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Re: Passing down family stories

Jay---this seems to be 'the Black Famlies Curse'.I have done like you. I've asked members to tell me something funny about when they grew up. They'll tell me orally but really don't want to write it down. I DEVELOPED A WEB PAGE which is now operational so those who have computers can see what I have discovered and so they can be proud of. The response is they don't want their faces on the web, but when it comes to taking photo's at a gathering everbody wants you to send them one for free. Unless there is info that put's them in the spot light such as 'ROOTS', nobody cares. The past is a secret unless there is money to be had. When our people were enslaved it did so to their minds for many generations. The thought is never talk about your past because some of our freedom can be taken. I have stopped strugglng with it. I share info with an uncle and his son and my daughter. If anyone wants to know they can come to us. Some get a little jealous because these 3 people know a possible secret that they don't know. Then we start giving out a little info at a time. I do have white genealogy friends and they experience the same problems--no interest about the past. I even had 1 aunt threaten to sue me if I printed anything about her. So she is not on our genealogy chart by name. We all know about her past. Another aunt said I was breaking up the family by having a family reunion. GO FIGURE. They made cousins want to do it. So a lot of good came out of this. NEVER STOP LOOKING. What is so fascinating to me about this 'genealogy disease' is finding out 'Who the H___ Stole My People'


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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