Sunday, March 8, 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: 

Did you attend RootsTech last month in Salt Lake City?
I returned home on Monday and am still doing a happy dance as I celebrate the many wonderful experiences I had attending this conference.

My biggest Happy Dance? The response to the presentation I gave with my friend Sharon Gillins.

The title of our class was "Discovering the Records of the Enslaved".
We created this after so many asked for time to talk about the class I taught last year at RootsTech called "Discovering Slave Owners in Your Family Tree".   My purpose was to show descendants of Slaveholders how and where to share the names of the enslaved in the records they find and how to work with their descendants to connect families. There were so many comments and questions that it was clear we needed to have a panel discussion.
We did and it was so worthwhile. A dialogue began that could have lasted for hours as descendants of both groups discussed how to work together.
We needed more time, we will move forward and have this discussion again next year.
Hopefully longer and with goals and plans to join a community in a common goal.
To reunite families!

What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Helping you climb your family tree,


  1. I set myself the goal of posting daily for Women's History Month about different women from my family tree. So far, I'm keeping up with the goal and it is forcing me to examine more closely women that had just received token attention from me before. Once I start digging further and putting a life into a narrative with photos, these people are now more real to me.

  2. Good for you!! Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work!