How to build your Family Tree

I was recently inspired during a trip to one of the states of my ancestors, The Great State of Louisiana. Louisiana is also know as "The Sportsman's Paradise".  Growing up my  grandfather, Thomas Cleveland (II),  was an avid hunter and fisherman. He kept hunting dogs and routinely went away to hunt with his friends. He... Continue Reading →

Resources – Varied

As I talk with genealogists or teach classes people will frequently ask me, "Where did you find that (information)?" or "Where did that come from?". As a historian,  genealogist and librarian I consistently document my sources. It's important to give credit to the person who found the info or transcribed the document. It's also great... Continue Reading →

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 →

Speaking Engagements

I am available for speaking engagements, consultations, family reunions and other genealogical events, Black History Month, African American History, Black Culture & Literature. Please contact me to schedule a meeting or a phone conference. No project is too small. Prepare now for your Family Reunion Have you been meaning to gather your family but were... Continue Reading →

Douglass Park History

Great information regarding the origins of Douglass Park.

African American Suburbia

by Kyle Huskins

In July, 1926 the Indianapolis Recorder complained that they could only reserve space or visit the city's "Jim Crow" park, Douglass Park. This would remain true into the 1960's. In July, 1926 the Indianapolis Recorder complained that they could only reserve space or visit the city’s “Jim Crow” park, Douglass Park. This would remain true into the 1960’s.

Douglass Park is one of the most historic parks in Indianapolis. It is named after the African-American intellectual Frederick Douglass, who played a pivotal role in the abolitionist movement and is one of the most recognizable African-American scholars of his time. The name of the park honors his memory and there is a mural of him on the wall of the Family Center. Douglass Park is located on the east side of Indianapolis. The address is 1611 East 25th Street in the midst of the Martindale-Brightwood community. Now the park is easily accessible from the Monon Trail and features a playground, tennis courts, picnic facilities, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, football fields and a paved fitness trail…

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FREE Online Webinar Sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society

FREE Online Webinar Sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EST Forget Me Not: Preserving Legacies with EPOCH by Donna Bachowski, MLS Created by the Orange County Library System with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, EPOCH (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage)... Continue Reading →

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