Overture, curtain, lights! This is it. The night of nights. No more rehearsing or nursing a part. We know every part by heart! Overture, curtain, lights! This is it. We’ll hit the heights! And oh, what heights we’ll hit! On with the show, this is it! Tonight what heights we’ll hit! On with the show, this is it!
The Academy of Genealogy and Family History IGene Awards!
We’ve dispensed with the red carpet, and the tiresome, and seemingly endless pre-show shows, so as the chorus said, On with the show!
Best Picture: The second runner-up is the photo of my grandmother, Annie Florida Corrine Long, titled A Kansas City Follies Girl, c.1920. The first runner-up is the set of photographs of Buena Vista Plantation in Stonewall, Louisiana, where my Brayboy family was enslaved.
And the IGene Award goes to: The photograph of two Oblate Sisters of Providence and their relative from my in-law Micheau family in the post, A Little Photographic Treat From The Research Trip. I like the simple elegance and reverence of this photo from the early 20th century.
Best Screen Play: By acclamation, the IGene Award for Best Screen Play goes to the story told of my great-great-grandmother’s move from Georgia to Texas in the 1880’s, presented in last September’s Debunking A Family Myth. The title of the movie would be The Third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, and the cast would be: Sydney Tamiia Poitier as my great-great-grandmother, Matilda Manson; Kevin Costner as my great-great-grandfather, George Preston Birdsong; Tahj Mowry as their son Otis; Rashida Jones as Matilda’s mother Jane; Jane Seymour as Preston’s mother Susan Francis Thweatt Birdsong; and Ossie Davis as my great-great-grandfather William Sanford.
Best Documentary-Non-Family: I split the documentary category into two parts because the circumstances seemed to demand it. In the non-family documentary category, the runners-up are Walter Scott of Spokane, Washington, [producer’s credit for inspiration shared with Miriam Robbins Midkiff], Quindaro, Kansas, and Finding Dr. King’s Roots in Slavery. But the IGene Award goes to the series on African-American Military History, which starts here.
Best Biography: There was a lot to choose from here, including Mom’s Diamond Jubilee, the pairred Dad has a Birthday Party and A Birthday Party for Dad; and The World’s Smartest Sister. Last March’s Three Sisters and The Sisters Speak about my aunt Bernadine Coles Gines and her sisters wins the IGene Award.
Best Educational Series: No doubt here–the IGene Award goes to the series on copyright spawned by the Ancestry.com controversy. Links to all those posts can be found here.
Best Comedy: Only one real contender: The First Black NASCAR Driver.
And the last IGene Award, The Readers Miscellaneous Favorite: A Missed Bus.
“This Is It (The Bugs Bunny Overture)” copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment.
February 16, 2008 Saturday at 3:14 am