Today is Juneteenth and I can't imagine what my ancestors would think of all of their descendants and the many things they have accomplished. This year President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday. For some people this is performative. For me this is a small step in helping the country to acknowledge the history and emancipation of Black people in this country.
Every Day is Black History - How much do you know about your family? Maternal (mother) & Paternal (Father). Do you know which side is which? Do you know the name of all 4 of your grandparents? Big Mama & PaPaw are nice. Learn their government names. Ask them about their history if they are... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Alma Cleveland at 9 years old. A few weeks ago, I was researching information in the Indianapolis Recorder on the origins of my church. The Indianapolis Recorder is the oldest running black newspaper in the state of Indiana and one of the oldest in the United States. The Indianapolis Recorder is digitized and completely available... Continue Reading →
Find a Grave http://www.findagrave.com/ R S FREE Dig up ancestral burial information from millions of tombstone images here. Search by an individual or cemetery name. Users are encouraged to upload additional tombstone photos and submit biographical information for memorial pages. You can even create virtual cemeteries to connect loved ones buried in different places. I was able... Continue Reading →
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It's been awhile since, I've posted. I've been focusing a lot on my FB Page. Feel free to follow me at The Ties that Bind Facebook Page. Today I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the hardest part of being a Family Griot. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a GRIOT (gree-o) is:... Continue Reading →
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 →
Great news! The State of Indiana in partnership with Ancestry.com is going to digitize and post online 13 million birth, death and marriage records for access by Hoosiers. The records older than 75 years will be available in 2015. For the full press release visit http://goo.gl/fvnKrr .
Anyone 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... Continue Reading →