Posts Tagged With: research

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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BlackProGen LIVE: DNA

If you missed last night’s episode of BlackProGen LIVE on DNA be sure to take a look at the video below.

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Asking Ancestors

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I saw this post on Ancestry’s Instagram account the other day and I would ask if they are proud of the research I am doing? I often wonder if they are looking down on me and saying thank you, thank you for looking for us, thank you for trying to share their story, thank you for not forgetting us.  What question would you ask your ancestors?

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Family History Month!

What are you doing to celebrate Family History Month? I’m going to on a research trip…

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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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Vlog #2

I promise these will get better :). The point of this Vlog is to let people know although DNA is great and it will not replace actual research that needs to be done to research your ancestry. I got so caught up with trying to connect with DNA cousins that I stopped actually researching, for me DNA should be an aid to the research I have done.

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Salt Lake City Recap

Salt Lake City was beautiful and the Professional Management Conference was great! I met some awesome genealogists like Kenyetta Berry, Kelvin Meyer, Michael McCormick, Rick Fogalty and Thomas MacEntee just to name a few. They each offered me some useful research as well as career advice which I greatly appreciated. A couple of the conference sessions I attended were, Mind Maps for Genealogy, a mind map is a diagram which could be used for brainstorming ideas and organize information. Genealogist Ron Arons demonstrated some ways mind mapping could be used for genealogical purposes like organizing genealogy finding for an ancestor. Click here for mini Mind Mapping tutorial. I also attended Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener,  Scrivener is a word processor as well as project management program used to aid  writers to arrange text, images, PDFs,web pages, audio and video files. Kimberly Powell gave us a lesson on the software and why she thinks it’s a great tool for genealogists like herself. Click here for mini Scrivener tutorial

With the little free time I had in Salt Lake City visited the Family History Library, once I walked in I was greeted by friendly patrons. I was led into this viewing room where I watched a five minute video about the library, it’s holdings, what was on what floor and how to go about starting my research. Once I finished the video I was greeted by another patron who immediately started assisting me, everyone that I encountered at the Family History Library were really helpful, I wish I more time to research and tour the library but I do plan to go back…when it’s warmer 😉

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Family History Month!

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October is Family History Month so try to uncover some of your interesting family history.

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How Do You Show Off Your Ancestors?

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How do you show off your ancestors or research finding? As for myself, I’d much rather spend money on putting an old family document that has meaning to me on a shirt or use my blog background as my iphone case cover. Than wearing clothes with the designers names plastered all over and advertising for them. I don’t just do this to be different but I’m truly proud of my family and the research I am doing, so why not show off my ancestors? Two good sites off the top off my head Ancestry.com and Shutterfly.com  shucks I can even help you turn your research findings into amazing keepsakes or clothing that you can be proud to show off.

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Military Headstones

While doing some research on Ancestry.com I came across two military headstone applications. One for my grandfather filled out for my grandmother and another for my great uncle filled out by my great grandfather. Its just amazing to see my great grandfather’s signature, a man who had to learn how to read and write as an adult.

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IMG_4471My grandfather’s original headstone

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James Walker

James Walker

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