What is Wordless Wednesday?

I first saw a Wordless Wednesday post a couple of years ago on a blog that I subscribe to. It was a photo of children in front of a car. It was a black and white photo from around the 1940s. The caption under the photo simple read ‘our family’s first car’. Seeing that photo…

2021 Genealogy Goals

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is finally over. 2020 was a difficult year for so many reasons. I’m sure most of us have been impacted by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. 2020 was difficult for me and my family because my father died this past November. Because of everything going on in the world…

The Grieving Genealogist

On Friday, November 13, 2020, my father, Wayman Allen Mays, passed away after a hard fought 12 year battle with colon cancer. Over the past 12 years, I was with him through several surgeries, radiation treatments, and countless amounts of chemotherapy. He never really talked about his cancer or complained about what he was going…

October is Family History Month

Family history has always been important to me. I remember sitting and listening to my grandmothers talk with their friends, going to my grandmother’s OES and church meetings, and going through old photos and school yearbooks when I was young. I remember my parents and their friends talking about their high school W.F. Branch and…

RootsTech Connect 2021

RootsTech 2021 is going to look very different from past conferences, and conference dates have changed to February 25-27, 2021. Family Search announced that RootsTech 2021 will be a FREE virtual online event. That’s right you read that right, I said FREE (registration is still required). Family Search International CEO, Steve Rockwood said “this pandemic…

Going to a Research Center During COVID-19

It’s been a while since I have written a blog post. To say that the world and life kind of got in the way would be an understatement. I was still riding high from my trip to RootsTech 2020, where I was an ambassador, when the world shut down mid March due to COVID-19. Everything…