My Thursday at RootsTech

Today at RootsTech was all about the Expo Hall and interviewing Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York. Here are the highlights!     DISCLAIMER: I am a RootsTech2018 Ambassador. One of my responsibilities as an Ambassador is to promote the RootsTech 2018 conference before, during and after. In return for promotion, I have received a free pass to the RootsTech2018 conference. Airfare, accommodations and other expenses are not compensated. I’ll be recounting in this blog my experience before, during and after the conference.

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“FAVORITE NAME” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

In 1926, Mrs. G. J. Wilkins of Atlanta Georgia wrote to the Office of Indian Affairs, “My great-grandfather on my father’s side was a full-blooded Indian with tribal relations with the Cherokees of Georgia.” Mrs. Wilkins was referring to Abraham Helton, known by his family as Young Chicken Chetiganete. He was born in 1843. He is also my 5th great-grandfather. Finding Native American ancestors is a boom for genealogists. It can be difficult to prove on paper.  It can be more difficult to prove in your DNA…even if you have the paperwork to prove it. I vaguely recall my grandmother…

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Jeanette and Merah : A Photo Story

#RootsTech is running a Photo Story Competition and I feel like I could fill up my blog with past and present photos. I’ll be sharing more, but here is one. My grandmother, Jeanette, always compared herself to her older sister, Merah. She wrote in her journal, “Merah was small and dainty and I was chubby and plain looking. Mother used to dress us up alike and some thought we were twins. But Merah was stylish and pretty like our mother.” When I look at this photo I see two sisters. Their closeness and love for each other is obvious. That’s my grandmother on…

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