Family History

Bernadine Coles Gines, 1926-2015

The first African-American woman to become a certified public accountant in the state of New York has passed way in  Queens.  Bernadine Coles Gines, 88 years old, was a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia State  University, Mrs Gines graduated first in her class. Mrs Gines  went to New York City  in …Continue reading →


Year Nine: Life Support

THIS LITTLE BLOG OF MINE . . . This week marks the ninth anniversary of GeneaBlogie. The blog and its author have been through a lot over the last nine years, as has the  blogosphere itself. Nine years is a lifetime in social media or technology. There are platforms that did not even exist nine years ago when this blog …Continue reading →


A Bit About the Bayou City: Houston, Texas

This isn’t a full-blown essay about Houston . . .but the city has come to mind several times over the past few weeks.  And that gave me an insight into genealogical research. Houston is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (“Mission Control”) and the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and The University of Texas Health Science Center At …Continue reading →


Women’s History Month: Oveta Culp Hobby

“Journalist, Business Leader, Public Servant”   Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) was one of most recognized women of the 1940s through the 1980s. Born in 1905 in Killeen, Bell County, Texas, by the age of 25 she had earned a law degree and was both the Assistant City Attorney in Houston and the parliamentarian of the  Texas House of Representatives. But …Continue reading →


Women’s History Month: The “Six-Triple-Eight” WWII Battalion

One thing a deployed soldier, sailor, marine, or airman looks forward to is “mail call.” Receiving letters from home is the biggest morale booster known to military men and women.  Before World War II, mail was mostly handled on an individual basis.  But the two-theater Second Great War brought mobilization on a scale never before seen. And “mail call” became …Continue reading →


Wednesday’s Why?

Q:  Why does continue to list the last known residence from the SSDI as the place of death? A: I don’t know.


Catholics, Mormons, and Genealogy

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: Papal Aide: Holy Father there is exciting news. Some of it’s good but some of it’s bad. Pope:Okay, give me the good news first. Aide: The Savior has returned to Earth! He’s on the telephone asking for you! Pope: What could possibly be the bad news then? Aide: He’s calling from …Continue reading →


Genealogical Reconnaisance in Central Texas

Last month,  being Family History Month, seemed like a good time to head for the ancestral homelands in central Texas.  The fact that I was speaking at an American Bar Association thingie in Austin was completely coincidental. Longtime readers of this journal (if there are any out there!) will recall that in 1884, my great-great-grandmother and her son Otis went …Continue reading →


November is National Black Catholic History Month in the USA

And so it is.   I will be posting relevant matter here and over at The Catholic Gene.  These won’t be the same;  each site will have a different post. Black Catholics make up just 3% of the Catholic population in the United States. So why a Black Catholic History Month? Because Black Catholics make up just 3% of the Catholic …Continue reading →


William Edward Gines II (1953-2012)

My cousin, William Edward Gines II, passed away on October 12, 2012. He had heart disease. Generally known as “Eddie” or “William Edward,” he was named after our grandfather, William Edward Gines (1898-1955), who was also called “Eddie.”  His father was Alfred Eugene Gines (1930-2011) and his mother was Ida Mae Johnson, who survives him. Among his survivors are his …Continue reading →

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