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Sandra Williams Bush
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Happy 85th birthday to Mommy: A Throwback Pictorial
My mommy, Evelyn Orthelia Brown Williams, is the daughter of Noah Brown and Lucy Washington of Mississippi.  She was born November 30, 1931 in Buffalo NY, the youngest of four siblings, that include Verlie, Arthur, and Vivian. Although a city girl (born & b...
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When a name is not THE name
I don't remember ever meeting my Uncle Flipper. He was one of my Dad's older brothers.  He was born 6 Jun 1922 and made transition on  39 Sep 1969 when I was sixteen.  His first appearance on a census record was the 1930 U.S. Federal Census. When the 1940 c...
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It's My Turn, Presenting a Genealogy Webinar
On April 21, 2016 I presented my first genealogy webinar --  an introductory session on family history research as part of a webinar series sponsored by the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS).  I've attended in plenty of genealogy webinars bu...
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Head-spinning DNA
As I watched the webinar "Watch Geoff Live - DNA", a Legacy Family Tree Webinar , it finally dawned on me how important it is to have a public family tree. I have defended my private Ancestry tree because not only did someone cherry-pick my ancestors but wh...
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Starting With Me
Sandra Ann Williams , born 1953, in the crib my father hand-made. Most books, articles, workshops, etc. on genealogy state that research starts with
yourself but it never dawned on me to do my own biography until recently. I
was born and raised in Buffalo, ...
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30 Years & Out
from The Challenger, August 5, 2015, Front Page Well, I'm looking at my draft posts  --  I started this one in August 2015. In the spirit of starting my genealogy journey with me and telling my own story, I finally finished (I think) this post. After 30 yea...
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Putting My Research "house" In Order: Genealogy Do-Over
  Photo by Thomas McEntee When Thomas MacEntee posted that he was creating a Genealogy Do-Over group on Facebook,  I jumped at the challenge.   In putting together my family tree, I have been more of a collector of names, places, and dates which has resulte...
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Reaching Out to Mary Barrett Washington, 1875-1942
During the summer of 2013, my brother Flick and I took a day trip to visit our Cousin Elizabeth Tyus (Cousin Lizzie)  in Ashtabula, Ohio.  While sitting around laughing, talking, and enjoying the meal she prepared for us, she revealed that her grandmother, ...
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Pieces of Me -- Saints Home C.O.G.I.C.
On October 1, 2014 the church I had known as Saints Home Church Of God in Christ was demolished.  Until news reports and the preservation efforts I did not not that it was the oldest synagogue in Buffalo NY, although I knew it had been a synagogue. " Preser...
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The bride wore pink - Evelyn Orthelia Brown
My parents, Willis Burkett WILLIAMS and Evelyn Orthelia BROWN were married on Friday, September 26, 1952.  The bride wore a dusty pink gown.  My Mom told that was the fashion at the time.  (Two months later her sister, Verlie BROWN, married Raymond T. WALTO...
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