Thursday, October 30, 2014

Legacy Quick Guides

Legacy QuickGuides are a MUST HAVE for your genealogy research toolbox!!!!!!  

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I love quick guides and have a large collection on a variety of topics in my personal library. Some of the topics in my collection include:  computer software and technology, history, literature, Bible, public speaking, and mathematics.  These guides provide me with a vast amount of information and are a huge time saver.

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Quick guides are written concisely and to the point on the given subject.  Legacy’s Quick Guides are written on a wide array of genealogy topics by numerous genealogy and family history experts.  

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The guides are sold at an affordable price and can be purchased from the Legacy Store for $2.95 or at Amazon for $2.99 in .pdf or Kindle format.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Clean Up

Here is a great blog article with eight tips from Misty Kearns about "Cleaning Out Your Blogging Closet"

I love the tips for refreshing your blog by updating and recycling and plan to spruce up my blogs using some of these tips.  The first tip I plan to follow is sharing and re-sharing my popular post.  Below are the statistics as of  today of the popular posts and pages for my Find Your Folks blog.

popular posts
Popular Posts of Find Your Folks Blog as of July 21, 2014

Popular Pages of Find Your Folks Blog as of July 21, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)

MAAGI Class of 2014
Last week, July 8 – 10, 2014, I taught five genealogy courses at the 2nd annual Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in St. Louis, Missouri.  I was also a faculty member in the first MAAGI which was held July 9 – 11, 2013.  The titles of the classes I taught this year were as follows:

  • Breathing Life into Bullet Points & Text With Smart Graphics & Diagrams.
  • Creating Multimedia Presentations
  • Taking Family History to the Stage
  • Using Spreadsheets Software for Genealogy Projects
  • Word Processing Software: Adding Visual Appeal to Family History Narratives

MAAGI is directed by Mr. Charles Brown, Jr., who is also president of the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society.  

All of the four tracks of MAAGI focus on African-ancestored family history research. 

  • Track 1:  Fundamental Methods & Strategies for African American Research
  • Track 2:  Technology and Social Media
  • Track 3:  Pre & Post Emancipation Records
  • Track 4:  Genealogy as a Profession

MAAGI Class of 2013
MAAGI was sponsored by the St. Louis African American History and GenealogySociety and held on the campus of Harris-StoweState University

I am proud to be part of the first faculty members of such a fine genealogy institute and look forward to continue teaching at MAAGI in the coming years.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Juneteenth Jubilee, A Staged Production

I am pleased to announce my upcoming staged production, Juneteenth Jubilee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Record Collections Page

I have created a webpage on my Find Your Folks Blog called "Record Collections"  which contains links to online genealogy record resources. This is a work in progress and I have completed tables to the state pages of records on and  This webpage was created for two purposes: 1) to make it easier for me to search for online record collections from various websites and 2) to be used as a quick online records collection resource for participants in my genealogy workshops.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Color Genealogy Filing System

Editor's Note:  This posting was originally posted on my blog on Sunday, February 15, 2009. Links to this blog posting were updated March 10, 2014

Genealogy is a hobby full of papers, electronic files, and heirlooms. The more documents we find on our family, the more the paper piles up. As a result, the excitement of finding information on our ancestors is overshadowed by the weight of piles of papers.

Since beginning this hobby in 1994, I have tried various filing methods such as notebooks and an ancestral number filing system. However, none of these methods have worked effectively for me. Many new genealogist use a notebook to organize their paper documents. I used a notebook also when I began this hobby in 1994. However, after accumulating many documents, a notebook did not work for me. A few years ago, I discovered the Family Roots Organizer Video in my local public library. Later, I purchased my own copy of the video which I watch periodically.

The foundation of this filing system for genealogy papers is based on a color-coding system for the pedigree line. This method recommends using one of four colors for each of your four grandparents.

  • BLUE: Paternal Grandfather
  • GREEN: Paternal Grandmother
  • RED: Maternal Grandfather
  • YELLOW: Maternal Grandmother

  • I modified this filing system to suit my needs. I’m not sure why I didn’t use the exact colors for each grandparent that were suggested, however, the four-color method still works no matter what colors are used for each grandparent. I also choose to use color file folders for both ancestors and collateral family and green hanging folders for all families. I use highlighters on the hanging file folder tabs for each surname. I choose the following colors for each of my grandparents.

  • Minor: Maternal Grandfather (green)
  • Emma: Maternal Grandmother (red)
  • Mack: Paternal Grandfather (blue)
  • Hattie: Paternal Grandmother (yellow)

  • Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue colored file folders are included in the spring colors of an assorted box of folders. Orange is also included in the spring colors and I adopted this color for my growing collection of DNA related files. The fall colors of an assorted box of file folders includes Grey, Maroon, Royal, Teal, and Purple. From this box, I have chosen Purple folder for my files related to white families in my research who are either slave owners, suspected slave owners, or some other relations to my family such as employer, landlord, or neighbor. I use the remaining colors for personal files such as bills and other financial related files.

    Since using this color system for my ancestral files, I can now immediately indentify from a distance the category or grandparent to which each file belongs. By the way, this color filing system can also be used with notebooks, instead of file folders. Some genealogists use white notebooks and place a specific color cover and strip in spine for easy identification.

    For more information, visit the websites below:

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

    HTML to PDF Converter Website

    If you want to convert a website or blog to PDF format, you can use a HTML to PDF converter.  

    Blog Labels
    On my blog, I have numerous postings labeled Uncle Andrew Bullock which I wanted to print as one document to read and further analyze.  (Click here to read about how to create a blog label).  I clicked on the labels for the posting entitled "Locating New Records on the Military Service of Uncle Andrew Bullock" which was posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  

    Labels Beneath Blog Posting.

    Labels displayed on right side of my blog.  I renamed the Labels section “Topics” on my Find Your Folks blog.

    Paste URL
    The URL for the label “Uncle Andrew Bullock” is and I pasted it in the URL block on the webpage.

    Get PDF!
    Then I clicked “Get PDF!” and my blog postings about my Uncle Andrew Bullock were generated into one 18-page PDF file.

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

    Locating New Records on the Military Service of Uncle Andrew Bullock

    367th Regiment Infantry,
    The "Buffaloes", presented with colors. The "Buffaloes" singing the National Anthem, 1917 - ca. 1919,

    Once in a while, I search online genealogy sites such as to see if there are any new records available.  One way I do this is by clicking on the little leaf next to individual names in my Family Tree Maker genealogy file.  When I clicked on the leaf next to the name of my Great Grand Uncle Andrew Bullock, I discovered that new military records about him were available online.  

    Blog Series About Uncle Andy B.
    Perhaps, some of you may recall in 2010, the 12-part series I wrote on Uncle Andrew Bullock whom I affectionately call “Uncle Andy B.”  For those of you who either missed it or don’t remember, Uncle Andy B. was a brother of my great-grandmother Bell Bullock Johnson (1890-1982).  He left Vance County, North Carolina possibly in his teens (prior to 1917) and moved to New York and remained in that state until he died in 1972.  During interviews with family members and friends of the family, no one seemed to remember much about Uncle Andy B. since he left North Carolina at an early age.  In an attempt to learn more about this brother of my great-grandmother, I decided to analyze and write about the few documents I had collected on him. (click here.) 

    Locating New Record on Uncle Andy B.'s Military Career
    I found this new information about Uncle Andy B.’s military career from the “Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919” records on  

    This document above provided me with more detail on Uncle Andy B’s military service such as the start and end dates for his military in the United States Army (October 30, 1917 – March 10, 1919).  Prior to finding this document, I only knew the start date of his military service from his U. S. Veterans Gravesite record which was also found on some time ago. (Figure 3)

    In order to make sense of my research findings related to Uncle Andy B.’s military service during World War One, I created a timeline. 

    New Research Journey
    World War I research is a whole new research journey for me and I look forward to the ride.  Because of locating this new military record on my Uncle Andrew Bullock, study of World War I is now more meaningful to me as a researcher and as a family member of a man who served his country and participated in this significant world event.

    National Archives -St. Louis
    I am preparing for a trip to St. Louis later this month to speak at the conference of the St. Louis African American History and GenealogySociety (STL-AAHGS)  While there, I hope to be able to visit the St. Louis-National Archives in hopes of finding additional information on my Uncle Andy B. and his involvement in World War I. 

    They Came to Fight 
    To learn more about the history of the African American soldier during World War I, watch the video, “They Came to Fight”.