My First Hometown Visit….As a Family Historian

The first time I went to my hometown of Newport, Arkansas with the specific purpose of doing some genealogy research was in the spring of 2010.  Newport is where most of my memories had been made.  My father and his brother still lived there, so I went to Newport all the time.  But this was the first time…

Some People Collect Stamps….I Collect Funeral Programs

I have been researching my family’s ancestry for almost 5 years now.  I have spent long hours in front of my laptop searching on the internet.  I have also spent many hours in libraries and archives researching through books, newspapers, and historical society’s newsletters.  I have looked through census reports, land papers, and tax records. …

What My Genealogy Journey is Teaching Me

What I love about this journey I’m on is that I’m learning about myself as I research and learn about my family.  I’m learning life lessons along the way. I am learning patience through this research journey.  When I don’t find the information I need or want, I have learned to use different research techniques to find…

Don’t Be Intimidated…Just Start Researching

I must admit that when I first considered researching my family’s ancestry past my grandparents, I was a little intimidated for various reasons.  I am three generations removed from slavery.  Up until that point in our nation’s history, African-Americans were not considered humans.  We were considered property and as such no real records were kept with names until after the…

The Beginning…

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now, but I didn’t know where to start.  I’ve been researching my family’s ancestry for over five years now.  My research took a turn about two years ago.  It was at that point when my research became more serious and less of a hobby.  It was then I decided that…