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Saturday Night Fun’s Ancestry Winner

1) If you won the grand prize in the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes of $20,000 for genealogy travel to places of your choice, where would you go, and what would you do? 2) Tell us of your dream genealogy trip using the prize money in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook.

Continue Reading February 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

What I Do When I Am Not Doing Genealogy

Saturday Night Fun has taken a little twist from the genealogical topics and has made way to get to know each of us a little better outside of the family research. Here is tonite’s challenge:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
* Tell us about your “other” hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.

Continue Reading January 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm 1 comment

Assessing Your Family History

The Geneabloggers have come up with their 2010 theme thanks to Amy Coffin. For those who have time in their schedules to blog, this weekly suggestion gives them something to write about.I have enjoyed participating in last year’s blogging and Week 1 of this year. Here is Week 3′s blog.

Continue Reading January 19, 2010 at 11:47 am 1 comment

Why Me?

I was looking for a poem or inspiration message to put in my talk for church this morning. I found this and it touched my heart, so I wanted to share it with you. It is called, “Why Me?”.

Continue Reading September 28, 2009 at 2:51 am 1 comment

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was established by the War Department on March 3, 1865. Its primary function was to supervise all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen. It assumed custody of abandoned or confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory.

The National Archives gives us the following information: “In the years following the Civil War, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) provided assistance to tens of thousands of former slaves and impoverished whites in the Southern States and the District of Columbia. The war had liberated nearly four million slaves and destroyed the region’s cities, towns, and plantation-based economy. It left former slaves and many whites dislocated from their homes, facing starvation, and owning only the clothes they wore. The challenge of establishing a new social order, founded on freedom and racial equality, was enormous.

Read more at http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art58414.asp

September 1, 2008 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Reuniting Families: Dead or Alive

I had an awesome experience this past week.  I am helping a friend of mine discover her family roots.  Much to the dismay of my friend, Barb, I often volunteer my services at no charge.  Just loving having a family to research.  As I said in an earlier post, I am a genealogy addict, was not just words, FACT.

Anyways, I had been doing her family and got to where I was hitting bricks.  She is African American and was pretty basic research following the census as best I could to the 1870 census.  The male  lines were pretty easy, but of course the maiden names of gg grandmothers were hard to come by.  I had quit working on her lines for the last 3-4 weeks.  With school starting back, and knowing I’d see her again, I went back to the lines.  Just in that short few weeks, a new posting had been put on Ancestry.  One of my brick walls on her grandmother was there, the maiden name.  But, some things did not match up, so I was not wanting to just take what she said without proof.

After a couple emails, the researcher on  Ancestry cleared up my questions.  She was a cousin to my friend and had lost her contact information.  They had corresponded a year or so ago and lost touch.  It was great to be able to get permission and provide the contact information to this lady and reunite this family.  So, not only did I solve a link and add a couple more generations to this friend’s family roots, but reunited her and her mom to a cousin.  Is it just me, or do others get just as excited over things such as this.  My kids just roll their eyes as I tell them of my excitement…LOL

And, although, the money is nice, I feel like I was paid.  And it goes to show you, if you are hitting brick walls, just put the family down for a week or so, maybe it will take longer, but eventually someone else might just post something that will help you continue with your research.  This just took less than a month, but I’ve had cases where it was almost 2 years later, and I get an email from a message board telling me someone answered my post I did years before and there is that missing element I so needed to continue. 

So, any Fralicks out there from Autauga County, AL, please hurry up and post something I need so I can finally break that Fralick brick wall.  LOL.  To summarize, I am just as excited to reunite the living as I am discovering a family that has died several years ago.

August 25, 2008 at 7:15 am 2 comments

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