Monday, November 30, 2009
Arnaz, Cathy, and I were in high school (between 1978 and 1981) during the time of this quartet. Cathy and I met in 7th grade and after that time attended the same schools; Arnaz attended another school in our city, but we would see him in city wide orchestra activities, or events such as this, when we played as a quartet. Although Mrs. Herbinson was our (Cathy and I) string teacher from elemementary school, we still saw her throughout our school days at orchestra activities and events such as the day we played in this quartet. Mrs. Herbinson was probably Arnaz's string teacher sometime during his school days, but I do not know for sure.
I believe that we played at a local church on the day that this photo was taken.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As a recepient of this award, I am required to write seven things about myself.
- My favorite Microsoft Office software is PowerPoint.
- I have a weakness for chocolate and other sweetness.
- I learned to play the Viola (like a violin) in 6th grade, and played though my sophomore year in college. I hope to begin playing again one day.
- My favorite fruit is banana.
- My favorite color if Fushia.
- Besides genealogy, I also like to read, travel, and crochet.
- I am a Genea-Holic and am proud of it!!!!!!
- Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.
Additionally, as a recipient of this award, I am required to nominate seven other blogs. Below, is a list of my nominations for the “Kreativ Blogger Award.”
- Steve’s Genealogy Blog by Stephen Danko
- Life From The Roots by Barbara Poole
- African Roots Podcast by Angela Walton-Raji
- The Blessedness of Believing by Linda Meadows
- Genealogy – Photograph – Restoration by George Geder
- Genealogy Tip of the Day by Michael John Neill
- The Professional Descendnt by The Professional Descendant
Finally, I will leave comments on each of these blogs.
Thanks again to Cheryl, Russ, Mavis, Felicia, and Darlene for your nominations. I am honored to be included in a group of such Great Bloggers.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Educating yourself in genealogy is essential to your success in “Finding Your Folks.” As you progress on your genealogical journey, you will need to continually develop your research and methodology skills. For the past 15 years, I have continually educated myself and developed my genealogy research and methodology skills by doing the following things.
- Reading how-to genealogy books, pamphlets, published and unpublished family histories, magazines, and Internet articles or blogs. Many of these resources were found at my local public library.
- Watching genealogy and historical VHS videos, DVDs, and online videos. I found some genealogy and historical VHS and DVDs at my local public library. I have also discovered genealogy and historical videos on online websites such as YouTube and Roots Television.
- Attending workshops and conferences, both local and national. Workshops and conferences are not only a good source for information, but are also a place to meet and network with other genealogist who share your common interest.
- Taking genealogy classes (online and face-to-face). Some colleges and universities offer face-to-face or online genealogy courses. I haven taken online courses through GenClass. There are also other Online and Home Study Courses offered by various organizations.
- Joining genealogy societies. In my local society, we have monthly speakers whose lectures enhance my knowledge in various historical and genealogical topics. Other societies, whose meetings I am not able to attend because of distance, provide newsletters and journals which further my knowledge in history and genealogy.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
In response to a myriad of questions that she has received from persons who are just getting started researching their family history, Angela Walton-Raji of African Roots Podcast has created a new website and videos called The Beginning Genealogist.
Videos created for new genealogists can be viewed either from the The Beginning Genealogist website or from the AYWalton YouTube channel.
Thank you, Angela, for taking the time to create this Beginner Genealogist website and videos.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Today, I’d like to introduce you to the My Colored Roots blog by my blog reader, Darlene. I have noticed Darlene’s comments on my blog for a while and was fortunate to meet her at the International Black Genealogy Summit a few weeks ago. She also attended my “Power of Blogging” workshop at the conference.
I featured Darlene in my blog posting Unleashing Your Inner Afrocentric.
Congratulations to Darlene on entering the blog world and I wish you much success in your future blogging endeavors.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Barbara and I have known each other online for about three years and we met face-to-face in 2007 when I attended a genealogy conference in her area. (For more on this meeting, read posting on The Excitement of Meeting Online Friends.
Congratulations to Barbara on the success of your blog and I look forward to reading more exciting postings.
Monday, November 9, 2009
"I like your head wrap,"
I said to Darlene after the workshop ended.
"I got the idea from your blog,"she told me.
As a blogger, that made me feel good to know that my blog posting had positively influenced someone. I recognized the style of Darlene's head wrap from a video I had viewed on YouTube , however, I did not post that particular video on my blog. I did, however, post three videos on "How to Tie an African Head Wrap". It was these videos that gave Darlene the idea of wearing a head wrap and African attire to the conference.
Darlene also told me. "After reading your blog, I searched for more videos and found the
"After reading your blog, I searched for more videos and found theTheTonyaTkoShow ,"
She wore the head wrap style demonstrated by Tonya in the video below.
She wore the head wrap style demonstrated by Tonya in the video below.
3 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Afrocentric: Parts2: Head Wrap
For other Afrocentric videos by TheTonyaTkoShow , visit the links below.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
While we were on the shuttle, we talked more about the Emporia connection. During the conversation, I pulled out my cell phone and called a cousin (Carolyn) who is a lifelong resident of Emporia. My cousin asked me questions about the lady's family and I couldn't remember all of the details because I had put my notebook in my briefcase. So I handed the lady (Ethel) my cell phone. Cousin Carolyn and Ethel did not know each other, but both of them knew a lot of the same people from Emporia. Everyone on the shuttle had attended the conference and we all laughed as we listened to Ethel talking to my cousin Carolyn as if they had known each other for years.
Ethel's ancestors and my ancestors attended the same churches (Shiloh Baptist and Antioch Baptist.) One of her family members was also the community barber.
I'm looking forward to discovering more about the relationship between these two families.
Thank God for cell phone technology. Instead of waiting until I got home to call my cousin, I was able to use this technology to call her while Ethel was on the shuttle with me. Nothing replaces seeing her smiling face and hearing her excited voice as she talked to my cousin like they had know each other for years.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Conference attendees of the International Black Genealogy Summit took advantage of the extended Sunday hours (8 a.m - 5 p.m.) of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Room. I squeezed in a few moments to gather one last morsel of research at the library prior to leaving for the airport. My research focus was on Allen Pair (abt. 1843-aft. 1915), who was a slave in Greensville County, Virginia. By 1880, he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. (I will discuss my research findings later).
I was not alone in taking advantage of the Sunday hours of the library before leaving the city of Fort Wayne. The ladies in these photos (Cristal, Janis, and Angela) also took advantage of the extended hours and we had lots of fun taking photos with our cell phone cameras and exchanging genealogy busines cards. As you can see from the piles of books on the table and cart, there were quite a few resources at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Room.
Thanks to the staff of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Room for all of your hospitality and assistance.