#14 Lest we forget: Digging up the facts about Decoration Day, first celebrated on May 1, 1865

Step-by-step guide on how to get to the truth and improve everyone’s ancestry facts When was the first Decoration Day ceremony held? 1865 or 1868? Who was present at that sacred ceremony? Three thousand black school children, northern missionaries and mutual aid societies … or … Southern white women. How much pre-work was completed priorContinue reading “#14 Lest we forget: Digging up the facts about Decoration Day, first celebrated on May 1, 1865”

“We can see love and joy as we celebrate our ancestors and our history through the eyes of our children.”

Each morning, my goal is to meditate and pray with more integrity and purpose than the day before. This morning, I reflected upon an opening statement from Hillside International Truth Center’s February 2021’s Daily Thoughts from the Hill. The statement that is highlighted in the headline of this post is a great centering point. InContinue reading ““We can see love and joy as we celebrate our ancestors and our history through the eyes of our children.””

#13 How to learn off-court genealogy lessons from on-the-court play

Check out my other blog that I just posted http://weadwriteawaygoodgenes.com/2021/05/23/the-net-result-of-104-years-of-black-women-in-tennis-slowe-serve-to-turnbough/. It provides the linkage between historical and current actitivites on the tennis courts. involving black athletes. Here’s how to transfer play into pay. In this example, the “play” is tennis. The “pay” is the pay off in historical, sometimes ancestral connections between former days andContinue reading “#13 How to learn off-court genealogy lessons from on-the-court play”

#12 Genealogy 101 Tip: How to begin your basic, 4 generational research

One of the most often comments I receive from individuals wishing to learn more about their ancestors is something like this: “I don’t know much or anything about my relatives on my mother’s (or father’s) side.” “Genealogy research is too time consuming.” I understand. Step One Build your tree by placing your full name (ladies:Continue reading “#12 Genealogy 101 Tip: How to begin your basic, 4 generational research”

What about the Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage?

If you are like me and have ties to African American and/or Afro Caribbean ancestry — even a smidget — you are likely a candidate for membership in this great organization: Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. Take the time to learn more about historical events involving our special category of ancestors.Continue reading “What about the Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage?”

Repost #11 Genealogy TipSheet: Don’t forget the Potter’s fields

It is a tough lick when one cannot locate a relative whom we know existed, yet is not “findable.” In genealogy research, we refer to such situations as brick walls. One tool to help chip away at those walls are found in places that we may driven past a hundred times. In my home stateContinue reading “Repost #11 Genealogy TipSheet: Don’t forget the Potter’s fields”

#10 Best tips on attending virtual or in-person Genealogy confabs

Each week, my Good Genes Genealogy Services’ biz partner and first cousin, Mark Owen, and I meet to review our week’s activities and plan for the upcoming months. Our discussiions always include vibrant dialogue about the webinars, live virtual sessions and other related conferences that we recently attended. Since COVID-19 rocked our worlds in earlyContinue reading “#10 Best tips on attending virtual or in-person Genealogy confabs”

Spiritual nuturing reminds us to keep on keepin’ on in family genealogy research

Saturday, May 15, 2021 I AM MY ANCESTORS        In life, there is no separation. There is no separation from the past, the present, and the future. We are the center of it all. We are the life of God that lived as our ancestors. They passed their life on to us. Who they areContinue reading “Spiritual nuturing reminds us to keep on keepin’ on in family genealogy research”

#9 Tribute for a new ancestor: Take note on how to write a resolution to honor a loved one

I had the honor of working with a fine man, William Durant, during my tenure as Director, Fulton County (Atlanta, GA) Government’s Information and Public Affairs Department. That was several years ago. From time to time, I wonder what became of Bill and a few other fine co-workers from various career appointments that I wasContinue reading “#9 Tribute for a new ancestor: Take note on how to write a resolution to honor a loved one”

Generational Love: Happy Birthday, Aunt Marjorie!

She is a ball of fun-fire! Two weeks ago, she told me that she doesn’t like her first name — Nannie — although she is named for her grandmother, Nannie Bradley. GrandAunt Marjorie said COVID-19 severly cut out her interaction with folk. She was the recreation center leader on so many activities. Visiting her? IContinue reading “Generational Love: Happy Birthday, Aunt Marjorie!”