The Power of Photographs

I just read a wonderfully powerful story. One that would not have been possible with out photographs.   The heroine of the story is Annie Correal,  a reporter for the New York Times.  I am so happy that she took the time to rescue this precious photo album and return it to the family members it... Continue Reading →

Eureka!

I have been looking for information on my Paternal Grandmother, for a very long time. Growing up I knew a lot of about my Maternal side (didn’t know the word then) but very little about my Paternal side. I had an assignment in Middle School asking me to fill out my family tree. A very familiar story. I zipped through it writing down all the names of my maternal ancestors. And when I came to my Father’s side, I was stumped. I knew my Dad’s name, but that was it. My Dad’s parents both died when my father was young. And He never spoke about them and I didn’t think to ask. I went to the Marion County (Indiana) Health Department right after work (the office is open late on Wednesday’s) and did a search for her death record based on the information on Find a Grave. I went into the office and requested her death certificate, it was her! I was beyond excited. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I also felt like I was finally giving Grandmother Sissy the respect she so richly deserved. RIP Grandma Sissy!

Feb. 19 Webinar on Carter G. Woodson Celebrates Black History Month

 "Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson through His Papers" Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson. Known as the "father of Black history" in 1915 Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association... Continue Reading →

The History Behind the Mini Series – The Book of Negroes (This is a repost of blog article from National Archives)

Record of the Week: The Book of Negroes by Netisha on February 5, 2015 This February, the Rediscovering Black History blog is kicking off a new feature – the Record of the Week. Every Thursday during Black History Month there will be a post highlighting one of the records from the National Archives’ vast holdings.... Continue Reading →

MLK Heirs Fight Over Family Heirlooms

Priceless heirloom or hot commodity. Would you part with a family treasure for any amount of money? Should individuals stipulate in their will what should or shouldn't happen with precious items after their passing? Are some items literally priceless?  Food for thought.  To learn more about this particular story click on the link below. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/11/martin-luther-king-estate-suit_n_6452108.html

2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

The 2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair begins TODAY! http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/ Take time to check out this wonderful resource. Do you wish you could attend a great genealogy fair, but you lack the time and money. Well here's your chance. This fair is as close as your nearest wifi connection. Visit  the National Archives for the 2014 Virtual... Continue Reading →

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