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Alfred E. Gines, 1930-2011

Alfred Eugene Gines, Sr., was called home on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  He passed away in the presence of his wife Icy, at the John Knox Rehabilitation Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Alfred Gines was born on December 17, 1930.  He attended Lincoln High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1946.  He served in the United States Navy, and worked …Continue reading →

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Black Confederates: Inconvenient Truth or Racist-inspired Revisionism?

A Long-Sought Photograph, Discovered, Stirs the Pot The photograph of my second great-grandfather was in a book titled Black Confederates (Pelican Publishing 2001), which its editors and publisher  tout as a compilation of historical accounts, photographs and documents relating to blacks who served with rebel forces in the Civil War.  Lewis LeJay (1835-1921) is described in the book through an …Continue reading →

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Lewis LeJay (1835-1921)

There are some ancestors I have given up any hope of ever seeing in a photograph.  So it was with my second great-grandfather, Lewis LeJay of De Soto Parish, Louisiana.   He  was the husband of Syntrilla Brayboy and they were the parents of Sylvia LeJay. Sylvia married Richard William Gines, and they became my mother’s grandparents. Researching the LeJays has …Continue reading →

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Breaking Down A Brick Wall–The Problem with Surnames, Part II

Fifth in a multi-part series I  had hypothesized that my Gines people were associated with English-speaking people named Gines who came from the West Midlands area.  They came to Virginia and North Carolina and from there moved on to South Carolina and other states of the Deep South, eventually winding up in Louisiana and Texas.   That hypothesis was based on …Continue reading →

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The Mailman Cometh

“Was there anything in the mail today?” I ask. “Yeah, a lot of stuff.  But nothing really exciting,” she replies.  “It’s there on the table.” I look there on the table, and wade through the usual bills, sales flyers, charitable solicitations, junk mail disguised as first class mail, until I finally come to a big brown envelope marked “Louisiana Secretary …Continue reading →

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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

I started this with a note on Facebook and it was suggested that it would make a good meme for bloggers.  The idea is to publicize your surnames and locales to see if anyone elseknows something about them.  For me on Facebook, I got several research-helpful replies. So how much better to take it to a wider audience. List the …Continue reading →

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Can’t find a Louisiana Relative or Ancestor? Try Looking in California!

What?! Yes, you heard right. If you’re having difficulty locating a Louisiana relative or ancestor from the 20th century, perhaps you should try looking in California . . . well, at least in some of the California databases on Ancestry.com. During and after World War II, there was a huge movement of people from the South to California. They were …Continue reading →

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Decoration Day Roll Call

Today, we honor our war dead. If I could, I would be placing decorations on the following family veterans gravesites: Charles Troy Bowie (1915-1945), U.S. Army, Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France. Rene C. Mischeaux (1948-1969), U.S. Army, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California They both gave “the last full measure of devotion” in service to our nation. While we’re …Continue reading →

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Where Were They in 1808?

Awhile ago, the challenge issued by Lisa was to describe where one’s ancestors were in 1908. I blogged about that here. Now the topic is where one’s ancestors were in 1808. Many bloggers have written about this already; I’m just getting caught up. 1808 was a signal year for some of my families. That was the year that Congress banned …Continue reading →

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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 →

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