When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday's Tip~Gettin' By with Help from Our Friends~Toni Carrier

This time our Tuesday's Tip comes from Toni Carrier of  Lowcountry Africana:

6 Tips for Researching in Archives
Toni Carrier

1.      Don’t overlook archival resources in your family research. Family papers and other unpublished manuscripts may hold treasures for your research!

2.      Use ArchiveGrid (www.archivegrid.org) to locate manuscript collections of interest.

3.      Before traveling to an archive, contact the archivist to give them your visit dates, and tell them what you are researching. Archivists know their collections well and can point you to collections that may be of interest to you.

4.      If the archive’s catalog is online, do some searching ahead of your trip to identify collections you would like to view so you can make the most of your research time when you arrive.

5.      Be aware that archives may have restrictions on what you can take into the research room. You may be asked to leave other belongings in lockers onsite.

6.      Always handle archival materials carefully. Have fun and happy ancestor hunting!

Toni Carrier, M.A., is the founding director of Lowcountry Africana (www.lowcountryafricana.com), a free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in SC, GA and FL, and co-founder, with Angela Walton Raji, of Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau (www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com), an online finding aid for researching in Freedmen's Bureau records.

Thanks for these terrific tips on researching in the archives, Toni! Time for another research trip!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

December 4- December 10

December 5~
     Mary Christine (Williams Sullivan) (1896-1930), my maternal Step Great Grandmother, was born 120 years ago in Kershaw County, South Carolina. Christine was the daughter of James Lewis Williams ( 1873-1937) and Lizzie (Pettigrew) Williams (died before 1900).

December 6~

  My maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) would have been 95 years old on this day. Azile was born in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina to Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936). 

Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan   Carolina Girl Genealogy
Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan
©Cheri Hudson Passey
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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.
                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. This can be done by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section. You may also put a link to a blog post.

My Happy Dance This Week:  The after Thanksgiving Black Friday sales brought a sale on DNA tests. After buying two, I asked my Mom's cousins if they would test for me . Mom has tested and the additional information from her cousins may help to find the biological parents of their Grandmother. My happy dance? They said yes!! 
What had you dancing this week? Can't wait to hear!

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                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!

Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!
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