Happy New Year!

The year that shall not be named, was really one for the books! LOL!

In all seriousness the past year was one I will not soon forget. There were some highs and lows. I learned a lot of things that I will use moving forward.

I did take time to do some micro-journaling and make note of significant events.

I haven’t made any intentions for 2021 but I will. My prayer for the coming year is Joy, Peace, Abundance & Health, for myself and the rest of the World.

One of my dear cousins made her final transition on December 30, 2020. She is now an ancestor. It’s been a hard one to process. We were close in age. She had a vibrant spirit and zest for life. She will be dearly missed. I’m not mentioning her by name at this time because our family is still processing her loss.

I will say that I am always #Family1st. That motto has tested me this year more than any other. In the immortal words of famous philosopher Frankie Beverly, “Joy & Pain like sunshine and rain” . . .

To all my family lines, in the words of Bob Marley “One Love, One Heart”. Hayes Williams Curtis Cleveland Rhodes Branham Bell Davis


Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Merry Christmas to All !

On this Christmas Eve of 2020. I have so much to be THANKFUL for.

Health, Family and Faith!

I pray that everyone who reads this finds Peace & Health in the coming year.

Take this time to talk to your family members. Write down and record stories. Take pictures (identify individuals and the location) print some out and share them.

Organize your existing collection of photographs, digital & physical.

“We are stronger together!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby, Nichelle~

This picture is of an original acrylic by Davis Hannah.

I Speak Their Name

Earlier this fall I moderated a program and I introduced myself by speaking 5 generations of my direct maternal line.

Sylvia Marie

Anna Mae

Anna Neal


Manda O.

It’s important to speak their names. Because of them, we are. ❤ To all the ancestors!

Enjoy the Journey!

From Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby ~


Family reunions may uncover genealogical gem

  • By EBONY CHAPPEL @Ebonythewriter
  • Jun 4, 2015
  • Indianapolis Recorder

Check out this interview I did a few years ago with some other genealogists. Timeless info! Click on the link below it will take you to the Indianapolis Recorder Page.


Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby


Happy Heavenly Birthday Granny!

Today I celebrate the birth of Anna Mae Bell Cox, my maternal grandmother, on what would have been her 97th birthday.  I have written before about the close relationship that I had with my beloved “Granny”.  I feel so blessed that I had such unconditional support and love in my life. I still feel the benefit of her prayers.

Anna Mae celebrating cutting the cake at her surprise birthday party. Circa 1990’s.

Anna Mae Bell was born on April 27, 1923, to Anna Neal Branham & Frank Bell, in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Anna Mae was born, raised and educated in Indianapolis. Anna Mae was the oldest of two children born to her parents. Anna Mae was blessed with two daughters, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. The youngest of whom is my Mom. She spent many years of wedded bliss with, my Grandpa,  William Ellis Cox.  She liked candles. And collected elephants and Buddha figurines. She enjoyed rummage and garage sales. Granny was a devoted Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.  She had a large number of friends and a large extended family. She died on June 12, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 85, and is entered in New Crown Cemetery beside her beloved husband “Bill”.

With Love,

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand baby,

Anna Mae as a teenager.

Female Ancestors 1/2 of the puzzle

#WomensHistoryMonth #Suffrage

The Ties That Bind

ImageAnyone who has done even a tiny bit of research in the distant past, knows how difficult it can be to learn about female ancestors. There is a frequent tendency for women to be identified as Mrs. James Curtis in public documents. This makes it very hard to find women’s first names and often impossible to find birth surnames (maiden).

I have been blessed, in that I know most of the first names and birth surnames of my female ancestors. If you are only researching male ancestors you are missing 1/2 of the puzzle.

Today I’m going to shine a light on Mary Martin Hayes Williams, one of my direct female ancestors. She was born February 1884 in Kentucky and died November 1964 at the age of 80.  She married Hubert Hayes and the couple  had 5 children. Four girls and 1 boy.  According to one of her grandson’s she…

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AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition

October 14, 2020 — October 17, 2020 Hampton Roads Convention Center

1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666

Virginia, Where African American Roots Run Deep:   
Correcting the National Narrative

The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest  international African American conference that promotes  African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by  bringing together subject matter experts who promote scholarly  research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies,  create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members  in documenting their histories.  Typical attendees are historians, genealogists, researchers, scholars, educators, preservationists, media, and beginners. Follow this link to find all the details about this amazing conference. https://web.cvent.com/event/375a05f9-62b5-4829-80c7-5560766e1286/summary