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Re: The Freedom to Create & To Be
In Response To: The Freedom to Create & To Be ()

The story is noteworthy on two levels----the family history itself is of interest to anyone--the very story itself.

Secondly---the story of the search. For researchers, we are all interested in HOW the hunt was conducted, how did you connect from the story of the Tutsi ancestor to verifying and documenting it. I personally found the value of Alex Haley's pivotal ROOTs more intriguing to me when he outlined HOW he made the connection from Tennessee back to Juffure and to connect to the very village from which he ancestors came. After all---the story of Kunta Kinte is the story of many our our ancestors who left their land unwillingly to become slaves in a foreign land. But to connect the family in America back to the ancestral village and how this was done is the story that was so unique to me.

In my opinion, you have two stories to tell----the unique story of your family, AND how you connect to it.

I would also ancestor these questions----WHY would someone tell you NOT to seek DNA results (if they are exist)---especially since we as genealogists know a basic rule is to NEVER leave any stone unturned. Also another basic rule is to never assume.

As a researcher of African-Native American people, I often have found the remarks made that one can tell one's tribe by features---cheekbones, jaw structure, forehead and more. This is faulty genealogy and can lead one down false paths. Follow every lead---and document the story of the search----it is just as important.

You will have persons such as Jackie and others who can give you editorial suggestions later, but as she said to you earlier---throw it all up---get it out----then start to sort through what you have.

I think you have something extremely important. As a writer I also suggest that you keep, for your own sanity, to keep a journal to process all of this. Sometimes things happen so fast you can't see the clues that appear before you. You will need to also sort out where YOU fit into all of this process--you the person, you the teller of the story, and what you want the end product---or products--to be. Within the little that I know, I can see fruitful articles as well as the narrative story of the family, and also the story of the search itself.

What a wonderful thing to share!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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