As a little girl growing up, I always heard my Mom say that she had a sister that died during Child Birth.

Of course when I started my Research, a lot of the stories I heard growing up were and are still not proven.

For sure now I am able to prove one.

I was on and noticed that my Grandmother had a leaf and her information was bumping up against the information that someone had in their tree(actually it was the owner of Red River Sankofa) we are kin, just not sure how.

He had on his tree  Baby Girl Banks under a child for my Grandmother.

I immediately went to Cook County Death Index which lead me to Cook County Genealogy website and this is what I found:

When I told Mom she was so excited, knowing  1 of the stories that her mom told her as a child hold some “Truth’.

It is true, my Grandmother had 5 children!!! 3 by Augustus Banks(her 1st husband) and 2 by Robert L Smith(her 2nd husband).

There is no doubt in my mind that if my Aunt was still living she would be living with us and would have spoiled my Mom, Brother, our children, and myself Rotten.

Since there is no name on the Death Certificate, Mom and I decided to give her a name.

Everyone Please meet: Amanda Taylor Banks.


  1. Felicia,
    Great story and I love her name! Congrats on the find.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks San!! I was as shocked as my Mom. I always heard her say she had a sister, but its nothing like Researching and finding out the Truth……

  3. kristin says:

    Awww, that is so nice. I like that you named her.

  4. Leslie Ann says:

    Great find! Nice to meet you Amanda!

  5. Liv says:

    This is excellent news indeed!

    I had the pleasure of connecting with George Allen, the owner of the Red River Sankofa Project via this spring. He is a noted family historian here in the Houston area. Be sure to connect with him online if you have not already because I know he would love to know how you two maybe related!

  6. Gini Webb says:

    That’s awesome, Felicia. I am so glad that you found baby Amanda Banks . . . beautiful name! Is there a cemetery listed or do you know where she is buried? It’s the greatest feeling when you finally find the truth to those “stories!”

    I am on the hunt for my great-aunt and Godmother . . . Emilie Haf, I only know her name and that she was my Godmother and lived in Augsburg, Germany – no birthdate, death date . . . it’s a needle in a haystack again but I’m not giving up! You are such an inspiration!

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