#22 Laying down the law to get records straight about Black ancestral police officers

I often call us history detectives. That is, as researchers of often neglected or distorted history recounts, we must be vigilant to get the stories corrected about our ancestors whose career choices may seem odd to some individuals. For instance, our cousin, Ronald Bartee, retired from law enforcement after several years of stellar service includingContinue reading “#22 Laying down the law to get records straight about Black ancestral police officers”

#21 In Genealogy detective work: Balance past with pass

Deep into our genealogy research about ancestors we knew and others we learn more about through our “detective” work, there are lots of opportunities for spiritual understanding and growth. I know. Seek balance. Forgive what you know such as learning an ancestor was imprisioned or moved away for work and never returned to the communityContinue reading “#21 In Genealogy detective work: Balance past with pass”

#21 In Genealogy detective work: Balance past with pass

Deep into our genealogy research about ancestors we knew and others we learn more about through our “detective” work, there are lots of opportunities for spiritual understanding and growth. I know. Seek balance. Forgive what you know such as learning an ancestor was imprisioned or moved away for work and never returned to the communityContinue reading “#21 In Genealogy detective work: Balance past with pass”

#20 How to celebrate this special Juneteenth

Surprise! U.S. Senate unanimously passes the move to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. The U.S. House also passed the measure It’s been a long time. Juneteenth has been an official holiday in Texas for 40 years and in 46 other states around the nation. Private and public celebrations have in full steam a lot longer,Continue reading “#20 How to celebrate this special Juneteenth”

#17 Did you know about the little-known African American community that formed in Weed, California?

June 7, 2021, is the 14-year aniversary of Weed Union Elementary School teacher James Langford’s retirement. Langford is significant to Weed’s African American heritage because he insisted on that history being taught in the schools. He also wrote a thesis about the 1920s migration and related progress in the small northern California city. Langford arrivedContinue reading “#17 Did you know about the little-known African American community that formed in Weed, California?”

#16 Keep digging: Special find for a young genealogist

St. Louis, Mo. TV Newsman Damon Arnold was fortunate to find fantastic info about his ancestor. I am proud of Damon locating a mentally and physically strong former slave who became a Civil War vetetan. His fighting did not end there. Damon’s great-great-great grandfather also fought gallantly to receive his pension. Read on and learnContinue reading “#16 Keep digging: Special find for a young genealogist”

#15 Happy Trails along the Park Service’s sites honoring African American heritage

There are several trails that have not been traveled by us due in part to the global shutdown of U.S. Park Service sites and just about every organization during the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic. As the rolling openings are underway, it’s time to discover the 17 U.S. Park sites that honor our African American ancestors. ForContinue reading “#15 Happy Trails along the Park Service’s sites honoring African American heritage”

When the student meets the teacher …

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the alumni of the Good Genes Genealogical Services, Inc.’s inaugural Intro to Black Genealogy workhsops in February 2021, will present their great research findings. Their presentations will culminate in an hour-or-so webinar that will debut a month from today’s post. The alumni webinar is a natural progression from the numerousContinue reading “When the student meets the teacher …”