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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

GenFriends-Season 6: Day 8! Families Reunited and Saying Goodbye to Team Black

Day 8 of Relative Race was a big box of tissue episode!
This week on GenFriends, Cheri and the panel, Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Kathryn Lake Hogan, and Shelley Murphy discuss the Golden Ticket allowed Team Black's JD to meet more family and the emotions of the remaining teams as they raced to meet those waiting behind the door for them.

On Day 7, Team Black received their third strike and were out of the race, but thanks to the "Golden Ticket" given to each team, they were able to meet one more relative on Day 8.
J.D. met his Aunt Linda, his father's sister. It was a warm and emotional meeting as Linda welcomed him into the family and shared a photo album she had put together with pictures of her brother Steven. The resemblance between J.D. and his father hit everyone hard. J.D. remarked that he looked at a photo and said, "I don't remember taking that" because it looked just like him when he was a child. Tears flowed as Linda told stories about Steven and then took Team Black to the cemetery sh J.D. could see where his biological father was buried.  He remarked that this was not closure, but the first step in his new life with his new family.

The Teams received a text from Team Black saying:
We are a  little bit GREEN with envy,  a little bit BLUE with sadness, and a lot of RED with love with you all!

We will miss Team Black in the race but are so grateful for the examples they have been on the show and their willingness to allow us to go on this journey with them!

Team Blue started the day preparing for the adventure to come when they discovered a map was missing! Turns out, their relative's dog had been chewing on it! lol!
Luckily, it turned out they didn't need to map to get to their nest location!

Before Team Red left from Ray's brother's home. Lemont helped Ray add the last two names on his pedigree chart.  After receiving the blank chart on Day 2, it was finally filled in.

DeShae says goodbye to her biological father and receives a letter from him sharing his love and support. It must have been so hard for Team Greem to leave but a new relative awaits!

The Challenge on Day 8 was "We Think NSYNC". Each team heard a phrase and had to write on a tablet the end of the phrase and see if they matched! Hilarious!
Some examples:
My Name is ______________.  Ray wrote "John"! Who's John??
Fly in the ______________.   Anitra wrote "cheese"! lol!
Batten Down the _________. Nicole wrote "ball" hahaha!

After 10 correct matches, they were off to meet their relatives.

Anitra met her Uncle Kevin, her mother's brother. He was so happy to meet her and felt as though he had a piece of his sister with him again. He shared photos and mementos from her life. He gave Anitra a shirt that once belonged to her mother and a photo of her parents together. She felt it make them more real to her.

Nicole met her first relative on the race! Her paternal cousin was able to share photos of her father she had never seen before and tell her about her paternal grandparents and other relatives.

When DeShae went up to the door to meet the woman waiting for her, we all were waiting in anticipation of the words she said. " I am your mother".  Wow! The look on DeShae's face was priceless as she was able to meet the woman who's name she only had on a baby bracelet.
Debbie was able to share the story of why she gave DeSahe up for adoption and in turn, DeShae was able to thank her for her choice. To top it all off, it was Debbie's birthday!
Tears for Team Green and for all who watched!

Again, the Skype call as all the teams met with Dan at the end of the day was emotional. They expressed how much they missed Team Black and shared their new relatives with each other. Again, they showed how close they have become throughout the race and how much they support one another.

The results were in and we were all hoping Team Red would not recieve their third strike.

Coming in first and winning the Day 9 benifit of having another team pull over for 5 minutes was
Team Greem! This assures them they will make it to Day 10!
Second place went to Team Red, keeping them in the race another day
And Team Blue came in third giving them their second strike.
All three teams will go to Day 9!

Team Back left this message for each of the teams:
" If in our last moments we can share something with the other reams, we really hope you get everything you want out of this -every single thing, and if not, we want to be there to help, waiting in the wings to fill in those holes that didn't get filled on this journey.
We love you, fast friends, chosen family"

Click to watch as Melissa, Bernice, Kathryn. Shelley and I discuss the show!

Did you know that Team Blue-Paul and Anitra are doing a Podcast called 
"After the Race" that comes out on Wednesdays?
We never can get enough Relative Race!
Here's the link!

Contact our panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives
Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots.com
Kathryn Lake Hogan-Looking 4 AncestorsMary Kircher Roddy -MKR Genealogy
Shelley Murphy-Family Tree Girl
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

We'd love to hear your thoughts about Days 8!
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Sunday, November 10, 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: 
Actually, my happy dance moment for the past several weeks was the opportunity to attend RootsTech London!
People ask me how my trip was and all I can say is "magical"!
From attending the inaugural conference in London,  talking to Donny (yes, he held my hand for a few brief moments, lol), visiting all the tourist sights in London and Paris to visiting two homes in Ipswich and Woodbridge where I lived while my dad was serving at the American Air Force Base nearby it was a dream trip!
It's been a week since I returned and with it came a cold and jetlag so I have been slow in getting posts about my experiences out. 
Hopefully, I will start reporting on RootsTech London next week and start getting everyone excited about RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake!

Did you attend RootsTech London?
What was your favorite part?

What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

GenFriends: Relative Race-Days 6 & 7 Plus Bonus Interview with Dan!

After taking a week off due to Cheri traveling to London for RootsTech GenFriends is back to catch up with Days 6 and 7. While there, Cheri was able to connect with Dan and find out what's ahead for Relative Race! 

Day 6 finds Team Green leaving from the home of Chris's cousin. She gifts DeShae with a ring that says "Wherever life takes us, we go together".  DeShae assures her that they will keep in touch and help her find her biological family.

Anitra from Team Blue receives a drawing that compiles photos of her mother, father, sister and herself to create a family portrait. This is the first time Anitra has seen a photo of her father! She also learns his name is Micheal.

Team Red Nicole and Ray are determined to work hard to not receive their third strike while Team Black struggles with an accident closing the road that would get them to their destination quicker.

The teams are told that there is something special in their cars on Day 6.  Each team receives a "Golden Ticket" that enables them to visit one more relative in the event they strikeout. A very special bonus for the teams this year!

"Flix and Pix", the challenge for Day 6. was a series of emojis representing a movie title. The teams had to look at the emojis and guess the movie! DeShae proclaimed herself "The Emoji Queen" while J.D confessed that he had never used an emoji! In fact, he said he couldn't understand why an adult would send an emoji to another adult! Too funny!

Anitra was greeted by her grandmother's sister and told the story of her birth.  At the age of 17, her mother gave birth to her at home. Knowing she wasn't able to take care of her second child in a year, Anitra's biological mother called 911 and surrendered Anitra.  Then Anitra was asked if she would like to visit her mother's grave.  An emotional visit followed that allowed Anitra to tell her mother she was grateful for her choice to give her up and thank her for the life her adoption provided for her.  

Team Black's journey to find their relative was hampered by rain that stopped them from being able to drive on muddy roads. They were met by a person who drove them in his truck to where family members were camped. J.D. was introduced to his maternal grandmother's brother and many cousins. They helped him get to know his father and grandmother through the stories they shared.

Ray met a paternal cousin who was able to help him add more names to his pedigree chart. This time it was the names of his great grandparents. He was shown census records from 1920 and 1930 that showed him entire family units.

DeShae was curious as to whether or not the "Debbie" on her baby bracelet referred to the sister of the uncles she had met and if she was her aunt or her mother. Arriving at her relative's home, DeShae was introduced to her Aunt Deborah. Another name from her list to cross off as she looks for her biological parents. With Debbie being her Aunt and not her mother, she realizes that her connection to the Love family is trough her father. But which of the two brothers left is her father? Debbie didn't know for sure.

The benefit for the winner for Day 6 was immunity for Day 7.
The results were:
1sr-Team Blue
2nd-Team Red
3rd-Team Blue
4th-Team Black gets their second strike

Always the gentleman, J.D. says if it helped Team Red stay in the race for another day, they will gladly take the strike.

Day 7 was by far the most emotional day thus far on Season 6.

With Team Blue having immunity, they were able to take some time to test Anitra's mapping skills! Paul ended up driving around in circles for 20 minutes!!

Aunt Debbie gave DeShae an heirloom heart to take with her on her journey.

With the pressure of having two strikes, Team Red prepares for Day 7 by mapping out the various routes out of the city.
Team Black heads out of the campground realizing they would be passing close to their home on the way to their destination.

Day 7's Challenge "Animal Antics" was a charade like game where the teams had to act out an animal with a description such as "Snobby Lion" and Crazy Dolphin".  Hysterical!

Once the teams guessed 5 correctly they were on to their relative's homes.

Anitra learned more about her father from her first cousin. She shared the scroll given to her on by her cousin Andre and was able to add her own name to it.

When DeShae asked who her relative was, she was told, "I am your father!".  Finally! She met Mike her biological father and she was able to meet 91-year-old Grand Mary! DeShae was also told she has a 1/2 sister. So many tears were shed as the long-awaited answers to her questions about her biological family were being answered!

Jenn met a 3rd cousin on her mother's side who was able to share photos of great grandparents.

The minute Ray got out of the car and saw who was waiting for him, he knew, and so did the viewers. It was his brother Lamont waiting for him! Again the tears were flowing as the brothers met for the first time. Lamont told Ray he did not know about him.  He was able to share that he felt their mother did not want to disappoint her parents by having another baby and made the choice to give him up for adoption. Ray also discovered that he and Lamont had different fathers. He had always thought they shared a father as well as a mother.  A trip to the cemetery to see his mother's grave almost did us all in! The emotion was raw as Ray apologized to his mother for his anger over the adoption.

Day 7 was a large box of tissue episode!!

The results didn't help.

Coming in first place with the reward of 5 minutes of GPS on Day 8 was
Team Green!
Team Red came in second
And sadly Team Black was last and received their third strike sending them out of the race.
They do however have their Golden Ticket which will allow them to visit one last relative.
Had Team Blue not had immunity they would have been in last place, although they probably would have traveled much faster than they did and not practiced Antira's map skills!

J.D. and Jenn will be missed!!  We thank then for allowing us to join them on their journey and hope that J.D. will be able to find out more about his father and connect with others in his paternal line.

Watch as Melissa Barker, Kathryn Lake Hogan, Mary Kircher Roddy join the panel to talk about Days 7 & 8 and then see the interview Cheri had with Dan at RootsTech London!

Did you know that Team Blue-Paul and Anitra are doing a Podcast called 
"After the Race" that comes out on Wednesdays?
We never can get enough Relative Race!
Here's the link!

Contact our panelists:

Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives
Kathryn Lake Hogan-Looking 4 AncestorsMary Kircher Roddy -MKR Genealogy
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

We'd love to hear your thoughts about Days 6 & 7!
Didn't get to see it or want to watch again?
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