Wednesday, November 25, 2020

GenFriends: FYR-Episode 14-Why Ask Why?

 


The panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I discuss the insights gleaned from Finding Your Roots Episode 14. Celebrities Lupita Nyong'o, Lidia Bastianich, and Scarlett Johansson discover their ancestor's involvement in national and local events. Relocation, name changes, and historical happenings can leave us asking "why?" And, asking "why" can lead us to records we hadn't considered, answers to our genealogy questions, and add richness to our family narrative. Watch as we share our thoughts about the episode and how asking "why" is a useful tool for locating information to help us climb our family tree.



Links in this Episode:

Finding Your Roots

Twile.com

Best Timeline Programs for Writing and Family Story Telling-Laura Hedgecock

Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogists in the Archives

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


What discoveries have you made by asking "Why"?

We'd love to hear from you!


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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!
                                                                                  
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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
Headstone
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
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina
Photo Credit: Joy Steele-findagrave.com Contributor
Used with permission




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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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Sunday, November 15, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calendar

 



Nov. 18~ 
  My paternal 3rd great grandfather, William A. Martin (1813-1887) died in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina 133 years ago. He is buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery in Statesville.




William A. Martin
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina

photo credit: Joy Steele. Used with permission



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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. 

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.






GenFriends at the VGA Conference
photo courtesy of Melissa Barker. Used with permission.





My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

Attending the Virtual Genealogical Association conference this weekend has been so much fun! The speakers have been top-notch and the breakout sessions in between a wonderful way to meet new friends and connect with old.  
Speaking of friends.....some members of the GenFriend panel got together during one of the breakout sessions! So great to spend time at the conference with them!




What had you doing the genealogy happy dance this week?
                                                                      

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

GenFriends: Researching Our Veterans with David Allen Lambert

 




Cheri and the panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, Terri O'Connell Mary Kircher Roddy welcome David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist with American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. David shares his tips and answers questions on how to locate records that could help tell the stories of our Veterans.





Watch as David gives advice about looking beyond burned records in St. Louis and shares thoughts on the importance of honoring and remembering those who fought for their country.


Links in this Episode:

American Ancestors

Fold3.com

FamilySearch Veteran

Administration Index

National Archives-Veteran's Service Records

FamilySearch Wiki-Military Records


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Terri O’Connell-Finding Our Ancestors

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


Have you discovered records for the Veterans in your family?

We'd love to hear from you!


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Poll Taxes and Voting Records-Amie Bowser Tennant


Cheri and the panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, and Shelley Murphy welcome Amie Browser Tennant from The Genealogy Reporter for a discussion on using Poll Taxes and Voter Records to learn more about your ancestors. Bernice shows examples of her ancestors listed in Poll taxes and we discuss how these and Voter Records can be used to add to our ancestor's stories.

Watch as we discuss what Poll Taxes have to do with Voting and where to look for them and Voter Records.




 How have you used Poll Taxes and/or Voting Records to learn more about your ancestors?

We'd love to hear from you!


Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Using Poll Tax Records for Genealogy

The FamilySearch Wiki-Tax Records

Historical Societies: Why You Must Visit-Terri O'Connell


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogists in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



Have you discovered family in Poll or Tax Records?

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Saturday, October 31, 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.




Manning Dorrity Voter Registration Record
Staatsburg Electoral Precinct, Sumter County, SC 


My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

Discovering the Secretary of State, Abstract of Voter Registrations Reported to the Military Government, 1868 microfilm held at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History was digitized and could be viewed on the South Carolina Digital Library had me looking for ancestors voting records. And? I found many, in several counties. The one above is for my great-great-grandfather Manning David Dorrity (1844-1918)who lived in Statesburg, Sumter, South Carolina. Above him is his brother Henry who was born about 1842. 
Voter registration records are fun because they show an ancestor was participating in his civil duty but also because it places them in a location at a specific time.
Take Henry, for instance, I have not been able to find his death date. I know he served in the Civil War but have found no records passed that point. Now  I know he was still living in 1868 when he registered to vote! Another clue to help me fill in the pieces of his puzzle.
Doing that happy dance!! 
 
What had you doing the genealogy happy dance this week?
                                                                      

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

GenFriends: FYR Episode 12-DNA & Documents

 

Cheri and the panel Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, and Mary Kircher Roddy share their thoughts on Finding Your Roots Season 6 Episode 12. Watch as we discuss how DNA & documents helped to determine the identities of biological parents. We discuss the steps in using DNA to reconstruct families and the emotions involved when test results are not what we expect.




How have you used DNA and record collections to help tie together a family? We'd love to hear from you!



Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Finding Your Roots

Your Genetic Genealogist-CeCe Moore


Contact the Panelists:

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calendar

 



Oct. 28~
  My paternal great great grandfather, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), died 80 years ago at the age of 83 in Sumter County, South Carolina. He was buried in the Sumter City Cemetery. 


Arthur Wellington Baker
Marker
Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina



Who are you remembering this week?

 

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Celebration Sunday~Genealology 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 my YouTube Channel that hosts the Genealogy Chat Show "GenFreinds" reached over 300 subscribers! We have so much fun doing the show and are so excited to see it growing in viewership. Our goal each week is to help others connect, laugh, and learn.
Thanks to all who have subscribed, We appreciate your support! What a celebration!
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What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?



                                                                      

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

GenFriends: FYR Season 6 Episode 11: Archives and Records of the Enslaved.

 



The GenFriends panel get and I get together to talk about a new episode of Finding Your Roots. Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, and Shelley Murphy share their thoughts about the use of the records of the enslaved, archival finds, and other methods used to build the family trees of RuPaul, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Narciso Rodriguez How can you use the same types of records and methodology to find your family?

Watch for helpful tips as we discuss episode 11.

Did you learn something that will help you? We'd love to hear your thoughts on FYR episode 11.






Links mentioned in this episode:

FamilySearch Wiki:

ArchiveGrid

Airbnb-Canary Islands Cave Home


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogists in the Archives

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


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