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, May 5, 2019

This Week On My Family History Calendar

May 5-May 11





Mary Baker Hudson
(1920-2010)

May 5~
   My paternal grandmother, Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010), would have been 99years old today.  She was born in Sumter County, South Carolina and was the daughter of Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964) and Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993). Mary was raised by her maternal grandparents, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940) and Martha Victoria (Bradford) Baker (1862-1947). 
Wish I could celebrate this birthday with you, Mimi. You are missed.


Headstone of Thomas Philip Roberts
(1830-1893)
Brown's Chapel Cemetery
Richland County, South Carolina

May 9~
  Thomas Philip Roberts (1830-1893), my maternal 3rd great grandfather died 126 years ago in Richland County, South Carolina.
He is buried in Brown's Chapel Cemetery in the same county. 


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: 
One thing I love is to discover a new record set.
This week while researching in the South Carolina Historical Society Archives in Charleston, South Carolina,  I did just that.
While looking through the catalog for possible collections that might help me with both client and personal research, I found Military Enlistment Records for the Civil War.
These documents are the actual form a soldier would fill out-or if he couldn't write have someone else do it for him.
The interesting thing about the document is that it asked for a description of the soldier, where he was born and how old he was at the time of enlistment.
Imagine if one of these was included for your ancestor! You would know what he looked like, where he was born and when.
The forms asked for specifics, so, if they were foreign born there is the county and the city or town.  If born in the U.S. then the state and city or town were recorded.
This collection includes a small portion of the men who enlisted from South Carolina, most from the Charleston area, North Carolina and Georgia.
Did I find something for my ancestors? No, but I was doing the happy dance as I read through this amazing collection and thought about the descendants who just might!



What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  


                                                                               

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!






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Sunday, April 28, 2019

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 28-May 4




April 28~
  Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), my paternal great great grandfather, was born on this day 162 years ago. He was born in Sumter County, South Carolina and was the son of Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) and Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865).


Arthur Wellington Baker
(1857-1940)

 My maternal great grandmother, Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980) would have been celebrating her 122nd birthday on this day. Beulah was born in Bath, Aiken, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-after 1922) and Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943).


Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts
(1897-1980)
57th Birthday-1954
©Cheri Hudson Passey



April 28~
 Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Jr. (1944-1999), my maternal uncle died 20 years ago on this day. He is buried in Quaker Cemetery in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina.

Gil Roberts, Jr.
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey




Interesting how events coincide with one another. Not only did these three happen on one day, but Gil Roberts died on his grandmother Beulah Mae (Price) Robert's birthday.


April 30~

 This day is the 270th birthday of my 5th great grandfather, John Dargan (1749-1817). He was most likely born in Sumter District, South Carolina. John's parents were John Dargan (1726-1766) and Catherine Ann (Singleton) Dargan (1729-abt. 1808).



May 3~
 The 105th anniversary of the marriage of my paternal great grandparents, John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) and Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson (1886-1918). John was 34 and Blanche was 28 when they married in Manning, Clarendon, South Carolina.


Marriage Announcement
John and Blanche Hudson
Manning Times (Manning, SC)
9 May 1914 




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: 
While researching for information on my great-great grandfather Bertrand Campbell Price, I discovered an announcement in the newspaper about a court case filed by his wife Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price. You see, Bessie's husband "Cam" had left home in September of 1922 with the family money and never returned. Ten years later,  she petitioned to have him cleared legally dead in order to obtain the money from his life insurance policy.
Many variations of what may have happened to Cam have circulated throughout the years, so I was excited to see if I could find a copy of the court record.
 There also was a question as to which of two brothers was Cam's father.  I had evidence of one, but a family narrative named another.

My happy dance this week was the delivery of the court file! 
The transcription of the testimony of both Bessie and her son George was included. 
Both claimed that Cam had left with $500 for the purpose of buying land in the country and never returned.  George said he saw his father get in a buggy to leave. 
When questioned about where Cam was to stay the night after he left, Bessie told the court he said if he didn't make it home that night he would stay in the home of his uncle.
The name of the uncle? Adam Price.  Adam is the man named in the family narrative as the father of Cam. Here we learn from Bessie that Adam was his uncle! 
Would Bessie know? Yes, he was alive and well at the time and Bessie knew him. 
She knew their relationship.   Adam was his uncle, not his father.
My suspicions of an error because of other documents found was correct!




What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Sunday, April 21, 2019

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.


Dad and grandson Josh



My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
It's been a couple of weeks since I have shared a Happy Dance moment. It's been a tough few weeks with my dad in the ICU and now in rehab. He is doing so much better but needs a few more weeks on an intravenous antibiotic before returning home.  My Happy Dance?
Living in a world with miraculous medical interventions and loving, supportive friends and family. 
I may not have had much time for research and writing.
My clients have been understanding of my needing to take some family time.
Deadlines and other commitments have been extended and completed when I had a few moments of downtime.
The time I have spent with my parents through this trial has been emotional and strengthened an already strong bond.
Sometimes our best learning and growth opportunities come through trials. 
Sometimes our happy dance moments are from making it through one more day.


What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review-Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir by Bernice Alexander Bennett



In Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir written by Bernice Alexander Bennett, the author shares her journey to discover the truthfulness of a family story told by her grandmother MaBecky.
At the age of 100, memories of hearing about land owned by her grandfather, Peter Clark, MaBecky  Peter, and his family with Bernice. The information she provided lit a spark that took her on a 15-year search to discover if the land was actually owned by Peter Clark and if so where it was located.





This easy and quick read shares the research plan, repositories consulted and results found.
Not only does Bernice show the way the looked for the property, but shares her emotions as each new piece was found, analyzed and conclusions reached.

From her discovery in the Family Bible to the that which was found in by using the Friends, Associates, and Neighbors (FAN) Club principle, Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir by Bernice Alexander Bennett shows research methodologies in practice and keeps the reader entertained by her talks and travels with her mother as she weaves the tale of finding her ancestor's land. 

Especially poignant is the arrival of Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans and it's impact on her story and
as we often find while researching, there are surprises and unexpected discoveries along the way.

Photos, copies of the documents, and newspaper articles are included to help visualize how Bernice worked to solve her research question to discover the truth about the land once owned by her ancestor.

A great read not only for family history enthusiasts but for those who enjoy a good story!

To learn more about Bernice's book watch my interview with her on GenFriends by clicking this link. She talks to me and shares some of her experiences after we discuss an episode of Relative Race. 




Disclaimer: No financial incentive was given to write this review. A free pdf version was provided for review purposes. 







Sunday, March 31, 2019

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: 



Helping people learn about their family and creating trees for them makes me so happy! This week, I was able to make a connection that brought a family together. One that had been apart for way too long! Because of the nature of the situation, I cannot give too many details but where one was lost, they now are reunited and are home again!  The circle is complete. This will have me dancing for a long time to come! 

What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

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                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

RootsTech 2019-A Special Conference

RootsTech 2019-Connect~Belong. 
A Special Conference




Another RootsTech Conference has come to an end and as usual, I have come home exhausted but at the same time energized and fulfilled. 

Why all the hype about this conference? 
Why so many posts on the various social media platforms?
It's simple. There is a feeling at RootsTech that is tangible and contagious.  
What can Family History do for us? Watch this short video:





Love~Memories~Trust~Understanding~Faith~Loss~Sorrow~Misunderstanding~Healing

Some of the emotions we discover and feel as we learn about and share our family stories.


Now don't get me wrong, there are other worthwhile educational experiences out there that can teach you how to research, connect with your family and other genealogists and I would recommend you attend as many as you can.




The purpose of this post is to explain why RootsTech is special in its own way. 

1-Keynote speakers from various walks of life share their thoughts on family and the importance of connecting with ancestors. Their stories are heartwarming, entertaining and start the day with excitement to spend the rest of the day learning and socializing with others who share the same passion.  Each of these special guests is presented with information on their ancestors. Imagine learning about who your people are in front of alive audience! 





The keynotes for each day of RootsTech 2019 and previous years can be watched using this link.
Listen as their stories touch your heart. 
What stands out to you? 
Did you hear something that motivates and strengthens your desire to find your family?

2-Classes for all levels. With over 300 classes offered this year, there was sure to be something for everyone! This was my first year speaking and I was amazed at the kindness showed me by the other instructors and the attendees who came to listen to what I had to share. Many of the classes were recorded and can be seen using this link.



3-Expo Hall-You probably heard how big the Expo Hall is at RootsTech, but unless you've been there it's hard to envision!  There were vendors from all over the genealogy world. You can visit your favorite companies, learn from classes taught in their booths, talk with those representing new products and that have been around for a while. Many of your favorite speakers also have their own booths. Books, jewelry, and apparel for the genealogist were also represented! 




4-Special Events-Two special events were planned this year.  A screening of the movie 
   Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes was held on Thursday night. 
An emotional evening as the story of Gina's unrelenting work in getting the memories of her 3rd great grandfather published. It is the first slave narrative in US History.



                                                                                                                                                                                                            



On Friday a treat as BYU Ballroom Team was joined by Derek Hough. 




He surprised the audience by coming down and taking questions from his fans. 
He even did a little dancing with them!




5-A team that cares. Honestly, there were some problems at RootsTech last year. Long lines and crowded classrooms had some feeling frustrated.  Comments and feedback were encouraged, read and addressed. With the help of easier check-in, bigger classrooms, and the RootsTech Crew none of these problems exited this year. The team behind RootsTech really cares about their attendees and wants each person to have the best experience possible. Kudos to for understanding the issues and resolving them!





RootsTech is an experience all unto itself. 
It is a feeling that is tangible. 
It is people learning, connecting, finding out they belong and understanding lives can be healed through their family history journey.

Before leaving for RootsTech, I posted my top 10 reasons for going. 
You can read it here. Did it meet up with my expectations? It did and more.

A truly special conference. 




Sunday, March 17, 2019

This Week on My Family History Calendar

March 17-March 23




March 19~
    Eliza (Brazell) Roberts (1836-1890), my maternal 3rd great grandmother, died 128 years ago in Richland County, South Carolina. She was buried in Brown's Chapel Cemetery, Richland County, South Carolina. She died just short of a week before her birthday which is also remembered on this post.

Eliza Brazell Roberts
Headstone
photo credit: Jim Hepler



March 22~

 This day would have been the 124 birthday of my paternal great grandfather, William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959).
 He was the son of George Phillip Roberts (1856-1930) and Hattie (Brazell) Roberts (1870-1927) and was born in Richland County, South Carolina. 


William Treadford Roberts
©Cheri Hudson Passey



Who are you remembering this week?

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Helping you climb your family tree,







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: 


 My daughters went with me yesterday to fulfill a request for headstones photos in a nearby cemetery. Now, you'd think that my happy dance was the fact that they went with me! And, to start with it was! But, there was a second event that kept the dance going.
Once home, I uploaded the photos and then checked my email.

Headstones of Benjamin Resse Gibson and wife Margaret Cantey Walker Gibson
Home Branch Cemetery, Paxton, Clarendon County, South Carolina
Photo Credit: William Norris

A distant cousin was visiting a cemetery where my 3rd great grandparents were buried and sent me a photo of their headstones! Wow! Genealogy Serendipity at work.
When we give, it always comes back. Maybe not as quickly as yesterday, but it will in time.


What is your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                  
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!





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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

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Helping you climb your family tree,