The Calendar for Familytreegirl

I love the opportunity to share, coach, teach and facilitate learning. Various topics are included, some link to genealogical research,  bullying in the workplace and housing counseling. Below is a taste of the “Familytreegirl” on the road:

September 22, Financial Preparedness in the event of a disaster, Charlottesville, VA

September 26, 10am Louisa County Library, Virginia-Challenges with African American Genealogy

Oct 1, 2015, Bullying in the Workplace workshop, Albemarle County, VA, Charlottesville, Va

Oct 12-14, Virginia Association of Housing Counselors, Richmond, Va

Oct 15-17, 2015 36th National Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Richmond VA

Oct 23, Shippensburg University, Restoring and Protecting Dignity at Work: Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying in the Workplace

November 7, Charlottesville Family History Center Genealogy Conference, LDS Chapel, Charlottesville, VA

Feb 3-6, 2016 Rootstech, Salt Lake City, UT

July 12-14, Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)-on the road!

Thanks, enough for now! If you want any information, send me a message.

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Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center’s Renovation to Begin in Early November


Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter shares the upcoming renovation information at Allen County Public Library! Allen Co. Library is the largest holder of US records for genealogy, it sounds fabulous.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

fortwaynelibraryThe Allen County Public Library’s board of trustees has approved a $138,541 contract to reconfigure about 2,000 square feet of the downtown library’s second-floor Genealogy Center.

Staff members say that the space, as originally designed, no longer meets the needs of the way family history researchers do their work today. New technology means that more family history research is being done online with digitized records resulting in less need to access the same records on microfilm.

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Phasing Yourself


Do you have your DNA in GEDmatch? if so, view this popular blog and see something new to help enhance your research. Good luck.

Originally posted on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy:

Do you ever have one of those “lightbulb” moments?

I do.

I was wishing there was a way at GedMatch to compare everyone against me and my mother at the same time – to see who we both match.  And then I realized….there is….but not in the way I had been thinking.

Both of my parents are deceased now, but my mother swabbed before she passed over…a gift I thank her for daily.

GedMatch provides a Phasing program, under Analyze Your Data.

GedMatch phasing

I used the Phasing program to recreate my father whose DNA hasn’t been available from him since 1963.  I had my DNA and my mother’s autosomal DNA results, so the phasing program compared those two files and split my DNA in half and created a “half” file that is my mother and the remainder “half” file that is my father – or at least the half of him…

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On a regular basis you can find blogs to follow. Some tell stories incorporating the steps they did to accomplish a task during their genealogy research. Researching maiden names are one of those difficult tasks we all will encounter. provides some tips to follow. Enjoy and good luck.

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This 1956 guidebook for black travelers is an important reminder of America’s racist past


Posted by George Geder, great guidebook to view from 1956. Know who you are and who you come from! Educate your young ones on how it was and still is in some places.

Originally posted on Fusion:

During the Jim Crow era, traveling in the United States for African-Americans was difficult and often dangerous. Motels and restaurants didn’t have to serve you if they didn’t want to. “Sundown towns”—places where it was unsafe to be black at night—dotted the nation’s geography. If you were driving around the country, the only way to know if you were safe was by word-of-mouth.

But a black civic leader named Victor H. Green came up with a better, more permanent solution. In the early 1930s, he began publishing a compendium of tips and wisdom for black travelers called The Negro Motorist’s Green Book, which would become better known as just the Green Book.

In its heyday, each edition of the Green Book was selling around 15,000 copies. Green’s guidebook was horrifyingly, frustratingly necessary for African-American motorists, business travelers, and vacationers to use while driving the roads and interstates of this country.

Indeed, the 1949 edition

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Was Your British Ancestor a Slave Owner?


Dick Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter is another excellent one to follow. Here is an overview and tips if your British Ancestor was a Slave Owner. So far in my ancestry, my British ancestry were not slave holders. Please follow his blog, there are lessons to learn and info to know.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833. Those who had owned slaves were compensated at the time for their financial losses when they lost their slaves. Historians from University College London (UCL) have catalogued the 46,000 British subjects who were compensated by the British government for losing in total 800,000 slaves as a result of abolition. Descendants of the last British slave owners can now find out about their ancestors’ involvement.

These 46,000 slave owners were compensated a total of £20 million (£17 billion today). The research team discovered that it was not only the rich elite that had vested interest in slaves but also clergymen, shop owners and ‘ordinary’ members of the British middle classes. It is estimated that 10 per cent of Britons who died in the 18th century had benefited from slavery and that up to 15 per cent of the British elite were involved…

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My Slave Ancestors Blog by Robyn Smith

This blog has some great information on how to research your slave ancestry. For those who are researching slave ancestry are familiar with the challenges. It is critical to know where to locate records and know what records you are looking for. I always suggest when you are researching any ancestor that you develop a timeline. Put things in chronological order, inputting everything that happened in the community  where they lived. Visit Robyn’s blog and enjoy:

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