“Restore My Name:” The First Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy

Luckie Daniels, proprietor of Our Georgia Roots, a tenacious researcher and tech expert, has taken on the hosting of the first edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy.   The theme for the first edition concerns slave research.   Participants are asked to answer one or more of the following questions: What responsibilities are involved on the part of the researcher when …Continue reading →


A Brief Hiatus

Dear loyal and constant readers (and casual ones as well–we love all readers!): We will be on hiatus until about March 12.  I’m having some surgery at a local hospital, and should be recovered by that time.  In the meantime, please enjoy some posts you may have missed under  The Best of GeneaBlogie.  The link is located just to the …Continue reading →


African-American Military History: Mary Kight Makes It Again

Three years ago during Black History Month, I wrote a series called “African-American Military History.”  One of the posts in that series was the one depicted below. Earlier today, Brig Gen Mary J. Kight became the first African-American woman to command a state National Guard organization.  She was sworn in as Adjutant General of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.   She …Continue reading →


Reprise: Finding Dr. King’s Roots in Slavery

“Finding  Dr. King’s Roots in Slavery” originally appeared at GeneaBlogie on Monday, January 15, 2007. As is the case for many African-Americans, the ancestors of Martin Luther King, Jr., apparently included a slaveowner. We know that Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. The 1930 census of Fulton County, as mentioned here previously, enumerates …Continue reading →


Reprise: The Genealogy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Genealogy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” originally appeared at GeneaBlogie on Saturday, January 13, 2007. [Updated  1/18/2010] One would think in the Cyber Age, it would be easy to find a rather complete genealogical study of an historic figure like Martin Luther King, Jr. Turns out, that’s not the case. There are sources that identify Dr. King’s parents …Continue reading →


Reprise: The Dream

[updated 1/18/2010, 11:15 am PDT] “The Dream” Originally appeared at GeneaBlogie on Saturday, January 13, 2007. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood . . . . That’s a powerful …Continue reading →


The Changed Face(s) of Ancestry.com

It’s Not 2007’s Ancestry! Remember this unfortunate matter? Believe it or not it’s been less than 2 1/2 years since Ancestry.com found itself overwhelmed in tsunami of controversy that it never anticipated.  The legal aspect of the dispute, about which I wrote a lot, really was not as important as the public relations aspect of it, the trust aspect of …Continue reading →


Upcoming . . . .

No blogging today or tomorrow . . . minor outpatient surgery. On the weekend, we join the discussion of standards, certification, and maturity


News: Archivist Confirmed by Senate

From the National Archives and Records Administration, 6 Nov 2009 The Senate has confirmed David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States. Mr. Ferriero  previously was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Among his …Continue reading →


You’ve Broken Down a Brick Wall–Now What?

Hint: You’re Not Going to Disneyland! Next in a multi-part series As with a physical barrier, breaking through a genealogical “brick wall” may expose an entirely new landscape.  The new landscape must be explored, analyzed, and documented.  In other words, once the barrier is breached, the real work begins.  If one realizes this fact early, the new territory can be …Continue reading →

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