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, November 23, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Relative Race Season 10-Team Reunion!



 


The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, and Mary Kircher Roddy welcome members of Teams Red, Black, and Blue to share more about their journeys on Relative Race and the challenges on Day 10!  We missed Team Green, who were planning on joining us but ended up with no internet in a mountain cabin with family!

Watch as we hear about Alex's meeting with his bio mom and get updates on family connections on and since the show from everyone.







We are so happy for each of the teams and are grateful for being able to follow their journies. Congratulations to Team Red for the win on Day 10!














Did you watch Day 10?

What was your favorite part?

We'd love to hear from you!


Links in this episode:

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

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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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show-Relative Race Season 10, Day 9 with Scott and Hannah!





The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I welcome Scott and Hannah-Team Green from Season 10 of Relative Race.


Watch as we talk about the family connections made on Day 9 and who is going on to Day 10!   We also get to get Scott and Hannah's reactions to the events of the day and talk about their experience on the show. 



How did you feel about Day 9?

Do you have a guess as to who will win on Day 10?

We'd love to hear from you!

Links in this episode:

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

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, November 13, 2022

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, 135 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




Who are you remembering this week?


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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance! RootsTech 2023 Influencer

 

  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 that you found the document, contacted a cousin with the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a 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 weekly series enables everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
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My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

RootsTech is back in person, along with a virtual option for 2023, and I have been asked to be an influencer to help promote the event. In previous years, the position has been called an Ambassador.
My responsibilities? Promote the conference, report on live happens from Salt Lake, and let everyone know how fun and educational this conference is for genealogists and family historians.
Will you join us in Salt Lake City or view the virtual classes? Registration is open now!
Hope to see you there! Look for me teaching several classes and hanging out in the media hub in the Expo Hall!



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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Relative Race Season 10, Day 8-Fathers and Brothers

 


The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I gather again to discuss the latest Relative Race episode.

Day 8 proves to be an important one for race times,  the photo challenge,  a team with immunity, and finding long sought for family.

 Watch as we talk about the worry of the possibility of a team going home after a third strike,  the importance of the photo challenge this season, and the emotional meeting of fathers and brothers. 




Links in this episode:


Relative Race 

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Dan Earl-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, November 6, 2022

Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance! WikiTree Day & Symposium

 

  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 that you found the document, contacted a cousin with the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a 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 weekly series enables everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
Share by scrolling 
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: 

Being part of WikiTree day was so much fun! On Friday evening, I joined the WikiTree Adoption Angels project discussion and talked about Relative Race, BYUtv's series about finding biological family. Then on Saturday morning, I was part of a panel talking about the WikiTree Challenge.  A year ago, it was my pleasure to be part of this unique opportunity to have the researchers at WikiTree look at my family tree, search for records to look for ancestors, break down brick walls and confirm those already on it. Using DNA, they were able to solve a mystery from 1922! You can watch all the events from this weekend on WikiTree's YouTube page by clicking here.



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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Relative Race Day 7: Connections and Closure.




The panel Bernice Bennett, Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock. Shelley Murphy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I join together in this episode of GenFriends to talk about Relative Race Season 10, Day 7. Connections and closure for the four teams as they race to find family and beat the clock for the price of immunity on Day 8.

Watch as we talk about who the teams met, the fun of the challenge, and another photo making a difference in the results! 





 Links in this episode:

Day 6 Bonus Video


Relative Race 

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Relative Race Season 10, Day 6: Reunions and Surprises!

 



The panel Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy,  Mary Kircher Roddy, and I discuss Day 6 of Relative Race. 

Watch as we talk about surprise meetings and overdue reunions. 

The tears were flowing!





Links in this episode:

Relative Race 

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show-Relative Race Season 10, Day 5: Siblings!




The panel Bernice Bennett, Melissa Barker,  Dan Earl, and I join together to discuss Day 5 of Relative Race. It's hard to believe we are halfway through Season 10! 

And this episode is filled with the discovery of siblings.

We also continue to be amazed at the bond that is being formed by the teams who were strangers at the beginning of the race. Shawn's injury before the challenge and the support from Curtis is heartwarming. 

Watch as we talk about each team and their journey on Day 5.














Links in this episode:

Relative Race 

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show-Relative Race Season 10, Day 4: Healing Wounds

 


The panel, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgcock,  Shelley Murphy, and I  get together to share their thoughts about the emotional family discoveries on Relative Race Season 10, Day 4.  Each team discovered new relatives that helped them answer long-held questions about who they are and why they do the things they do. 


Wasn't it fun to see Joe and Jerica from Season 4?

AND? The chicken is back!!


Watch as we laugh at the fun during the challenge, admire the photos taken for the photo challenge, and marvel at the bonding between strangers who understand each other's journey. 



What were your favorite moments from Day 4?

We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks for watching!


Links in this episode:

Relative Race 

Relative Race Live

Fans of Relative Race


Contact the Panelists:

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy



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Sunday, October 9, 2022

This Week On My Family History Calendar



Oct. 11~
 My paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882) was born 201 years ago in Darlington District, South Carolina. He was the son of Jacob Hudson (1788-1870) and Mary (?).

 Mary Jane (Brown) McRady, my maternal 3rd great grandmother (1821-1894), died 128 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. She is buried in the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery in Pisgah Crossroad, Sumter, South Carolina. 

Mary Jane (Brown) McRady
Headstone
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Picture courtesy Remember Me
Find A Grave 



Oct. 13~
  The 110th wedding anniversary of my maternal great grandparents, Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931), and Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1834-1936). David was 23 and Etta 17 when they married in Bishopville, Lee, South Carolina. 

David and Etta Daughrity
Marriage License 

   


  My 5th great grandmother, Mary (Strother) Dargan (1772-1822) died 200 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina. 





 Who are you remembering this week?


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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance! Teaching at SLIG Fall Virtual

 

  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 that you found the document, contacted a cousin with the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a 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 weekly series enables everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
Share by scrolling 
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: 

Being one of the instructors for D. Joshua Taylor's SLIG  Fall Virtual course: "Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches," is a happy dance moment all by itself, but I got an extra one this week after teaching the second of the Hands-On classes.  The hands-on sessions give tips and tricks for searching the big four- FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast, and then give the students time to go and search using what they have learned. They then come back and report what they found.  During their search time, after discussing MyHeritage and suggesting using their newspaper collection, a huge happy dance moment occurred for one participant.  She decided to try the newspaper collection for information on an ancestor and found an obituary giving her the needed facts! Her ancestor's obituary was included in a Montreal newspaper that was part of a collection she didn't know about on MyHeritage! You never know where you will find the one source that leads you to your ancestor! 

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






                                                                      
                                                                                              

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