Isn’t this the cutest thing. I had to step on this to get in my bed at the Savannah B&B. Wish I could have brung this home, but it would not fit in my suitcase. I TRIED. Until next time!!



As everyone know from OurGeorgiaRoots on Saturday we took the Freedom Trail Tour with Johnnie Brown, and one of the places that he took us was The Laurel Grove Cemetery which once was a Plantation.
Now for someone that only goes to funeral unless I have to, I had no problem viewing Markers of Slave Ancestors. It was such a spiritual experience for me. I was always told growing up to never fear the dead its the living that you have to worry about and after this weekend, Boy can I say how True!!
The first Marker that Johnnie took us to was of Old Tom(view on OurFamilyAsaWhole).
Then Johnnie showed us the Slave Burials in the Cemetery/Plantation. There is just a row of Markers not much space between each Marker. Some have Names and Some do not. The one that does read: SACRED MEMORY of Thomas C Hall September 19, 1851-October 19, 1899. Julia A UNKNOWN Hall 1849-1904. I believe that maybe a descendant found their Ancestor and purchased a HeadStone. Lets Just Hope!!
One of the more funnier moments in the Cemetery was after leaving Old Tom’s Marker I asked Luckie to pose with a HeadStone of someone named Elzabeth. Boy what I do that for, I have never seen someone run so fast in 4inch Heals in my life and you can see from the picture while everyone else is Walking away, Luckie is no where in sight. I believe she was back on the bus before any of us!!
Just some more of our memoriable moments in Savannah!! Until Next Time!!
sourced: reading of the HeadStone from Find A Grave Chantham County Georgia


I spent this weekend with some of the most amazing Women(and I Gentleman) that I know. Luckie of OurGeorgiaRoots, Sandra of I Never knew my Father, Mavis of Georgia Black Crackers, and Sandra’s Brother Bernard decided to get together for the Southeast Family History Expo in Savannah, GA, but it was more than that to me. It was more about spending time with family, like cousins getting together that had not seen each other in a long time!
I headed out from Union Station in Washington, DC at 9:55 am on Friday for Savannah and arrived to find that Amtrak left my Suitcase in Fayettville, NC. I did not get upset, Again, I was going to see my family, and in true family fashion, they were more concerned about my suitcase than I was!!!
I arrived a the Savannah B&B in the Historic District to find that Mavis had checked in but the others had not made it as yet. Mavis and I spent almost two hours chatting about everything under the sun. I felt that I knew her already. See this weekend was not just about genealogy, it was about folks that met online, who share the same passion, and just needed to get away.

When the others arrived, we immedaitely migrated to Sandra’s room and chatted some more into the wee hours of the night. I was so excited that I had left my Netbook, Room Key, Tote Bag, and Coat in the dining area on the table, when I returned I had found that staff had put my things in a secure area. THANKS for that. Some other place probably would have left it and if it would have come up missing would had said “not my responsibility”. Its always those little things that makes you’re Stay even more special!!

Although we stayed at the same B&B we all had a different room in different locations. Luckie and I stayed in the same place but on different sides.
We booked our rooms at different times and requested Managers Choice, and did he choose correctly. My room was the Library, filled with warmth, a fireplace, and plenty of books. The kind of room that you would want to cuddle up in with a good book and have a nice fire going in the fireplace. I never spoke to any one that reading was one of my favorite past times, but the room fit me to a tee!!!
Luckie’s room was Luckie all over it from the colors to Buddah over her bed. I had to get a picture and named it Luckie in her Blog.
When I left for Savannah and my son found out that I was staying in the Historic District he said to me “Don’t bring no Spirit back Home”! I wish I would have because if there was a Spirit it allowed two nights of restful sleep that I had had in a long time! This place was so Beautiful, I recommend anyone staying in Savannah to stay at the Savannah B&B, you feel like you are at home.
Although there is more to our trip, I to will be posting more in the future. I have taken a lot of pictures and will be posting some in future post and if you can’t wait then I have created an album on my FaceBook Page.
Until Next Time!!



                                May 1938-February 04, 2010

Arlene(sitting on the left) is my moms first cousin(her dad was Joesph Amos). This picture was taken in January 1988, when my mom(on Arlene’s advice) packed everything up and decided to move from Chicago, IL to Maryland, and our family has been Blessed ever since.

Arlene was an inspriration to us all and encourage us to be and do our best. She was my bother’s Godmother and she will be truly missed.


Many Thanks to Lucie LeBlanc Consetino from Lucie’s Legacy for this award.

Although we Blog for ourselves, it is so nice to see that others read and really like you’re work, and for that I am greatly appreciative.

According to Lucie I have to give this award to your most loyal blog readers. The award should be given to a follower of yours who takes the time to comment regularly on many of your posts. In addition his or her blog should be creative, funny and always entertaining. Upon receiving this award, pass it along to two fellow bloggers who fit this criteria.

The two Bloggers that I give this Award to are:

1. Sandra Tailiaferro of I Never Knew my Father, I don’t think there is one post that I have done that Sandra has not left me a comment and I really Thank her for that.

2. Gini Webb of Ginisology, Not only does Gini comment on my Blog, but she helped in the creation of the new look to my Blog and the new Avitar on Twitter. Thank You so much.

I also want to say “Thank You” to those that read my Blog and may not leave a comment, this is to let you know that I appreciate you too!!


Mr Blakburn was one of NaNa’s Suitors! Tale has it, this was supposed to be my Grandfather!




This award is really worth its namesake, because it truly made me Happy at a time when I needed some Happiness in my life.  Thanks Gini of  Ginisology  I really appreciate this.

In true fashion of the Award I have to name 10 things that make me Happy and then name 10 Blogs that I want to recieve this reward.

Heres my Happiness:

1. My Family and Friends. My mom and Boys are the most important things in my life and they truly make me happy. We can laugh together and at each other and still hold that family togetherness. My Friends are the same way and anyone that I call my Friend is Family anyway.

2. Doing my Genealogy. Since starting my Research over a year ago, I have learned somethings I didn’t know about my family and I also have met some really nice genealogists that has become more like family than my own family. Thats because we are always Tweeting, Blogging, and Emailing each other. We are in each other lives than our own families. (LOVE IT)

3. Reading

4. Blogging

5. Cooking and my Family has no problem when I test a new recipe or bake something different. I love them for that.

6. Shopping. Have an addiction, but I have developed a concept that when I buy something new, I have to get rid of something. Weither Shopping for clothes or groceries I am there

7. Coffee and Tea. Have to have a cup of coffee every AM and if under the weather Tea and Lemon

8. Tweeting. May seem strange, but I love to Tweet and RT

9. Being supportive. I try to read all the Blogs and RT as much as possible, just to let the Fam know Hey I am there for you and I Love when they let me know they are there for me.

10. My alone time. After all is said and done, I love when I get to spend time by myself. Without all of the above. If I just go for a drive, walk, or simple do the me thing, it truly makes me HAPPY!!

Now for my nominees:
1. Andrea’s Genealogical Attic
2. Before My Time
3. Chicago Genealogy
4. Desperately Seeking Surnames
5. Find Your Folks
6. Lessons From My Ancestors
7. Lucie’s Legacy
8. Random Relatives
9. Tina’s Genealogical Wish List
10. Twig Talk

Thanks Again for Everyones Support. Really means a lot to me. Makes me HAPPY!

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