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, June 29, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson

The panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I welcome genealogist Nicka Smith to talk about her experience with the Ancestry film:  A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson. 

An emotional film that gives hope to all who are researching their roots.

Watch as Nicka tells us about the Freedmen's Bureau, the letters written in hopes of connecting with family, and her journey to reach out to the descendants of Hawkins.

The 1867 Letter:

Source: Hawkins Wilson to Chief of the Freedmen’s Bureau at Richmond, 11 May 1867, enclosing Hawkins Wilson to Sister Jane [11 May 1867], National Archives, Virginia, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Letters Received M1913, roll 58

Let us know how you felt about the movie.

Have you used Freedmen's Bureau Records to find information about your family?

We'd love to hear from you!

 For more information about the movie, the Freedmen's Bureau, and Nicka please visit these links:

A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson

Nicka Smith

Freedmen's Bureau Records

Freedmen's Fridays-(Zoom information is pinned at the top)

Contact the panelists:

Melissa Barker: A Genealogist in the Archives

Dan Earl: The Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphy-Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

This Week on My Family History Calendar


June 28~
  Alpheus J. Baker, my paternal 3rd great grandfather was born 198 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. His father was Jesse Hinton Baker (1795-1866). The name of his mother was thought to be Nancy Wilder but that research has been disputed and more needs to be done to determine the correct mother.

Alpheus J. Baker

My great grandparents, William Treadford Roberts and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts would be celebrating their 108th anniversary on this day. Wiliam was 20 and Bessie Mae 17 when, as family lore says, they snuck away from their homes in Richland County, South Carolina, and eloped.

William and Beulah Mae Roberts
Wedding Day
28 June 1914

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance! A Virtual Week in Pittsburg.


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: 

Last week I attended GRIP- The Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburg.

Held virtually again in 2022, GRIP courses are held in June and July.

My course was Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation taught by Tom Jones.

Every genealogist knows how important it is to cite sources and in this class, we were taught to understand the why and how of crafting them.  Creating citations can be frustrating and confusing as we try and make sure they are correct. This course taught me that I do know the basic principles and with more practice, I will be able to write them on the go and do it in a way that is up to genealogy standards.

I highly recommend this course!

Did you go to GRIP or are you planning on going to the July sessions? 

I'd love to hear from you!

What's your Happy Dance Moment?
 Please share, and let's celebrate together!



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