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Meeting African American genealogist, Bernice Bennett at #NGS2011

Bernice Bennett (Left), photo by Mr. @SavingStories

For those of you who do not know, NGS presenter and genealogist,  Bernice Bennett, shares her expertise on the BlogTalkRadio Show, Nurturing Our Roots with Host, Antoinette Harrell.  I had the privilege of meeting Bernice in person, and look forward to the great genealogical resources she will continue to share on upcoming episodes of Nurturing Our Roots. She is truly a great lady.

I was very captivated by everything Bernice shared with me in when we met.  You can tell by my faraway look that my mind was churning.  I have to also say that it is such a great privilege for me to meet an African American woman who shares the same interests and knows of the person struggles of our ancestors and the difficulties we face in documenting them.  Bernice has researched in two of the same states where I am also researching, Louisiana and South Carolina.

Please enjoy the Afrigeneas YouTube Video from NGS 2011 where Bernice shares a little about tracing the homestead records of African Americans living in Livingston Parish, LA:

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Mr. @SavingStories goes to #NGS2011

Mr. @SavingStories downtown Charleston, SC.

Mr. @SavingStories is my number one fan.  He has always made it possible for me to stick to the “hunt.”  Many times without saying a word, he washes dishes, mops the floor, or makes dinner.  Many times, he says, “You need to stop and eat.”

For those of you who get caught up in searching for ancestors or helping others do the same and you have a better have like Mr. @SavingStories, you know how blessed I feel.  Whatever I need to purchase, wherever I need to go, Mr. @SavingStories quietly supports it.

I know I may have required some difficult things in recent years like moving South away from the city where Mr. @SavingStories grew up and was comfortable.  It is amazing how he has adapted and love it here.

NGS is the longest number of days he has had to follow me around with genealogy. He had my tethered Android connection for when he got really bored.  I noticed yesterday, Mr. @SavingStories had not been escaping much that way all week.  He had been following me around and had not gotten bored.

I was very impressed by his comment yesterday.  After meeting so many of my friends and all the excitement,  Mr. @SavingStories realized something.  “What you do is really NOT a hobby like I thought,”  he said.  Words cannot explain the joy I felt over this discovery.  I did not even know he eyes were not open to that fact.

Mr. @SavingStories is now wanting to search out his ancestors for himself.  I am so excited.  Thanks to all of you who spent time to chat with Mr. @SavingStories.  I cannot wait for all the new adventures ahead.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Legacy, News

 

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Meet up with twin, @LCAfricana, at #NGS2011

I often think about the many great friends I would not know if I were not on Twitter.  I follow and have learned from the best of the best.  It has been such a great experience finding so many people who share the same interests in genealogy as I do.

Left: @LCAfricana (Toni Carrier), photo by Mr. @SavingStories

Once again I had the opportunity to meet up with @LCAfricana (Toni Carrier) who introduces me as her twin.  When we first met in person last year, we found ourselves finishing each other’s sentences and being totally rabid about genealogy. Many times I am up until 2 am and all of a sudden, she will tweet me as if she knew I was out there.

I had the wonderful opportunity on this trip of watching Toni work her extreme magic uncovering an unbelievable number of resources to document the slave ancestry of a person she was helping.  I have used lowcountryafricana.net (SC, FL, GA resources) for years, and am glad to know the brains behind the source.

We are twins for many reasons.  She has the same incredible dedication to providing resources to help others and works tirelessly around the clock.  Toni is also always surrounded by people who are also hard working and truly dedicated. Mr @SavingStories, and I had a wonderful experience set up by my twin at Magnolia Plantation this week where D. J Tucker gave the most correct and inspirational African American interpretation at the slave dwellings on the site.  After the presentation, D J kept making a move to go for the day, but hesitated until he had shown us each of the cabins and had given the history behind who had stayed in them.

It was great to hear the response of the class after Toni’s presentation at NGS yesterday.  They were in total awe.  I heard someone comment, “I was looking for help, and I found Toni.  Now she’s all I need.”   Toni patiently answered questions and conversed with each of them who approached her afterwards.  She is a true treasure to know.  Everyone needs a twin!

 

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Helping at Charleston SC Family History Center during #NGS2011

Even before the first shift began at the Charleston SC Family History Center, patrons from Kentucky had stopped by yesterday to find resources to document an ancestor who lived locally.  I always enjoy my visits to the center in October where I am usually invited to give presentations.

I had not had the opportunity to see the staff work their magic with patrons who need assistance until yesterday.  I helped to determine the basics, time period and names, for the patron, but of course was dependent on the staff’s knowledge of resources on site.

After the initial help, Vivian Kessler, volunteer, produced a book on the Wadamalaw area and the patron found a reference in no time.  I am always amazed at the varied types of local resources you can find in a center.

Vivian and her husband, Paul, were kind enough to pose with me yesterday so that Mr. @SavingStories could take a photo of us.  These are only a couple of the great friends I have made here.  They have also been a great help to those whom I have referred.

Left: Paul Kessler, Right: Vivian Kessler, photo by Mr. @SavingStories

If you are searching for resources visit the Learning Resources at familysearch.org.

Charleston SC Family History Center

1519 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

Charleston, SC 29414

843-766-6017

Tues-Thurs 10 am -9 pm

Fri-Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 

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A sweet meet at #NGS2011

Mr @SavingStories, @SavingStories, @DearMYRTLE taken by Geni.

When I saw this tweet by Geni:

I knew I had a good chance to meet my Twitter friend, @DearMYRTLE.  She is just as sweet in person as online.  She introduced me to Geni, who I also follow on Twitter, and I learned they will soon be coming to a FamilySearch Center Portal near you.

I am  looking forward to learning about this software and how it is able to pull from the databases of other family history software without using a the .gedcom.

Geni had the first business card I have seen with the QR Code…very impressive.

Thank, Geni, for taking the photo and tweeting!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in News

 

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