When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.



My Happy Dance Moment for this week:


The Legacy Family Tree Webinar Friday announcement had me doing that dance this week!  I am so honored to have begun this series of webinars for such a great platform.
To be in the company of all the many great speakers in the genealogy world is very humbling!  I'm still pinching myself and probably won't stop dancing for a while!





What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Friday, December 21, 2018

Blog Caroling 2018~Feliz Navidad Mimi!


My family moved to Albuquerque, Nm when I was 16. My dad was assigned to the Air Force base there. One Christmas my paternal grandmother,  Mary (Baker) Hudson came to visit.
Every time we turned on the radio, Feliz Navidad sung by Jose Feliciano was on! 
I remember how much fun she had trying to sing that song. For years afterward, she would great me with Feliz Navidad

Mary "Mimi" (Baker) Hudson 


This year, my contribution to Blog Caroling, a yearly event from footnoteMaven  pays tribute to that memory of her.

Feliz Navidad,  Mimi. Wish we could spend one more Christmas together!





What songs bring back Christmas memories for you?



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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Christmas Card from Pop

This post was written using this week's blog prompt "Nice" from Amy Johnson Crow's series 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  




 I loved finding this Christmas card from my grandfather Benjamin Allen Hudson
 (1918-1976) who we called "Pop" to my grandmother Mary (Baker) Hudson. 
It was in a trunk in her bedroom where she kept her treasures. 








Nice he gave it.
Nice she kept it.
Nice I found and can share it.

Merry Christmas Mimi and Pop! Wish we could share another together!


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

This Week On My Family History Calendar


December 16-December 22





December 18~
    My paternal 3rd great grandfather, Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882), died 136
years ago in Sardis, Darlington, South Carolina. He is buried in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Sardis, Florence, South Carolina.


Ezra Ashby Hudson
Headstone
Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery
Sardis, Florence, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Mary  Elizabeth Stafford Dority (Abt. 1843-1930), my maternal great great Grandmother died 88 years ago of heart disease in Sumter County, South Carolina. She is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth (Stafford) Dority
Seated in chair on porch
©Cheri Hudson Passey




Who are you remembering this week?


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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.



My Happy Dance Moment for this week:

This arrived in the mail! 
I can't say enough about this class. From the instructors to the cases and all the classmates in between, I learned so much about research tactics, the holes in my skill set and how to tackle hard research problems. Would I take it again? Yes! And if it's offered again, I will! 
Yep! I'm dancing!



What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~Santa and Me







Santa and me. Bermuda 1966
©Cheri Hudson Passey


I have been told I was afraid of Santa, but apparently not in this photo!

Do you have pictures of you with Santa? I'd love to see them!




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Sunday, December 9, 2018

This Week On My Family HiIstory Calendar

December 9-December 15






Dec. 10~
 My paternal 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865) was born 192 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina. Mary was the daughter of Ludolphus Jones and Mary Elizabeth Chandler.


Dec. 12~
  William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Frances Virginia McRady (1856-1903) my maternal 2nd great-grandparents were married 146 years ago. William was 18 and Fannie 16 when they were married in Sumter County, South Carolina. 

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebraton Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.




My Happy Dance Moment for this week:
Most of you know how much I enjoy watching Relative Race. We talked about each episode on GenFriends, a genealogy chat show I host. This week we had the pleasure of welcoming #TeamBlack Joe and Jerica and the cousins they met in episode 4, Marti and Shannon.  
What an experience! Joe and Jerica were just as gracious and fun speaking to us as they were on the show. Marti and Shannon were able to share the side we don't see. They explained how it felt to have two complete strangers show up on their doorstep and the immediate connection they felt. 
Meeting the four of them on GenFriends had me doing the happy dance! 

Here's the video if you want to watch the fun and do the happy dance too!





What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  


                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!






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Friday, December 7, 2018

Friend of Friends Friday~Releasing Pomphrey







On October 13, 1787, in Monk's Corner, St. John's Parish, South Carolina, John Ryan sold a slave named Pomphrey to Lawrence Campbell, Archibald Campbell, and David Benson of Charleston.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History, “Bills Of Sale, 1773-1843” database, Fold3 (http://Fold3.com accessed 05 Dec. 2018), entry for John Ryan, volume 2Q, pg. 590 (1778)



May Pomphrey be found and connected with his descendants.

Have you discovered the records of the enslaved while researching?

Please consider sharing the documents and transcribing their names so they may be remembered.

This post will be shared with the Slave Name Roll Project. 

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

This Week On My Family History Calendar

December 1-December 8




December 2~
  John Milton Dargan (1799-1847), my paternal 4th great grandfather would be celebrating his 219th birthday on this day.
John was the son of  John Dargan (1749-1817) and Mary Strother (1772-1822) and may have been born in Sumter District, South Carolina.

December 5~

     Mary Christine Williams Sullivan (1896-1930), my maternal step great grandmother, was born 122 years ago in Kershaw County, South Carolina.
Christine was the daughter of James Lewis Williams ( 1873-1937) and Lizzie Pettigrew (died before 1900).


Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan
(1921-2009)
© Cheri Hudson Passey




December 6~
  My maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) would have been 97 years old on this day. 
Azile was born in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina to Manning David Daughrity,  Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta McManus (1894-1936).
Miss you so much, Grandmom! Happy Birthday!

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.






My Happy Dance Moment for this week:
Don't you just love it when you find a document helping you to find a woman's family?\
It can be difficult to locate a woman's maiden name and her parents.
Much of the problem comes from a woman not having a voice. She was often thought of as inferior to the men in her life and records left her nameless or as Mrs. Somebody.
So, you can be sure that when I found a will this week who listed the man's sisters and brothers, I started doing that dance!
In this case, I know the maiden name but have no idea who her father is. That's where the mention of her -as a married woman assuring me it was my person-is so fantastic! 
From this will, I know the names of several of her siblings. A start of her pre-marriage family unit! 
These clues may lead me to the parents and back another generation.
Yep, I'm dancing!

What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Thursday, November 29, 2018

RootsTech 2019-There's An App for That!



RootsTech 2019 is just around the corner! 
Held annualy in Salt Lake City, Utah, the dates for 2019 are Feb. 27-Mar. 2. 
It's the world's biggest genealogy conference!


Screen Shot of the RootstTech 2019 App Dashboard


Preparing to go includes planning your schedule of classes, events you want to attend, which vendors are a must to visit in the Expo Hall and connecting with friends.

RootsTech has an app to help you do all that and more!

Downloading to your phone or tablet is free and easy. To find the link for either the ios or android app scroll down to the bottom of this page. If you already have the app from a previous year, open it and click on the RootsTech 2019 button to update.


First set, up your personal profile by clicking on the three lines on the top left. Add a photo so you can be recognized, social media accounts and other information to encourage people to find you.

Friend requests can also be sent from your profile page. "Friending" people on the app helps to make connections throughout the conference. You can send messages right from the app. 

Who's speaking? Clicking on the Speaker's link will give you an alphabetical list of all those who are presenting classes and workshops. Look through and see who you may want to hear speak.



Screenshot of My Speaker Profile

Are your friends coming? From the Attendee list, you can see if friends you've already met or friends you've only seen online are coming.  From time to time I discover someone I haven't seen in years is on the list and we make plans to connect. 


Screenshot of RootstTech Schedule for Part of Wednesday


The Conference Schedule is available on the app. Take some time to go through each day's offerings and star the ones you are interested in.

You should choose a second or even a third choice as some classes fill up quickly, and you may not be able to get in.  You will notice several options included with the session information, You can share it with friends attending so they can join you, take notes, star it for your favorites list and adding to your schedule.  An icon resembling a clipboard is also included. You will be encouraged to rate the class afterward.  Remember to be kind! It takes a lot of work to put together a presentation for an event like RootsTech!

As you star your preferences through the Conference Schedule button, your choices are automatically added to "My Calendar."  All through RootsTech, you will receive announcements on the Dashboard letting you know what you had planned to do next. This is invaluable as it keeps you from having to keep looking up your plan for the day!

Having lunch with a friend, or setting aside time for the vendor hall? You can manually add items to your schedule too. These items will also be shown on your dashboard. 
Remember, your choices are not set in stone, making a plan can help you not miss what's really important to you, but be flexible! You may hear of a class you weren't aware would be something you would like to take or decide to take a needed break.

Like taking notes on your device? The My Notes option will allow you to do it from the app. It's another option from the notes icon on the session information. You will be able to send your notes via email if you would like.  A search bar is also available. 


Screenshot from the beginning of the Vendor list for RootsTech 2019

Wondering which vendors will be in the Expo Hall? The Exhibitors link will take you to a list you can either search scroll through. If you see one that's a must visit, click on the star next to it. Doing so will add them to the My Favorites link.  Anything you star whether it be a person, class or vendor will show up in the favorites list. 


Social Media is big at RootsTech. To keep informed of what is going on with the conference or other attendees, make sure you go to the link and sign into your twitter and facebook accounts. Then all you have to do is keep checking in right from the app to see what's happening! 


Show Pulse and What's On Now will also keep you updated on any changes and events happening, so you don't miss a thing.


The dashboard is full of links and settings to explore.

Click around the app to discover how each can be used to make this your best conference ever!

A tip? Make sure you use the refresh button to get the most recent information on the app.

The RootsTech 2019 app is full of helpful tools to keep you organized and in the know during the conference. 

Will you be going? Send me a friend request through the app and let's plan a time to meet! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Helping you climb your family tree,




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.







My Happy Dance Moment for this week:
 I did it! I completed the 5 cases for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Virtual Practicum!
What a powerful learning experience! Never heard about it? Well, let me tell you, it's a fabulous way to test and broaden your genealogy skills. For 5 weeks, participants receive a new case and have til the end of the week to submit their summary reports It was all done online via Zoom meetings.
We had military, locating family members land, DNA, and same-named people cases. Each took at least 10 hours to solve and sometimes more!
Would I do it again? You bet! Diving into real live cases and then meeting to see how others worked through the cases was so helpful. I could see where my strengths and weaknesses are. 
I will be a better genealogist from the lessons learned.  I did it! I completed the practicum nd I am doing the happy dance!!
What has been the best genealogy learning experience you've had?

What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  


                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!






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Helping you climb your family tree,