July 9, 2019

There is considerable information available relevant to securing knowledge about the past, but what about the present and making sure you are recording current events for future remembrance. Incidental details of family occasions, events, and accomplishments will be th...

If you have read The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry,  You've met Sophia, Annie and Emma's mom. Let me introduce you to the person on whom Sophia is based. I celebrate her and all women of African descent who have struggled to give life to future generations.  These are...

April 9, 2019

Creating your family story is much more than obtaining DNA information. That’s why we encourage you to spend time talking to family members, the principal resource for family history. They are the ones who can tell you about their childhood and their interaction with d...

January 7, 2019

Previous blog posts emphasize the value of starting the search for your family history and ancestry by interviewing family members. It seems like a simple enough task until you meet resistance or bump up against family secrets that grandma believes are best-left secret...

Researching my family history has been a passion of mine for many years. When I first began, the most I could do was to talk to family members and explore a few public records. Today, resources abound, and the possibilities for finding long-lost relatives has increased...

June 13, 2018

Radio and television advertising for DNA testing and ancestor research might lead you to believe an exploration of family history begins with a google search or a leaf from ancestry.com. But the best way to start searching for your roots is in present times, at home, t...

For more than fifty years, the Calhoun-McElmurray family has held a biannual family reunion. In 1976, the reunion took place in Lizella Georgia, our ancestral home. Lila Calhoun Davis, the last surviving child of Joshua Calhoun and Missouri McElmurray Calhoun, gave a t...

May 26, 2018

In The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry, the reader learns of the tribulations of the Unknown Ancestor; a spirit voice representing the millions of Africans forcibly removed from their native land. Men, women, and children sold into slavery whose identities are unlikely t...

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