It’s holiday time in America!

Thanksgiving is near and I often think of how did my ancestors celebrate this holiday. Those from Africa, those from England, and other places. Did any traditions come with them? My immediate families are in various states and I miss them all dearly. There are some that I do not know or never met due to the distances between us. But, I love those on social media. I can keep up with my adult children from Florida to Japan. I love looking at my first cousins in Michigan sharing photos of their grandchildren. This gives me a chance to connect and also share my genealogical research to those interested. I wonder if they celebrate as I know it? My mom set our traditions and of course and I continue to honor them. Mom would of set forth what she had experienced in her childhood and my children will do the same. Holiday traditions do get handed down generation by generation. We have the usual, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and either a turkey or tofu loaf as in my case. Well this year I am changing it up with a lentil loaf, with a side dish of brussel sprouts hanging with sweet potatoes and cranberries. Oh let me not forget to mention the four different kinds of pies. What are you having this year…are you changing it up a bit?

My best wish for all is to enjoy the time they will have with their family and friends this holiday season. Not all will enjoy as well as others will. Enjoy a couple of  family photos! One is from 1957 and I am five years old and the next photo is with my children and one of my older brothers in 2016.

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National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

Are you going to attend 2018 NGS in Grand Rapids, Michigan? Would you consider nominating someone? Please read Dick Eastman’s blog!

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The following announcement was written by the folks at the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

At the 2017 NGS Conference in the States, held in Raleigh, North Carolina in May, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed Peter Stebbins Craig, a devoted historian and relentless genealogist whose pioneering research led to significant publications on the early Swedish settlements along the Delaware River. He was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists and became the thirty-second member to be so honored.

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

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People of Color Genealogy Research, can it be done at the DAR Library?

It was time to think about going to the DAR Library and seeing what I can find. The options are endless.


Who is DAR? It is the National Society of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, known as DAR. It is a lineage society and membership is open to any female 18 years and older regardless of race, religion or ethic background. Women wanted to be included in expressing their patriotic feelings, since they were not allowed to join any men’s group. Four ladies established DAR 11 October 1890. They raised $50k to purchased a piece of basically swamp land to build a fabulous building which is now known as DAR headquarters and Constitution Hall, etc., totaling one square block in Washington, DC.

Corner stone DAR

DAR still has the same objectives: Historical-to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; Educational– to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, to promote, as an object of primary import…

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It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

Great reminder from Dick Eastman with this blog and the others, such as Dear Myrtle and Thomas MacEntee. Dick makes the emphasis to basically do it now, its the first of the month. What’s key is to test your backup. I am guilty of not checking, so today, 10/1/2017 I will back up and check it the backup. I would be devastated if I lost my files. Enjoy Dick’s blog on backing up! Please share and take heed.

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BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

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I have something to say about “Taking the Knee”

Let’s get this straight for those of you (my friends and family, fellow Americans) who do not understand and have chosen to call “taking the knee” something that is it not. I am a proud and a patriotic American. My family lines have been here since the ship rolled in – yep the ship in 1619, I come from 4 lines of the Mayflower, etc. and much more. I am an American.
I have ancestors who fought and died in every WAR this country has ever been engaged in.  I have 10 ancestors I can account for that served in the Rev War and that’s only on one line. I am an American.  I know and love this country and thankful for being an American.
“Taking the knee” does not mean I or anyone is Anti- American.
So let’s try to just stop saying it is and focusing on what it is truly meant to be.
I am not dissing or disrespecting any allegiance to the flag or my country. I descend from slaves who did not ask to come here and immigrants who wanted to come here, just as you and most of all of America. You know there are injustices in this country that need to stop. The injustices are aired daily, no hourly, you know what they are. It is time to stop changing the channel and pay attention. “Taking the knee” is a way to bring the issue to the forefront and to stop the insanity of the injustices. How much more do you really think this country can bear? We need to agree to stop the injustices for all. 
If you do not get it and still think taking the knee is something else, please do not post a response to this thread. It is not welcomed. I will add you to my prayers. I am sorry to say you and others will “never get it” because you choose not to. You have built the wall around you and only focusing on one thing to attach too and can’t see the real point. This also shows your support to the continual abuses and injustices that happen in this country since 1619. It’s 2017, it’s time to stop. 
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Advice to White Supremacists: You Might Not Want to Test Your DNA

Great article by Dick Eastman at this blog Yes, they might want to avoid doing any DNA. DNA is emotional and individuals need to be ready for the results. As a genealogist I struggle sometimes with my role as a researcher. There was a great discussion on DNA and privacy the other evening on BlackProGen Live hangout with Nicka Smith-

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UPDATE: This news story is mushrooming. The original news article listed in the article below has since been knocked offline, probably because thousands of people were accessing it simultaneously. However, dozens of other news services have since picked up the story and now it is one of the top trending articles on the Internet.

You can find dozens more stories about this by starting at:

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend speak for themselves. The various news media are full of stories about bigotry, racism, and fringe far-right political activities that resulted in murder and also in a lot of embarrassment to the American people. However, there is one genealogy issue that might affect the motivations of these extremists:

Are these white supremacists really “all white?”

I suspect that many white supremacists won’t like to learn the truth.

A geneticist at the University of California at…

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I am angry and hurt!

I really don’t have anymore words to say and just going to ramble. I pray to my ancestors to help me get thru the anger and hurt I am feeling about the recent events in my area. I really don’t like the feelings I have. It’s not normal for me. There are so many in this country (including friends and family) that are “in denial” and that hurts more than the “hate” I am seeing. The denial is really a “lethal weapon” that we can’t control and most of the time we can’t see it.  I love this country and wouldn’t live anywhere else. I have really no desire to ever leave this country. But, White America, including those hiding behind the hoods or blatantly showing their faces, or those in denial has a fear of people of color, not just African Americans, simply everyone that isn’t white. Those folks will never see what I and others are seeing or feeling until it hits their front door. Then it’s too late. Daily folks across the country are realizing that something is not right with the country. We are seeing people go to the dark side. 

Yesterday, three people died and someone or more than one person should be accountable for their deaths. Those in this country have a choice you either denounced the actions immediately or you are with them. There is no other chances and you can’t make it up two or three days later. It’s chaotic energy and its going to get worst since we have a chaos magician in charge.  It’s wrong and people literally are begging the leaders to step up. Things will get worst if we do not nip this in the bud now. The fear factor is on the rise.

I am angry and hurt. 

A daughter died yesterday and children lost their father yesterday. 

I am not in favor of moving the statue – I want people to know the history and understand the history of ugliness of white supremacy, the civil war and the evils of slavery in this country. But now I see the White Nationalist and Supremacy individuals see it as a shrine and they are bowing down to it. That is why they insisted on holding their rally at Emancipation Park and didn’t care about anyone’s safety not even their own. They pounced their butts right into Charlottesville -ARMED  or better said “locked and loaded” and carrying the Confederate Battle Flag.  When you idolize something that much that you build hate inside and violence that you can’t control. There is need for a change. You should not  be proud when you are operating in a violent mode. 

You are Domestic Terrorists!

We know just as they know this is not about any southern heritage. That is the biggest crock of mess I have every heard. They look stupid when they even try to tell that story. There is no heritage in slavery, owning other human beings, tearing families apart. There is no state rights when they change the laws as needed to keep people in bondage. No, it’s about control & greed.  How many years has this country reaped the free labor of slaves? Add that up and tell me about how your ancestors benefited. As I have mentioned before America has never took a stance on slavery, neither have Christians. Not one African American that I know of is asking White America for any darn thing. All we want is to just be treated fair, stop denying, targeting, beating, and begin to treat us with respect, and don’t repeat history again. All lives matter. If you are not clear on what I am saying-just watch the news.

Again denial about the real history of this country-equals denial about slavery and the treatment of anyone that is not white!  This country can not allow the White Supremacists and Nationalists to continue on. We don’t want to go down the path that is being laid out. I fear the 21st century will see another Civil War on our own land if we do not get this under control. Our ancestors have been through this and there is no reason to repeat it. 

I am angry and hurt. 

A daughter died yesterday and children lost their father yesterday. 

There are other rally’s already scheduled (Texas A & T-9/11, 9/12 U of Florida). How many more will have to “die”, no,  be murdered before the leaders of my beloved country take a stand and not let history repeat itself.  I thank the Governor of Virginia and others who denounced the activities of 8/12/17 in Charlottesville. 


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