Friday, July 7, 2017

Vintage Postcards

Family history is always around us. I found these postcards from the 1950's and 1960's sent by my aunt and grandmother. And check out the postage! :-D I shared these with my aunt and she said she had forgotten all about this trip. I'm still puzzled about the postcard from my grandmother, because from all accounts she only traveled once in her life - to Georgia! Apparently she didn't like to go anywhere outside of her neighborhood. #MadamAncestry #FamilyFriday #familyhistory #1950s #1960s #vintage #postcards #travel #memories

Friday, June 23, 2017

Judge Reah Whitehead

Aspen Genealogy asked me to share this info! Here are the details I've been provided: (Front and back) it's a photo of Judge Reah Whitehead, b. abt 1898 in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Seattle where she lived for about 35 years. She never married, had no children and as I can tell had no siblings. I'd love to find a descendent of her parents who would like this photo, which I found at a flea market in Texas, of all places  If we can't find a family member then I'll likely donate it to the Seattle historical society. Thanks for any assistance!

So let's get to work #genfriends! If you have information that could help connect descendants with this photo postcard, please contact Aspen Genealogy.

#MadamAncestry #FamilyFriday #AspenGenealogy #WHITEHEAD #ancestors #photo #postcard #familyhistory

Friday, March 3, 2017

C is for...Cite your sources! - ABC Genealogy Challenge Day 3!

C is for...Cite your sources! OK, I'll admit that this probably the most not so fun part of genealogy, but it is a necessary step. It's kind of like enjoying a feast and then having to wash the dishes - nobody wants to wash the dishes, but it has to be done! Why Cite your sources? Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. It helps you organize your research so you do not duplicate work 
  2. It lends credibility to the information you provide (so people will know you didn't just make this stuff up!)
  3. It provides a path to follow for anyone else reviewing or continuing your research

Check out these great examples from Ancestral Findings on how to Cite sources!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

B is for...Boolean Search! - ABC Genealogy Challenge Day 2!

B is for...Boolean Search! It does sound kind of funny and I'm sure somebody out there is probably wondering "What in the world does that mean?" I'll tell you! A Boolean Search is quite helpful for online research as it helps to better define results when you combine keywords and modifiers for your search such as AND, NOT, and OR. I also like this funny term because it reminds me of "Booyah" which is what I usually holler out after I find a record! :-D

Try this search method and see what interesting results you may come up with!

#BooleanSearch #Booyah

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A is for...Ancestor! - ABC Genealogy Challenge Day 1!

A is for...Ancestor! The definition of Ancestor is "a person from whom one is descended; forbear; progenitor". An Ancestor is usually the starting point of one's family history journey. There is something about that Ancestor that we long to know and long to connect with - a name; a major life event; or some similarity we find intriguing. Finding an Ancestor can offer so much! For some, it can offer closure and for others it can offer a whole new identity - the possibilities are endless!

So if you've been wanting to begin your family history journey, pick one Ancestor of interest and begin there!


Friday, February 24, 2017

The Delany Sisters

(Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany - L & Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany - R)

Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany (1889-1999) and Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany (1891-1995) - "The Delany Sisters" are credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the world's oldest authors at ages 103 and 105 in 1994.They co-authored two books, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years and The Delany Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom. After Bessie's passing, Sadie authored a third book, On My Own At 107: Reflections on Life Without Bessie. Prior to their work as authors, Sadie was a schoolteacher until retirement, and Bessie was dentist - being the second African-American woman to become licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York. The sisters were the second and third eldest of ten children. Their mother, Nanny Logan Delany, was an educator; and their father, Henry Beard Delany, was born into slavery and later became the first African-American to be elected Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States.