Wednesday, April 29, 2020

GenFriends: Jewish Genealogy with Special Guest: Lara Diamond



GenFreinds welcomes guest Lara Diamond who talks to us about Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Lara speaks about the journey of finding her Jewish ancestors and helping others find theirs. Lara Diamond is a well-known speaker and writer on the topic of Jewish Genealogy Methodologies.
Watch as Cheri and the panel, Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Mary Kircher Roddy, and Shelley Murphey as Laura gives tips on researching in Jewish records and shares her thoughts about Holocaust Remembrance Day.








Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Lara's Jewnealogy
JewishGen
Holocaust Museum 
Holocaust Remembrance Day
FamilySearchWiki/Jewish Genealogy




Contact Our Panelists:
Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories
Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


Do you have Jewish ancestors?
What have you discovered about them?
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calendar




April 28~
  Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), my paternal great great grandfather, was born on this day 163 years ago. He was born in Sumter County, South Carolina and was the son of Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) and Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865).

Arthur Wellington Baker
(1857-1940)




My maternal great grandmother, Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980) would have been celebrating her 123rd birthday on this day. Beulah was born in Bath, Aiken, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-after 1922) and Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943).


Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts
(1897-1980)
57th Birthday-1954
©Cheri Hudson Passey



April 28~
 Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Jr. (1944-1999), my maternal uncle died 21 years ago on this day. He is buried in Quaker Cemetery in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina.

Gil Roberts, Jr.
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey




Interesting how events coincide with one another. Not only did these three happen on one day, but Gil Roberts died on his grandmother Beulah Mae (Price) Robert's birthday.


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. 

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: 
What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?

When we created GenFriends, it was with the hopes of sharing things people would enjoy and use to help with their genealogy research.  We have fun doing it and love hearing feedback from views. This week, I received a comment from someone who bookmarked an episode to watch later. After doing so, she reports that she was inspired to further her genealogy education by signing up to join a study group! Wow! Reading that was thrilling!  It's so nice to know a goal was accomplished and we helped out in some small way! A very, very Happy Danve Moment!





                                                                        

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!







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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

GenFriends: Genealogy Blogging with Special Guest Randy Seaver




Cheri and the panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, and Laura Hedgecock talk about Geneabloggers with Elizabeth O'Neal and Randy Seaver. Laura is the President and Elizabeth the Vice President of Geneabloggers TRIBE, which supports and educates genealogy bloggers. Randy, the man behind Gena-Musings, and recipient of Geneabloggers Lifetime Achievement Award tells us about his 14-year blogging experiences. Advice is given to those thinking about starting a genealogy blog and for those who have been blogging for years.

Watch as we talk to Larua and Elizabeth about the advantages of joining the Geneabloggers TRIBE and listen to Randy as he shares his thoughts about creating and writing Genea-Musings.








Links in this Episode:
GeneaBloggers TRIBE
GeneaBloggers TRIBE FaceBook Page
GeneaMusings
Lifetime Achievement Award
https://www.thefamilyheart.com/
Treasure Chest of Memories
The Family Tree Guy
A Genealogist in the Archives
Carolina Girl Genealogy





Contact our panelists:
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



Are you a blogger or are you thinking of starting one?
We'd love to hear from you!



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Sunday, April 19, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 19-April 28





April 18

   Martha "Mattie" Victoria (Bradford) Baker, my paternal great great grandmother (1862-1947) died 73 years ago in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina. Mattie was 84 when she died from a case of the Flu which turned into Pneumonia. She was buried in the Sumter City Cemetery. 


Martha Victoria (Bradford) Baker
Headstone
Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey




Who are you rememsbering this week?
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.










My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
 Many genealogy gatherings have had to be canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19.
For many of us, it means our scheduled lectures are going to happen and the learning and networking with friends and colleagues have been curtailed.
This week, some good news! The Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research announced that instead of canceling its week-long program in Athens, Georgia, they are holding it virtually! That means not only those who had registered to go but others now have an opportunity to attend. The word spread quickly and registration from those who couldn't make the trip in person sold-out classes!
I took the opportunity and registered for Writing and Publishing for Genealogists taught by Tom Jones. A class I have been dying to take!
There are several classes to choose from. Use this link to see the courses and register.

But wait! There's more! An announcement from the National Genealogical Society came soon after letting us know of their decision to change their live conference in Salt Lake City which was to be held in May, to a virtual live and on-demand platform beginning on May 20, 2020. More information is to come but to find out how you can take advantage of this virtual learning experience click here.

My happy dance? Knowing that despite the challenges of holding conferences and institutes, there are ways to bring the learning right into our homes.  So grateful for those who made these decisions to move forward in spite of these unique times in which we are living!

What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?




                                                                        

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Friday, April 17, 2020

Book Review:"Your DNA Guide the Book, Step by Step Plans to Connect with Your Family Using Your DNA" by Diahan Southard





Disclaimer: I received a copy of "Your DNA Guide the Book, Step by Step Plans to Connect with Your Family Using Your DNA" to review. No monetary compensation has or will be given.




Diahan Southard is well known for her DNA writings and lectures.
She's funny and down to earth. Her presentations are always filled with color and graphics and explain the sometimes overwhelming topic in a simple and easy way to understand.

And now? She's put her style into her first book on DNA.
This isn't your ordinary deep dive of what is DNA, what kinds of tests are out there and how to use them to find your family. While all those are great resources, this book is unique.
My first thought was this is just like the choose your own adventure books I used to read as a kid. You know the ones were you read to a certain part in a book and then have a choice as to which page to jump to?
Well, this book is similar.
After a few chapters on the basic information you need to know before searching, Diahan gives you a choice as to where to go next depending on what you are looking for! She walks you step by step through the process of using your matches to help find family connections.

Here's an example:
The chapter" Searching for Biological Parents" begins on page 30. On page 32 there are questions about what you are looking for, Your answers sending you to other pages-you are choosing your DNA adventure!
If you are a male and looking for your father- head to page 232, read the info and come back to pg.32 and proceed from there.
If you are looking for both parents go to page 57 and follow the instructions,
If you are looking for a birth parent and someone from the other side of the family has tested go to page 44, if not start with the steps on page 57.

Each move through the book leads you to the learning guides and research strategies for your DNA journey.

It's almost like having Diahn there to hold your and while you work your way through your matches and find your family!

Speaking of the research strategy stations, this book covers everything from Cheating Tools, Endogamy, Pedigree Collapse and so much more. Each chapter is written in a clear easy way to help you understand topics that can seem so complex.

Here's what you can find in the book:































I have to be honest here.
Although I understand much of the basic information on DNA and how to use it to find family members, there is much I need to learn.

Your DNA Guide the Book, Step by Step Plans to Connect with Your Family Using Your DNA" by Diahan Southard is just what I needed to help me over some of those gaps in my knowledge. She writes and illustrates in a down to earth, easy to comprehend way.
If you are seeking to understand how to use DNA to make family connections, I highly recommend this book.

 Click here to get your copy. This is not an affiliate link.


Do you have a copy?
I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

GenFriends: Dan Earl Host of Vivid-Pix Round Tuit Webinars






Cheri and the panel Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy grill regular panelist Dan Earl about his new gig as the host of the "Round to It" Webinar Series from Vivid-Pix. Dan even puts us on the hot seat as he asks us the rapid-fire questions, he asks his guests when he interviews them! A fun-packed episode!
Dan shares a document restored using Vivid-Pix Software, An amazing difference! Melissa shares that she is using Vivid-Pix at her archives in Tennessee. Have you watched any of the episodes of the Round Tuit Webinar series? We learn who has been a guest of the show so far and the upcoming lineup.

Watch as we learn about Vivid-Pix and it's new webinar series!










Links in this episode:


Contact our panelists:
Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


Have you used Vivid-Pix?
Share your document or photo restoration!
Listened to a Round Tuit Webinar?
Who has been your favorite guest so far?
We'd love to hear from you!



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Sunday, April 12, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calandar



April 12-April 18






Jubal Early Headstone
Greenlawn Cemetery
Columbia, Richland, SC


  April 13~
  My paternal great grandfather, Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964) died 56 years ago from a heart attack. Jubal died in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina and is buried there in Greenlawn Cemetery. He was 75 years old.



  Mary Alice (Dargan) Bradford (1825-1875), my paternal 3rd great grandmother, would have been 195 years old on this day. Born in the Sumter area of South Carolina, Mary was the daughter of  John Milton Dargan (1779-1847) and Samuel James Bradford (1815-1875).



Martha Dority Headstone
St, John's Methodist Chruch Cemetery,
Springhill, Sumter, South Carolina


April 15~

   The 115th anniversary of the death of my maternal 3rd great grandmother, Martha (Mathis) Dorrity (1820-1905) in Lee County, South Carolina.  Martha died at the age of 84 and is buried in St. John's Methodist Cemetery, Springhill, Lee, South Carolina.



Ransom Early Headston
Bethesda Presbyterian Chruch Cememtery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina

    My paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888) was born 191 years ago in North Carolina. Reseaech is continuing to find his parents.




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. 

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.


A view from my office



My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
While I don't have any major discoveries to report or big events to share, I am happy to continue to work on finding family for clients and Soldiers. Yes, my speaking and attending conferences and workshops have been put on hold as have my local classes.
That I can work from home is a blessing. I miss getting together with my genfamily but grateful for technology that lets us meet virtually.
My happy dance? Being able to continue doing what I love to do and helping families connect.

 What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?




                                                                        

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