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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: My Arkansas Trip
In Response To: My Arkansas Trip ()

Family, I'm still in 'Ancestor Paradise'! You haven't began to live until you go to the ancestral home. Your research (I know) means everything to you, but, until you actually walk that walk, you haven't done nothing! The only thing I was a little leary of was my husband and brother becoming 'Claud Banks and Ray Gibson (Life)'. The court house experience is something else. I was forwarned before I went..'Set you watch back about 30 years'. Not!...I was the one who had to catch up. The people both white and black were friendly. We are all in this research for our own self satisfaction, with the inspiration and guidence of the ancestors. Take advantage of it while you can. It may set you back a few pennies, but what doesn't?

I met a cousin of mine who was called 'Uncle Buddy', he reminded me of my uncle here in California that died in the late 80s, well, they were first cousins. My cousin and I walked up to his door and he started talking. I learned about my GG Grandmother Easter Green, and the 'limp' she had because of the fall she took on her way to Arkansas from S. Carolina and walked with a cane ever since because her hip had been broken and never 'replaced correctly', I learned about her 'rash', I learned about her sister that was sold away from the family while on their way to Arkansas in Mississippi. I saw the land...It was simply beautiful.

Arkansas has no real history regarding the blacks that lived there and helped build the place up. It is now my goal to do just that.

Genealogy research is not just about 'names and places', it's about history and events that took place when they were living in that time.

The 'little' notebooks I saw, in the original beautiful handwriting was something to see. You never know what book to look in because of the different names the books had.

I'm still in heaven. And I love it. Now, my husband wants to move there, I told him it was just because it was something new to him, and it had to wear off, just give it a little while..no..he's already planning. There is a lot of road work going on there and he is a cement finisher by trade, 'the man is ready to leave California'.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with you all, I couldn't wait to tell you. And now, that I have the pictures, I will share.

Dena.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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