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The Boley Experience
Researching your ancestors, gathering their stories can give
great insight into who they were, how they lived and why they migrated to other
parts of the country.   These stories most
often provide clues and other avenues to further guide your research.   W...
Researching your ancestors, gathering their stories can give great insight into who they were, how they lived and why they migrated to other parts of the country.  These stories most often provide clues and other avenues to f...
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Mae’s Migration to Chicago
Recently,
I was having a conversation with my mother’s cousin on her paternal side,
discussing our ancestors.   For the
purpose of protecting my cousin’s identity in this story, I will call her
Mae.   Tracing this line initially was a
little challenging bec...
Recently, I was having a conversation with my mother’s cousin on her paternal side, discussing our ancestors.  For the purpose of protecting my cousin’s identity in this story, I will call her Mae.  Tracing this line initiall...
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Celebrating Juneteenth - Discovering Miles and Josephine Hill
Juneteenth 150 th anniversary
commemorating the end of slavery in the United States Juneteenth is the oldest known
celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 th that the Union soldiers, led ...
Juneteenth 150th anniversary commemorating the end of slavery in the United States Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June...
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Mae’s Migration to Chicago
Recently, I was having a conversation with my mother’s cousin on her paternal side, discussing our ancestors.   For the purpose of protecting my cousin’s identity in this story, I will call her Mae.   Tracing this line initially was a little challenging bec...
Recently, I was having a conversation with my mother’s cousin on her paternal side, discussing our ancestors.  For the purpose of protecting my cousin’s identity in this story, I will call her Mae.  Tracing this line initiall...
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The MAAGI Experience
The MAAGI Experience (Midwestern African American Genealogical Institute) On last week I
attended the Midwestern African American Genealogical Institute.   This is my second year.   Last year was great, but this time the
instructors really took it to the ne...
The MAAGI Experience (Midwestern African American Genealogical Institute) On last week I attended the Midwestern African American Genealogical Institute.  This is my second year.  Last year was great, but this time ...
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In Honor of our Vietnam War Hero
As we celebrate Memorial Day today,
honoring the many service men and women who gave their lives for our country, I
must honor one particular member of my family – PFC, Sammie Lee Watson, Jr.
(aka Sonny).   Born:   02 October 1948; St. Louis, MO Died:   28 ...
As we celebrate Memorial Day today, honoring the many service men and women who gave their lives for our country, I must honor one particular member of my family – PFC, Sammie Lee Watson, Jr. (aka Sonny).  Born:  02...
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As I listen to the news and read the articles about the
missing Nigerian girls, I cannot help but think about the institution of
slavery and the transportation of my ancestors to the Americas centuries ago
via the Atlantic Slave Trade, never to be seen or h...
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Introduction
Greetings and welcome to my blog!  For over 25 years, I have been researching my family history and have traced back five generations.  I archive family information on Findagrave.com and lend time to indexing records for FamilySearch.org.  An avid fiction and non-fiction reader, I particularly enjoy African American, American and ancient biblical history.  In addition to researching my family history, I enjoy helping others with their research.  For the St. Louis AAHGS, I have facilitated "Beginning Genealogy" for the annual conference.

Memberships include:  Stl-African American Historical and Genealogy Society, Chickasaw County Mississippi Historical & Genealogy Society and Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). 
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