama I stopped in Atlanta and I was able to meet for the first time my cousin DeVan who I am related to on my grandmother Artensie’s side of the family, we still don’t know the direct link but it is from that side of the family. I have also spoken to cousin Sonny who also descends from Adam Moorer and Malinda Hale, and cousin Tina who like DeVan we are still trying to find that common ancestor but no the less these are my cousins.
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