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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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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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