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Strange Names


I’ve always been intrigued by both my mother’s and father’s names. My father was from Palatka, Fl and was born in 1928. I don’t know how unusual it was at that time or that place but his grandfather had two … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

A Liar


“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” ~Asad Sheikh I don’t know about you, but I used to lie. I used to lie a lot. … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

The Ground on Which I Stand

rita wiltz

The Ground On Which I Stand is a story of a rural African American community in Texas north of Houston, in Conroe Texas. My name is Rita Wiltz. It is on exhibit at the Sleepy Hollow Multipurpose Building at non … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s a small world

Amanda Cooper-Smith

I started doing my family tree awhile ago and I hit a wall. So I decided that I would start my husband’s tree and I really hit a wall. As I was researching, I came across the show and loved … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Confederate Drummer Boy

Eric Borgman

My great great grandfather was Frank Wecker he was born in Germany in about 1847 or 1848. He and his family immigrated via New York on June 10, 1850. They located themselves in Murray Co., Georgia and were living there on August 31, 1850. But his father George decided to move the family to Louisville, Kentucky where there was a large German population. However, after the Bloody Monday rioting of August 6, 1855 against Catholics, Germans and Irish in Louisville, George Wecker packed his family up and moved them down river to Owensboro, Kentucky. Continue reading ...

September 10, 2013 | Leave a comment

finding who we are

Mary Floyd

I come many generations of European people who fought their way to come to our country and who prospered. One part of my family (the O'Neils) came here when the father passed and his wife loaded 8 children up ,herself and 2 cousins and came to LA. only to find out they had been swindled. Continue reading ...

July 31, 2013 | Leave a comment

The Publc Library Validates A Family’s Oral History

Renee Barnett Webster

Maisonette Barnett Walton, born December 8, 1886, was our family’s matriarch. With dark gray hair and standing six foot tall and wearing size 13 ladies shoes, her appearance suited her role within the family . Maizie did not marry until she was over 40 years and did not have children of her own, therefore, her nephews and their families became her surrogate children and grandchildren. Despite her formidable appearance Maizie had an amazing sense of humor and enjoyed hearing or telling a good joke. She was an excellent story teller. As a result she would tell tales of the family and their history dating back to the 19th century . As a Barnett by marriage and a lover of history, my mother would try to capture Maizie’s family histories and develop a family tree, long before it became in vogue. Continue reading ...

July 19, 2013 | Leave a comment

My family

Heather Weiberg

Ever since I was about 12 years old, I have always been interested in my family tree. I have come across some names and have been stuck on some ancestors. Continue reading ...

November 6, 2012 | Leave a comment

Calvert Family (Lord Baltimore)

Clinton Parker Pipkin

Last week my father was provided with information that was both startling and exhilarating our family. Continue reading ...

November 6, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thank you

Teresa Mascali

Just to share who I my family I tend to be the genealogy keeper, so , here goes...we are mostly Irish..mixed with a bit of German, and a dusting of English... Continue reading ...

October 15, 2012 | Leave a comment

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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