Kansas City

Black History Month: Black Catholics in America

I have obliquely alluded, in this space, to the fact that I am of the Roman Catholic faith. This may come as a surprise to a lot of folks, some of whom believe a black Catholic is rarer than a campfire at the North Pole. Frequently, when people learn that I’m a Catholic, they say, “When did you convert?” Well, …Continue reading →


One More Name . . .

I’ve just discovered a Kansas City cousin named Dorothy Long Gunn (1916-1998). She would be my mother’s first cousin, both of them being granddaughters of James William Long (1866-1945).


Where Was Your Family in 1908?

Lisa, who has the energy to write several interesting blogs, posed the question, “Where was your family in 1908?” on, appropriately enough, her 100 Years in America blog. A century ago, neither of my paternal grandparents had been born yet, although one, my grandmother Jessie Beatrice Bowie, was just a year away. Her parents, my great-grandparents, Hattie Bryant and Elias …Continue reading →


The Elusive Sarah Gilbert

I’ve blogged quite a lot about Sarah Gilbert Johnson, wife of Ezekiel Johnson, and my great-great-grandmother. She appears in the marriage records of Clay County, Missouri, at the time of her marriage to Grandpa Zeke and in the 1880 census for Kansas City, Missouri. Then she appears of record no more. I’ve been over and over the available materials. Indeed, …Continue reading →


Be Still My Heart! A Genealogical Conference in the Heartland!

I have been to exactly one genealogical conference in my life. I really wasn’t sure that I had much to offer on the topic of genealogical conferences. Over the years, I’ve read what others have had to say about conferences. I especially agree with the oft-stated desire that conferences make their syllabi available on CD’s to save trees and make …Continue reading →



Yesterday, we reported here the death of Brooke Astor, the former Roberta Brooke Russell, at age 105. I noticed also yesterday that the world’s oldest person, 114 year-old Yone Minagawa, had died in Japan. According to the Census Bureau, in the year 2000, the United States had 50,454 persons over the age of 100, out of a total population of …Continue reading →


Once Again, "There Are No Easy Cases in Genealogy"

A key objective of the trip to Missouri had been to further identify Sarah Gilbert Johnson, the presumed wife of my great-great-grandfather Ezekiel Johnson. Unfortunately, I made no progress at all on this issue and it continues to frustrate me. I would have to say that this is my leading research objective right now. So I had begun to write …Continue reading →


A Kansas City Follies Girl, c. 1920

Annie Florida Corrine Long She later was known as Florida C. Gines, my grandmother. Coming Up: Research Trips–The “Don’t-Overs”


A Couple of Uploads from Photo Grrl

Right: Our author takes a stroll off the train during a lenghty stop at Albuquerque. Left: Craig at St Louis Public Library, 7/23/07 Left: Kansas City Union Station, 7/19/07


We’re in Kansas City!

We made the trip from St Louis to Kansas City in record time this afternoon with the GeneaBlogie staff photographer (aka Photo Grrl) at the wheel of a 2007 Pontiac Firebird Grand Am. Photo Grrl went to college in Leavenworth, Kansas, several decades ago and is well-familiar with all the speed enforcement agencies between KC and St Louis. On this …Continue reading →

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