2013-10-08 • Reunion & Research
daviss: Hi there dcooke!
dcooke: Hi there!
daviss: How's it going?
dcooke: Things are great. How are you doing?
daviss: so so in my old age :?
daviss: Any new finds for you?
dcooke: Actually, yes! I went to a family reunion for my mother's GGG-Grandfather's descendants this summer. I found the family on Ancestry.com.
daviss: Wow, thats great!!
dcooke: I had already done all the research and spoken to them on the phone, so the reunion was a little non-monumental for me, but my mom really enjoyed herself.
daviss: Where was the reunion held?
dcooke: In Jefferson, TX.
daviss: Jefferson is close to the gulf isn't it?
dcooke: It was the family's 100th reunion, so they were trying to bring in descendants from all of his children. He had a TON of children. Jefferson is in East TX. Close to Wiley College.
daviss: ok thats right..slapping my hand what was the surname
daviss: My family is from Marshall
dcooke: That's right!
daviss: heyyy alt!
alt: Hello daviss & dcooke. how are you both doing today?
dcooke: We're great! How are you?
daviss: hello there vkn!
vkn: Good day alt daviss dcooke
alt: hello vkn
dcooke: The highlight of trip for me was meeting a researcher named George. He has done a lot of research about Black families from East TX.
vkn: Great "Lucky" blog Daviss
daviss: would love to connect with ya'll dcooke firstname.lastname@example.org
alt: hello Selma
daviss: thanks vkn hello Selma
Selma: Good afternoon alt, daviss, dcooke, and vkn
vkn: Great response to "Daviss Lucky blog", Alt
alt: yes daviss, Great "Lucky" Blog.... as ususal
dcooke: His trees on Ancestry have links to both sides of my family. It was pretty exciting to talk to him. My mom also found people who knew about her paternal side and some distant relatives who are still in the area.
daviss: thanks alt
Selma: Yes..it was great daviss...my little comment inspired a great blog
alt: that sounds as if your Mom had a great experience at the Reunion dcooke. Congrats!!!!!!
dcooke: Do you all have any book recommendations for a book club to read about genealogy? It could be a novel based on history, a non-fiction book based on a certain family, etc.
vkn: Selma you turned the faucet on for a great "lucky blog" from daviss. Thanx a ton lol
daviss: I am trying to think dcooke. I have been to Jefferson as a kid lol Selma thanks much
vkn: dcooke thanx for sharing your research with us
alt: dcooke, there are many "current' book recommendations posted on the Our Black Ancestry Facebook page... as well as the AfriGeneas Books Forum.
dcooke: Jefferson reminded me of Natchez, MS. Lots of old history there. Seated next to the water. Lots of antique shops and old historic buildings. Apparently there was a lot of money there before the Civil War.
Selma: Jeez I forgot all about the Genealogy Roadshow last night Maybe Mell Colliers book
dcooke: Thanks alt!
vkn: The roadshow comes on here at 10PM eastern
dcooke: I don't know if I've "liked" that page.
alt: prior to the Civil War Natchez was the wealthiest per capita city (area) in the nation.
dcooke: I know. I've been there and done many of the tours.
alt: I see dcooke, I was responding to your "Apparently there was a lot of money there before the Civil War" statement.
dcooke: Apparently a lot of that money came from the Northeast. One thing I read suggested that Natchez was like the Hamptons, it was a city where all rich people had a home.
vkn: dcooke post your email to the screen [it will be deleted] and I will mail you a book list]
daviss: Don't forget The Warmth Of Other Suns
dcooke: We've already read The Warmth. That's what got them wanting one about ancestry. Two of us already dabble in family history, and the others want to try it out.
vkn: Also "Invisible Lines", dcooke
daviss: Cane River
dcooke: I loved Cane River! I forgot about that book.
alt: on the Hist & Gen Forum today I've connected with a "cousin" of my wife who is researching her Male/Dalton family lines from the VA/WV area from the early 1800's.
daviss: Nice, alt!!!
alt: yes, kind of exciting daviss
AYWalton: Good afternoon, all.
daviss: hello AYWalton!
AYWalton: hello there daviss! hi alt, dcooke Mizz Selma, Greetings, vkn!!!!!!!!!
alt: dcooke, for genealogy books (current) the books by Melvin collier & Michael Henderson are getting a lot of attention. Hello AYWalton
vkn: AYW !!!! is presentation ready
Selma: The Warmth of Other Suns..one of my favorite books
AYWalton: just have to fix the front page!
Selma: Afternoon AY
vkn: waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy to go AYW
AYWalton: lol In 2 weeks the PBS series will begin called Many Rivers to Cross.
daviss: 8-9 Eastern
dcooke: I just joined the FB group. Thanks for the suggestion!
AYWalton: there will be a small number of genealogy bloggers that will be watching and blogging after each episode as well. Telling our version of the story based on our own genealogical research. which group did you join dcooke?
alt: Yeah, cousin Skip still hasn't responded to my message about his father and me having a common maternal ancestor according to FTDNA LOL LOL LOL
AYWalton: Selma we got to see Lisa Lee several times.
dcooke: Our Black Ancestry
daviss: lol alt
Selma: I forgot all about it AY
dcooke: I was thinking about recommending the book club to read one of the books about Sallie Hemmings. That's what initially ignited my interest in ancestry and dna.
daviss: The first episode will be The Black Atlantic 1500 - 1800
AYWalton: It should be interesting to watch. I think a few folks missed the Roadshow last night. It was ok--but some of the segments are so short.
alt: I guess that 300 years will cover Columbus' "discovery" of the America's and the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade ca 1492-1807 .. or there about
daviss: That will be a good book also...Annette Gordon Reed is one author
vkn: Thnx daviss
daviss: dcooke A Gordon Reed is from Conroe texas
vkn: also thanx for the addy dcooke
dcooke: I was looking at Gordon Reed's book earlier today.
daviss: That episode according to what I am reading alt will include the Priscilla story
vkn: Selma has taught us well that it "all started in VA" and alt has taught us that "OH is in the middle at Tribal Pages " and we are learning from Daviss and Mariah that "it ends in TX"
dcooke: I'll probably just give them a few suggestions and let them decide. I read the novel Sallie Hemmings by Barbara Chase-Riboud when I was in college, and that was the start of my interest in family history. I was going through this strange phase of becoming comfortable in my own skin, and learning about my family seemed to help me grow.
daviss: hahahaha vkn
alt: Antiques Roadshow.. it would be nice if they could somehow acknowledge the researchers who have done the work for their stories... Kenyatta & Joshua certainly aren't doing it (research).
AYWalton: Actually they do acknowledge them. But the names fly by so quickly.
vkn: air time is soooooo costly alt as you know
alt: so quickly I haven't noticed them AYWalton .. guess that is my fault.
AYWalton: I know that Gena Philbert Ortega is one of them, and in fact she had phoned me when they were doing research back in July--about the story of Gov. Austin Peay. She told me that they had found the letter, but they wondered if the story was feasible. We had a discussion about it. I watched the names go by---and they fly by---but last night I saw her name as it swished by. Other names were in the list near her name. Josh and Kenyatta are only the on-air hosts.
alt: maybe a suggestion I could send them is a "flash" of the researcher's names leading in to each segment... wouldn't take more than 5-10 seconds.
AYWalton: You would have to stop the film to read anything flying by.
vkn: Grrrreat idea alt
alt: 60 minutes does something like that with their stories.
AYWalton: I have noticed though that sometimes the genealogists are simply stumped, which is why they say---"no connection has been found that you are related," or "no other information could be found". Frankly I think that there can be more found, but maybe we don't see what was edited out.
alt: but I reckon AR's stuff is already in the "can"
Selma: What was Lisa Lee doing on the segment
vkn: Also the show publishers/producers might include names in preview/postview alt
AYWalton: The interview people on the steps before they get started.
alt: exactly vkn
AYWalton: She mentions that her ancestors were loyalists and went to Canada.
AYWalton: Then in Kenyatt's segment, she is standing right behind Kenyatta observing. and in a third segment she is also there, in the crowd. And she was a finalist for the show. She lost it to Kenyatta. She and Nicka were finalists. They might have been hosts.
alt: oh well, sounds like I'm back in my 'grumpy, nit-picking mode" LOL it was strange that last night show didn't have any Black folk ... that I can remember
dcooke: Great chatting with you all. I have a noon meeting.
Selma: The Hemmings of Monticello is also a good book dcooke
AYWalton: take care dcooke
vkn: Thanx ayw for helping me sync eyes, understanding and multi screens lol
dcooke: Good Day! Thanks!
AYWalton: what did I do, vkn?
vkn: lol helping me juggling all the balls in the air
AYWalton: and when did I do this, vkn?
Selma: Have to go foolks.. Have a great day
daviss: uh oh
vkn: continuously ayw lol
AYWalton: lol well I try. I need to go, myself. Going to fix some lunch. have a good one!
vkn: u do an excellent job ayw
daviss: too late vkn lol
vkn: so much to absorb
daviss: what little bit I get is too much to absorb
alt: truly vkn.. too much information and too little time!!!
vkn: Glad someone (ayw) can help stitch it all together
daviss: It takes me 3 and 4 days to put together something that takes others a couple hrs to do SMDH
vkn: Remember "reading the minutes" of the last meeting lol lol
alt: yeah.. and then I say " I was at the last meeting and I don't remember that happening" LOL LOL
vkn: No time now to say "I object" lol
vkn: Poor Roberts rules are laid aside lol
alt: whose Robert????
vkn: lol lol lol lol alt forgot lol "Roberts Rules of Order"
alt: Oops. who is Robert?
vkn: Alt we were raised on those. Did you forget
alt: naw, just joking LOL