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ALL THE NEW AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY BLOGS ONLINE……

Since being a part of the new Facebook Group: African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research I have meet some new Researchers and Bloggers as well. Within a 4 week period the African American Genealogy Community has grown with some New Bloggers. I would like to acknowledge them all New & Old: Echoes of my Nola Past Our Georgia Roots Claiming Kin Conversations with my Ancestors Georgia Black Crackers In Honor of my Ancestors Low Country Africana My Elusive Kin Our Alabama […]

50 YEARS LATER & MOM FINALLY GOT TO MARCH!!

When the March happen 50 years ago my Mom was just 16 years old. From what she told me, she begged my Grandmother Odessa to take her, but her mom couldn’t afford it at the time. So when my Aunt Jackie(on the left-mom on the right) said that she was in town and had to work for the march, my jumped at the chance to go. Heck, this time she only lived like 30 minutes away from DC. Mom said […]

SENTIMENTAL SUNDAY: ANOTHER STORY PROVEN TRUE!!

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 Ancestry.com 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 […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!

This is one of my favorite pictures of my MoM.

CHRISTMAS BLOG CAROLING 2010 – MY FAMILY’S FAV

Thanks again to Footnote Maven for the invite to participate in Blog Caroling 2010. A couple of years ago one of my co-workers heard me talking about this song and me saying how hard it was to find the CD. I don’t know how she did it but she found the CD and gave it to me as a gift, which I was most grateful. This is one of my family’s favorite Christmas Song and now that I have the CD […]

SENTIMENTAL SUNDAY: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  Mom and Me June 1980. Happy Mother’s Day!!

CARINVAL of AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY: GRANDMA HANDS! GRANDMOTHERS and THEIR INFLUENCE on the FAMILY!

I don’t remember my maternal Grandmother Odessa Amos(Big Momma to some but I like calling her NaNa). She passed away when I was 2 years old. My Mom and Dad worked the evening shift and NaNa Odessa babysat for my brother and I a lot, especially since her and my Mom lived across the hall from each other in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, IL. I’m quite sure we spent many evenings in the kitchen talking, sharing recipes, and […]

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY: NANA ODESSA’S VOTERS REGISTRATION CARD

The date on this card was September 1964. My brother was born in March. I will assume NaNa Odessa decided she wanted to make the city a little bit better for her grandson. Felicia

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: ROBERT LEE SMITH JR 02/21/1948-01/21/1997

Although my mom had three brothers, Uncle Bobby was my favorite. I learned so much from him. He had such a good spirit. He was smart, funny, and humble. He was well educated(masters degree in math) and such a good athlete. He almost went pro, but like so many he had those demons that he could not shake. Athough Uncle Bobby had so much going for him, in college he developed a liking for alchohol and became addicted. He was able to […]

MADNESS MONDAY: CAROL JEAN COLLINS 11/1944-05/2006

Now I know madness mondays are for those ancestors that drive you mad. Although Aunt Carol did not drive me mad, but she did a number on my mom and the family. Although my NaNa Odessa only had one girl(which is my mom), her and NaNa Dora were real good friends so mom and Aunt Carol grew up together. Once my NaNa Odessa passed away NaNa Dora stepped in a mother figure for my mom and our families grew from […]

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