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”
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”
Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois, I am used to frequent ribbing about the Midwestern “foreign land.” It was while I was attending Clark College (now CAU, a HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia, that I first became the subject of great humor about my Midwestern upbringing. It helped that my maiden surname is “Wead”Continue reading “#28 Linking fruit trees to family trees”
“They forgot about the colored soldiers,” Grandma Robinson always said without specifying the “who” in her recollections.