To My Fellow White Ladies

Very clear and to the point. Please read and share. Thank you for sharing your view “white lady”. I really appreciate this.

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White ladies, I have some bad news.

I love you.

(That is not the bad news. I just want to say it first, because I do love you.)

You raised me. You are most of the ladies I spend time with. You are all of the ladies that I am related to. You are most of the ladies that I learned with, and work with. You are the ladies who licked a hankie and wiped my face before the pastor of the parish came around to our table. You are the ladies who taught me how to cook the things your husbands and sons loved to eat. You are the ladies who showed me to tuck a pair of pads and a bottle of ibuprofen into my purse, always (always! don’t forget). You are the ladies who smoothed your hands down my hair while I fell asleep in your lap. You…

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Research ladies of Jefferson Co

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Special thanks to Walter and Sarah! ? ? ? ? ? ?    The first Gathering at Harewood Plantation just outside of Charles Town! Hosted by S.Walter Washington and Sarah Brown, both direct descendants…

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Announcing MAAGI! July 12-14

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(2015 MAAGI Students and Facilitators, Harris Stowe University, St. Louis, MO)  For the past three years the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) has provided an amazing learning experience for genealogists and researchers. MAAGI is an institute and…

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Freedmen’s Bureau Project Completed with Nearly 2 Million Records of Freed Slaves Indexed

This is good news, great partnership. Thanks for sharing the information Dick Eastman. These records will be vital for anyone research African American and Refugees. Thank you to all the individuals who spent time indexing these records. I can’t wait to access them.

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A project to index the records of 4 million freed African-American slaves is now completed, almost a year to the day after the project was launched by the LDS Church’s FamilySearch International genealogy service with an announcement June 19 of last year at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project has marshaled the efforts of 18,940 volunteers working coast to coast in the United States and Canada, uncovering the names of nearly 1.8 million of some 4 million pre-Civil War era slaves.

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Let Your Cell Phone Tell You About “History Here”

Having access to information is becoming an addiction. Now an app from the History Channel. Alright Dick Eastman, sharing information on an app, means I am downloading it now. Love this history channel app. thanks for sharing!

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

History Here is a fascinating cell phone app produced by the History Channel. It displays historical locations that may be hidden all around you, including architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes, tombstones, and much more.

You can use it at home to learn what historical events happened near you. However, the History Here app will also come in handy when you’re traveling to a new city as it locates large and small museums alike. It also finds events, both famous and obscure. For instance, the first time I used History Here, it displayed information about the first National Women’s Rights Convention held in 1850 a few miles from my home. Who knew?

Besides historic homes and museums, the app also maps many graves of historic figures. Hit a spot on the map, and you’ll get a brief history lesson. You can save spots and later receive alerts when you’re walking…

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Your Ancestors owned slaves-now what?

Sharing a couple of interesting blogs. What do you do if you find that your ancestor’s were slave holders? Do you panic, get embarrassed or are you ashamed or begin the denial thoughts. I have white ancestors and a black one who both owned slaves, it is history and stories and the truth needs to be told.  Why doesn’t it need to be told, so people understand and learn the struggles. We are hear because they survived slavery. It is a shameful part of the American History, but do not fear or run from it. The USA has never accepted or handled this portion (and others) of the history. It has and is ignored in the school system and some families do not pass it down. Sometimes your faith keeps this blocked and that is a huge struggle for everyone.

Also, I suggest it is well worth reading Judy G. Russell, aka “the Legal Genealogist blog as well her “Coming to the table” article.

Well listen, you will survive! (with emphasis of Donna Summer’s song in my head) On Facebook a posting was shared today by “respect-the-flow” (who I do not know)  and it says it all for me:


Also check this blog out:

So my recommendation is to educate yourself and your family on the arena of slave research. Don’t panic you are not the only one. Geez, if your people came from the south, well north too, there is a great possibility they own slaves. Another recommendation is to join a few genealogy groups, learn how to do the research and open your mind to table conversations. Visit the Coming to the Table group, there are several chapters around the country…

Know your Roots, they are Long and Strong.

Posted in Genealogy | 1 Comment releases new Civil War records for Memorial Day

It’s memorial day, let’s celebrate and do some research on our military ancestors. We are proud and need to tell their story. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter/The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter shares the newly released information from Family Search. Family Search has released some Civil War records. Enjoy and good luck!

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As millions of Americans pay respects to their ancestors on Memorial Day weekend, is making it easier to find information on Civil War veterans, including those who “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

FamilySearch added to the millions of records it provides free in its major Civil War collection, from Civil War service records of Union and Confederate soldiers kept by each state to census records that can help families track their war veteran ancestors beyond 1865.

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