#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”

#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”

#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”

#37 Ancestor Appreciation Day … surprises!

My ancestors come in all shapes, sizes, colors and names. I appreciate that as our history is intertwined with one another. There is no escaping our past. That is why we study genealogy and that is to honor our ancestors for “going through” to allow us to live on this earth today and in futureContinue reading “#37 Ancestor Appreciation Day … surprises!”

#35 How to set up your family chart template

There are many free tools to help the budding family ancestry trackers to experienced genealogists set up charts and trees to affirm our heritage. Start somewhere, even if you have one complete name of an ancestor. Our heritage aids in our current-day families’ spiritual, mental and physical health.

#34 How to research the “Grand” legacies

In honor of Grandparents Day, consider digging a little deeper to gain those important nuggets from the family tree. Honor your ancestral grandparents by researching your family’s histories. Begin with the most sacred and lasting technique in African American, Afro Caribbean, Native American and other cultures’ and that is storytelling. Here are a few tips:Continue reading “#34 How to research the “Grand” legacies”

#23 Who do you think you are?

Ultimately, who are we? Based on our twisted and tangled family histories, African Americans and Afro Caribbeans are the ones whose ancestors were sold and traded to satisfy enslavers’ mortgages and other sales. We want to get answers to this question about ‘who are we?’ as we remove bricks and tree forests to answer ourContinue reading “#23 Who do you think you are?”