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

Ms. Valencia Benham King Nelson 1928 – 2019

Ms. Valencia Nelson was a giant in research for African Americans. Her Afrigeneas.com website and list serv have been used by untold people. May she rest in power with the ancestors. Click on the link to learn more about her extraordinary life. She will be missed. Prayers to her friends and family. http://www.afrigeneas.com/forum/index.cgi/md/read/id/88647

Valencia Benham King Nelson

Why A National Discussion On Reparations Is Necessary

Reparations is an important topic and worth serious discussion.

Note To My White Self

Note to my white self…

Imagine for a moment that someone owed you a great debt.

How would you feel…

… if that person laughed whenever you mentioned that debt?

…if they refused to acknowledge the debt existed, even when shown documentation     confirming the debt?

…if they claimed that – if there ever was a debt – that it had already been paid?

…if they argued that – even if there was still an outstanding debt – it was unrealistic to think they would or could pay the debt?

…if they implied you should just forgive the debt and move on?

How would you feel?

Would you be angry toward that person?

Would you resent their wealth, knowing they owed you such a debt?

Would you doubt their oft repeated commitments to justice and equity?

Would you question their habit of extravagant spending on other priorities while pretending to…

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