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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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:  
First,  more than a happy dance, I am grateful for the safety of friends and family during Hurricane Irma this week. Several had damage to property but all came through unharmed. 
The second was the release of the long-awaited video of LeVar Burton's keynote address at RootsTech in February.  If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to take the time to do so.
It is inspiring.  You can watch it straight from the post I wrote about it by clicking on here.
So, how was your week? 


                                                                                     
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                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Get Out Your Tissues and Get Comfortable. The Video We Have Been Waiting for Is Finally Here!


Listening to Levar Burton at RootsTech 2017



RootsTech 2017 was such a fun experience for me.
I learned during classes, met and made new friends, enjoyed parties and special events. The keynote speakers were inspiring.
Many of the presentations were videoed and placed on the RootsTech web page to view for free.

Except for one. The one that brought us all laughter and tears. The one we all were looking forward to watching again. To relive an amazing moment. To experience and share with others the moving words and emotion from LeVar Burton as he spoke about his mother, family stories, and his participation in Alex Haley's Roots.
It was Friday morning and LeVar was to kick off the first ever African Heritage Day held at this conference.
He had us laughing, crying and then sobbing as he was gifted with his family history courtesy of FamilySearch. We blogged about it, came home and told our family and friends how wonderful it was and recommended it as one to watch. But, sadly it wasn't available.

And now? Issues that held it back before have now been resolved and 7 months later the video is up and available to everyone!


Click above to watch

So go grab some tissues, get comfortable in your favorite chair and click on the photo above to watch.
Then, to get the rest of the story, watch the youtube video below. This news clip shares the emotions felt as LeVar was shown unknown information on some of his ancestors.



 You won't be the same afterward.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

This Week On My Family History Calendar

September 3-September 9




Sept. 4~
 Philip Roberts, III (1798-1852), my 4th great grandfather died 165 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. He is buried in St. Westbury High Hill Cemetery in Richland County.
    

Headstone of Philip Roberts
St. Westbury High Hill Cemetery
Richland County, South Carolina
Sept. 9 ~
      Thomas J. McRady (1821-1896), my maternal 3rd great grandfather was born 196 years ago in South Carolina. He lived many years in the Sumter County area and may have been born in the area.

Thomas J. McRady
Headstone
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
Who are you remembering this week?

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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:  
Not a big reason to celebrate this week just plugging along with some client work and a few upcoming projects. Happy Dance moments don't come around every week, so when they do it's a great reason to celebrate! Hope you had some moments to dance about this week!


                                                                                     
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Research Fun~Research Grief


Photo Credit: Made with free Pixabay creative license


This week's Saturday Night Research Fun challenge from Randy Seaver of the Genea Musings blog is- Research Grief. The question asked is "Which ancestor gives you the most researching grief"

A very easy question to answer for me.
It is my great great grandfather, Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-?).
You see, Cam, as he was known, is a mystery.
He disappeared one day and was never seen again.

There are several different stories floating around.


  • He was robbed and murdered.
  • He was killed by a storm and his body was not identified.
  • He went looking for work and was killed in a train accident.
  • He ran away with all the family money.
The last person who saw Cam Price seems to have been his son Frank.
 "He last saw him at a tent revival on Huger Street in Columbia.  He had on a new suit and he put down a handkerchief to sit on the rough plank seat.  Frank thinks his sister Beulah might have known something but she never told."
Cam's wife Bessie Mae went to court in 1932 to have her husband declared legally dead. She was successful and received money from his life insurance policy.

I have written about Cam before:
Fresh Start~Did He or Didn't He deals with the rumors surrounding Cam's disappearance.
Surprise!~Did She Know? Did daughter Beulah Mae know something as her brother Frank suspected?

AAAAHHH!!! Where did you go, Cam? Did you run off or did you go looking for a job? Were you the victim of a crime or storm? Were you on that train that crashed? 
There has to be something, somewhere to let me know. 
And? One day I will find it and you! 

So what about you? Which ancestor gives you the most grief?

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

This Week On My Family History Calendar

August 27-September 2


August 28~
 My maternal Great Grandmother, Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993), was born in Sumter County, South Carolina 116 years ago. Ruth was the daughter of Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940) and Martha Victoria (Bradford) Baker (1852-1947). 


Emma Ruth Baker Early
Emma Ruth (Baker) Early
1980s
©Cheri Hudson Passey


Who's on your calendar this week?
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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:  
I was jumping and dancing for joy when I received an email inviting me to be an Ambassador for RootsTech 2018. Why was I so excited? First of all, in past years there has been an application process in order to become an ambassador. This year, it was by invitation only.  My previous experience with this opportunity has been incredible, so I was worried I may not be included in the upcoming event.
And then, there it was. The email with the invitation! Yippee!! I am a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador!
I have had a few people ask me what that means.  An ambassador promotes the conference via social media before, during and after the event. I will be blogging about my experiences throughout the week from a Media Hub set up in the Expo Hall.
 Ambassadors get the privilege of interviewing keynote speakers and industry leaders.
Giving away a free RootsTech 2018 pass is also part of my Ambassador duties! Look for a contest on my blog sometime soon.
I am still dancing, hooting and hollering! 
What has you excited this week? 


                                                                                     
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

This Week On My Family History Calendar

August 20-August 26


August 20~
 Martha Jane (Brown) McRady (1821-1894), my maternal 3rd Great Grandmother would be celebrating her 196th birthday on this day. She may have been born in the Sumter County, South Carolina area. 

Martha Jane Brown McRady
Headstone
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Remember Me-Findagrave.com
Used with permission

My paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Matilda C. (?) Martin (1812-1876) was born 205 years ago. She lived in the Iredell County, North Carolina area but it is not known if she was born there. 



Matilda C. Martin
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina
Photo Credit: Joy Steele-Findagrave.com
Used with permission
  
August 24~
 My maternal Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr. (1920-1944) would be 97 years old on this day. He was born in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina to parents William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) (1897-1980).


Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr.
Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr.
1943
©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:  There are some amazing records out there that give us information about our family. Whether it's seeing my ancestors mentioned or those of a client, it's always exciting. Looking through records for a new research project, I have smiled this week at a clients' ancestor for trying to convince the U.S. government to repay him for the items Union Soldiers took from him during the Civil War in a denied Southern Claims Commission file and read with interest a Slave Narrative that named not only her owner, the owner's son and the  places she lived on during and after the war. 
There are so many records to search beyond birth, marriage, death, and census.
What did you discover this week that had you dancing?
                                                                                     
      Share your discovery!
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday's Tip~Gettin' By With Help From Our Friends-Dustin Austin


This edition of Tuesday's Tip comes from Ohio genealogist, Dustin Austin.

Dustin's Tips:
1. Follow the money $$$$
No matter if your family was rich, middle class, or poor, there is always a trail to follow! Following the money, no matter how much it was can lead you a wealth of information. Many people have the mindset, that if their family didn’t have any money, it wasn’t worth checking out. In one case I was able to find the birth and death dates for all of the children of my 4x great grandparents. Several of the children were not even listed in the Catholic Church books. There was a little black book that my 4x great grandfather had written notes in, which would be admitted into court during the settlement of his estate. In this book were the birth and death dates of all children including the infant children who died shortly after birth. You will never know what you may find if you look in all places possible! 

2.DNA Matches
So often as I am speaking and talking about DNA, many people say to me “Dustin, my matches never message me back!?. I have found to have great success with getting more matches to respond to me with the way I word my messages. 
Example: 

Dear Cousin,
RE: the test you admin for: R.E.

I see that we are a DNA match, and I would love to help figure out the connection. Based on our shared matches and my research at this point, I believe that we are Austin cousins. Does this surname sound familiar to you? 

Would you mind sharing with me the surnames of R.E.’s great grandparents (if known), and I will try to figure out the connection. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Your Cousin,
Dustin

What you will find is that I am putting it back on myself, and I am willing to do most of the work to figure out the connection. Once people know how you are related, they are more willing to share photos and information. Many people want others to figure out the connection for them, or are too wordy in their messages, and lose their attention before they finish reading. Then they never hear back from that match! So, to round out this tip, make your messages short, to the point, and put the work back on yourself!  

3.Public Ancestry Member Trees
Although sometimes useful, use caution when adding information from Ancestry Public Member Trees. So often people get hooked by those Ancestry commercials and think they can have their family tree “done” within hours. The most import thing to keep in mind is to look at the sources under any specific public tree you are looking at. If their only source is “Ancestry Family Trees” you will want to go check out that source and see which tree the information came from. In most cases, it came from another unsourced and undocumented family tree, and that tree will also be sourced as “Ancestry Family Tree”.  Using them as a guide can help in your research, but verify any information you find in them! 

4.Deed Research
One place you may not think of putting at the top of your research list is those deed records! When someone has real estate, it is typically their most valuable asset. Transferring or mortgaging these assets requires lots of documentation, especially when it comes time to transfer those assets upon their death. That means deeds could leave great information behind. Before you go spending $25-$75 on a death certificate, you may want to check with the county recorder’s office. In several cases, I have found copies of those expensive estate records, death certificates and letters WITH the deed records. When I researched in one county in Michigan, I found they charge $2.00 per page for their probate papers. Some probate offices will not copy sections for you, it's all or nothing.  Well the idea of spending $150 to get one estate packet, did not sit well with me. So I drove down to the recorder’s office and found the estate papers I was looking for there, at a cost of only $6.00. You may save yourself a decent amount of money at the recorder’s office if you look there! 





Dustin Austin is an Ohio native who loves genealogy! His greatest passion is family history research, with his more recent specialty, DNA! You will find Dustin all over northwest Ohio speaking for local groups, organizations, and libraries. He is a banker by day and a genealogist by night. He defiantly knows a thing or two about following the money in any family, which can lead you to valuable pieces of information. He is President of the Seneca County Genealogical Society, A Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society, and trustee for the Huron County Chapter Genealogical Society, A Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society. He is also active in several other chapters. You will find him “hanging out” in various online Google Hangouts, which he loves to do! He loves spending time at the county offices researching because it’s not all online. He started doing genealogy in 2005 and kicked his research in high gear in 2012, after the passing of his beloved grandfather. He realized the importance of talking with these older people before something happens to them. After a conversation with a cousin at the funeral showing of his grandfather, it finally struck him he simply cannot wait. 

Thanks so much for your tips, Dustin! 

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 30-August 5




August 1~
 My maternal great great grandmother, Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943) died 74 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina from heart disease. She was buried in the Graniteville Cemetery, Aiken, South Carolina.


Bessie Mae Eargle Price
Headstone
Graniteville Cemetery, Aiken, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey
August 5~
 Samuel James Bradford, II (1815-1875), my paternal 3rd great grandfather died 142 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. 



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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: This was a great week for cousin connections! I had several people contact me via online trees and on my facebook business page who are related to me in one way or another. If you are not blogging and posting your tree online, you really need to do so!
                                                                                     
      Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Dog Days of Summer~Did Your Ancestor Own Pets?

Animals have been a part of my family for several generations. 
Some of them are pictured below.
This circa 1912 photo of the Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) family features their dog sitting in the seat of the car.

Possibly the same family dog is included in the photo of Margaret Frances "Fannie" (Gibson) Thames (1854-1929) and grandson Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976). This picture was taken in about 1920.

My paternal grandmother, Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010) loved cats. I always remember her having one. Seems she started young! 

Later in life, my great grandparents, William Treadwell Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1981) lived on a farm outside of Camden, South Carolina. Photos were taken of them and some of their animals.


William and cows.

Beulah, some of her grands and a cow.

Beulah feeding the chickens.












I remember visiting my great aunt, Auntie Kate -Kathryn Louise (Baker) Ryan (1898-1987) and being impressed with the tricks her dog "Jaques" could do.


My mom, Brenda Jean (Roberts) Sullivan with her dog "Sam."
My maternal grandparents Francis "Frank" Emerson Sullivan (1923-2004) and Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) always had dogs and cats. 

"Sam" with them at the beach

Frank with "Patches."

Frank with "Toby."

Azile with "Lady."

Azile enjoyed the visits of therapy dogs in the nursing home.

I grew up with pets too.

Dad, John Allen Hudson, with "Suzie."
"Chum" and Mitzie Lee"
John and "Chum."
My parents are still enjoying their pets.

"Anna" watching John sleep
Just a couple of weeks ago, my husband, children and I welcomed the newest member of the family. Meet Bella Mae. She is a 3-month-old mini chocolate Beagle. 


Did your ancestors own pets? Leave your comment or link to a blog post below. This post was written and added to my August-Dog Days of Summer post on the In-Depth Genealogists Blog. Your responses will be a part of the recap post at the end of the month!


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