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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show-Learning from FYR Season 8 Episodes 1-3

Cheri and the panel, Melissa Barker,  Laura Hedgecock,  Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy get together to discuss the first three episodes of Finding Your Roots Season 8.

Genealogy TV is fun to watch, but if we pay close attention to the stories and details of how ancestors were discovered, we can apply the methods to our own research.

Watch to see what the ladies of GenFriends thought about each episode and how you can apply what they observed and learned from the shows. 

Have you been watching Season 8?

What have you learned that may help you with your research?

We'd love to hear from you!

Links in this episode:

Finding Your Roots Season 8

Homestead Act

Homestead-National Park Service

Contact the panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy


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Sunday, January 23, 2022

This Week On My Family History Calendar


January 24~
 Loretta McManus Daughrity (1894-1936), my maternal Great Grandmother, died 86 years ago in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina. Etta was 41 at the time of her death. She is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina.


Loretta (McManus) Daughrity
Photo Owned by Cheri Hudson Passey

My 5th Great Grandfather, Phillip Roberts, II (1763-1864) was born 259years ago in Cumberland County, North 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. 
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down and add 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: 

Attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy course "Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research" with course coordinator Michael Strauss, AG was a whole week of happy dance moments! My goal in taking the course was to up my knowledge of researching in military records and gt some clues on finding information about the Soldiers in my family tree.  I learned so much about different types of records, how laws affect what may be available, how to work through Soldiers with the same name and how to find bounty land records. Besides Michael Strauss who is an expert on military records,, I also had the opportunity to learn from:

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

Lori Berdak Miller

Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CL, FUGA

Gerald H. "Jerry" Smith. CG

All excellent instructors who gave me so many ideas on where and how to find information needed for many of my ancestors. 

I highly recommend this course!

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What's your Happy Dance Moment?

Please share and let's celebrate together!


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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