Genealogy. It’s Like Herding Cats

With just five days to go before I get on a plane and head to Salt Lake City and RootsTech , I’ve been making lists, starting to pack and getting my workshops and schedule in shape. It’s all fun…but a little stressful after a long day at work. This video was the comic relief I needed this morning! I laughed through the whole thing.  A good friend sent it to me. She knows about this blog and has dropped in from time to time. “Is this what it is really like trying to track down your ancestors?” she asked me. It sure…

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My top 4 things I can’t live without at #RootsTech

This is my third year going to RootsTech in Salt Lake City, so I feel like I have a pretty good handle on the overall experience. But this is my first time as an Official Ambassador, which is a thrilling addition and requires some extra planning.  Part of what I’m expected to do as an Ambassador is to promote what I’m seeing and build excitement about the conference overall. So I need to have a solid plan of what my days are going to be spent doing. Today I went over which workshops I wanted to try to attend. And…

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“Valentine” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

My mother used to like to kid with me and tell me that Valentine’s Day 1965 was the worst Valentine’s Day of her life. Mom was heavily pregnant with me, her fifth child. She had horrible lower back pain. Her ankles were swollen. She had constant heartburn. She hadn’t slept well in weeks.  I was digging into her ribs and not particularly in any rush to make an appearance since I was several days late already. Mom said having a baby at age 37 was a lot different from when she had my oldest brother, Chuck, at age 24. February…

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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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