#46 Understanding African American Grave Markers in Arkansas

Our family — the Wilks, Wilkes, Gray, Lee, Owen, Weed and Wead — made their homes in Arkansas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. That is where many also paid into burial insurance offered by fraternal organizations. The insurance also paid for grave markers that also came with special fraternal graphics. Those special insignasContinue reading “#46 Understanding African American Grave Markers in Arkansas”

#45 Gripping story of slave-to-preacher

Could John Jea be your ancestor? This provocative story is not for the faint of heart. John Jea was born in 1773. He describes the horrors of the near starvation and awful beatings. He was a young man from Old Callabar, a place in Nigeria, Africa. The author likely came from a proud status inContinue reading “#45 Gripping story of slave-to-preacher”

#44 Check out this 1895 newspaper delinquent account announcement

In the same edition of the <a href=”http://<a href=”https://www.newspapers.com/clip/86791782/paper-edition-announcing-the-marriage-of/&#8221; style=”text-decoration: none;display:block;” target=”_parent”><img src=”https://img.newspapers.com/img/img?clippingId=86791782&width=700&height=669&ts=1607535806&#8243; alt=”Paper edition announcing the marriage of James A. Hoover and Emma Schwartzy, 5th great grandparents” style=”max-width:100%;”><span style=”display:block;font: 13px helvetica, sans-serif; color: #747474;padding: 4px 0;max-width: 700px;”><strong>Paper edition announcing the marriage of James A. Hoover and Emma Schwartzy, 5th great grandparents</strong> 29 Mar 1895,Continue reading “#44 Check out this 1895 newspaper delinquent account announcement”

#43 The more you learn, the more you learn in genealogy research

Our broadcast genealogy leader is Harvard Professor, Author and forever research Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I am marking my physical and virtual calendars to January 2022 when Dr. Gates next season of <a href=”http://<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/erpwv1pQxbs&#8221; title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>”Finding Your Roots” debuts. Here’s the teaser.Continue reading “#43 The more you learn, the more you learn in genealogy research”

#42 Lost? Find your ancestors using these sites

It’s Freebies Friday from your hosts, Good Genes Genealogy! Take a peak at our book, “Out of Sight…” published in February 2021 that puts you on the right path to locate your ancestors. Go to https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-s-owen-ms-and-dr-ann-lineve-wead/out-of-sight-an-introduction-to-unearthing-your-african-american-and-afro-caribbean-genealogy/ebook/product-k447kz.html An excerpt from our book: There are thousands of federal, state, local and private records that offer guidance forContinue reading “#42 Lost? Find your ancestors using these sites”

#41 City Directories address ancestral gaps

There is no better resource than city directories to locate and confirm your ancestral loved ones. A year after my father was born, the 1936 city directory of Omaha, Nebraska provided great insight into the following: The names of my grandparents, Sampson and Daisy Wead. The occupation of my grandparents. My grandfather was a laborerContinue reading “#41 City Directories address ancestral gaps”

#40 My DNA results updates: Diversity+

My DNA results were recently updated by ancestry.com. After a decade, I love receiving the additional research. In summary, I’m related to a diverse population: Updated September 2021¬†https://www.ancestry.com/dna/origins/9DBE5BC7-21AB-45AB-BA2F-0B23BF88E3B3?o_iid=90600&o_lid=90600&o_sch=Web%20Property

#39 Honor your ancestors on World Heart Day

It may seem morbid, and it is. However, it is VERY important that we research our family ancestry to learn about health trends and episodes. As in the case of many of my paternal and maternal ancestors, their cause of death is heart-related. My 2nd Great-Grandfather succumbed to “Ch. Myocarditis” on December 20, 1932. HeContinue reading “#39 Honor your ancestors on World Heart Day”

#39 Honoring Black Women’s Suffrage Movement Strength on National Voter Registration Day 2021

Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879 – 1961) urged white and Black women to work together for the right to vote. Her efforts did not result in the equal rights for women to vote when the 1920 amendment was passed and white women were granted the right to vote. On this day, Sept. 28, 2021, deemed theContinue reading “#39 Honoring Black Women’s Suffrage Movement Strength on National Voter Registration Day 2021”

#38 Story of Muhammad Ali’s first attorney “lost” in the river … her contribution rolls on

The worthy search for ancestors, friends and other loved ones remains important. As newbie or veteran genealogists, the precious lives of ancestors are not always scripted with a pleasant ending. Yet, we are comforted by the achievements of so many pioneers who paved the way for us. Such is the case of the little-known civilContinue reading “#38 Story of Muhammad Ali’s first attorney “lost” in the river … her contribution rolls on”