Sunday, November 22, 2020

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. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

This week I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at RootsTech Connect in February!
What is RootsTech Connect? This free event will take the place of the annual RootsTech Conference held in Salt Lake City.  Yes, you read that right! It's free!
Three days of keynote speakers, and virtual learning right from home.
There are other ways you can participate!

My presentations:
“Discovering Slave Owners in the Family Tree: From Reaction to Action”
"Analyzing Probate Records: Finding Clues to Your Ancestor's Stories” 
"Discovering the Records of the Enslaved-The Next Level. An Interactive Guild to Best Practices" -a joint session with Sharon Batiste Gillins.

Share your story RootsTech Connect is looking for YOUR story!
Videos can be submitted on a variety of topics. 

Song Contest  Share your voice and stories through music. 

In addition to being a speaker, I am pleased to announce that I have also been chosen to be an Ambassador for this event! Being an Ambassador means I get the privilege of helping to spread the word about all the events, speakers, and keynotes for RootsTech Connect.

Have you registered for RootsTech Connect? Remember it's FREE!

What had you doing the genealogy happy dance this week?

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

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This Week On My Family History Calendar


Nov. 22~
    My paternal grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976), was born 102 years ago in Clarendon County, South Carolina. He was the only child of John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) and Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918). 

Benjamin Allen Hudson
About 1920
Clarendon County, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 William Gordon Bonner Stukes (1745-?), my paternal 6th great grandfather, was born 275 years ago in Cambridge, England.

Nov. 23~

 Ellen Caroline (Martin) Early (1850-1926), my paternal Great Great Grandmother, died 93 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. She was 76 years old. Ellen is buried in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina.

 The 200th wedding anniversary of my paternal 4th Great Grandparents, John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) and Emily Elizabeth (Vaughn) Dargan (1897-1865). They were married in 1820 when John was 20 and Emily 23. Their marriage most likely took place in Sumter District, South Carolina.

Nov. 24~

  Frances Virginia (McRady) McManus (1836-1903), my maternal great great grandmother, died 117years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina at the age of 47. Fannie is buried in the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina.

Fannie McManus
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 My paternal 5th great grandfather, Philip Roberts (1763-1854) died 166 years ago in Harrison County, Kentucky.

This date also marks the 129th anniversary of the death of my paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888).  Ransom was 76 years old when he died in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. He is buried in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Statesville.

Ransom Taylor Early
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina
Photo Credit: Joy Contributor
Used with permission

Who are you remembering this week?


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

GenFriends-Virtual Conferences-The Pros and Cons

The panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Mary Kircher Roddy and I get together to discuss their recent experience at the Virtual Genealogical Association Conference. With in-person events being canceled, what are the pros and cons of meeting virtually? How can attending be a benefit to you and your society? What are the plusses for speakers?

Watch as we discuss the success of learning online and the fun of breakout rooms to meet up with old friends and make new ones and share our thoughts about the answers to these questions. What are the pros and cons? We mostly found pros!

Links in this Episode:

Virtual Genealogical Association

Why I Love Being a Genealogical Speaker-Mary Kircher Roddy

Conference Keeper

Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

Have you attended a virtual conference? What are your pros and cons?

We'd love to hear from you!

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