Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
As I finalized my PowerPoint presentation, I noticed that quite a few of my document examples related to Andrew Bullock, one of my grandmother’s maternal uncles. Uncle Andrew left NC at an early age (possibly teenage years) to move to New York City. My grandmother knew all of her mother’s siblings, except this uncle whom she only saw once. That one time encounter was in February 1951 when Uncle Andrew attended his mother, Luvenia Jeffress Bullock’s funeral in Vance County, NC.
So what if I had the opportunity to do a WDYTYA episode? I thought as I studied the slides which seemed to be “jumping out at me” screaming “Uncle Andrew.” I let my mind drift down the WDYTYA genealogical road.
The standard structure of the WDYTYA episodes begins with the celebrity stating what they want to learn about their family history and the reason(s) why. Most of the celebrities choose one side of the family to search and in some cases a specific ancestor such as Susan Sarandon’s grandmother. Actress Brooke Shields wanted to know something about both sides of her family. I know that the show focuses on the journey of finding direct ancestors, but at this time, the Uncle Andrew mystery is the one I’d like help in solving. If I were on the show, I would say:
“I want to know about the life of my great grand uncle Andrew Bullock who moved to New York from North Carolina during his teenage years. I want to know why he went to New York and about his life there. Through searching his life in New York, I also hope to discover other family members who may have also moved from North Carolina to New York.”
I continued to let my mind indulge in this genealogical fantasy when it occurred to me that I should analyze the documents I have already collected on Uncle Andrew by writing a timeline. As I searched my Family Tree Maker software file for data on Uncle Andrew, I discovered that I had already begun documenting some of the known facts on him by typing them in the Facts section of the genealogy software. I printed out a Documented Events Report and began reanalyzing and updating facts from my document collection.
Currently, I have gathered the following sources of information on Uncle Andrew.
- Information obtained from family reunion
- 1900 census
- Military draft registration card
- Social security death index
- Social security application
- Cemetery records
- Clue from obituary of his sister, Bell (my great grandmother)
- Knowledge learned through oral history
This would make a great blog series I thought as my mind continually entertained this Uncle Andrew scenario. So that’s what I plan to do in the next several postings— to blog about my analysis of documents related to Uncle Andrew Bullock.
My primary localities of research are Virginia and North Carolina. The research and availability of New York genealogical documents are a mystery to me at this time. Through blogging about my analysis of research on Uncle Andrew, I hope to achieve the following goals:
- To complete this timeline and analysis of documents and facts I have already collected.
- To help other researchers learn about the document analysis process.
- To learn more about New York genealogical resources.
- To discover new documents related to the life of Uncle Andrew.
Finally, I hope that blog readers will offer me suggestions for further research in learning more about Uncle Andrew.
Stay tuned. . . Coming Up! – Professor Dru learns about Uncle Andrew at Family Reunion.
Monday, May 24, 2010
On my first visit, I used a copy of a rare book which was published in 1893. (Read more about this rare book). The book was falling apart due to age and I did not feel comfortable in using it or turning the pages of such a rare and fragile copy. The pages were in good condition, but part of the cover was separating from the book.
On my second visit, I used a photocopy of the same book and felt more comfortable in flipping through the pages and and using this book.
I look forward to having time to back to the Peabody Collection to continue my research on Mr. James A. Fields.
The Peabody Collection
Monday, May 17, 2010
I would like to thank Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here , for giving me the Happy 101 Award. Leslie, sorry that it took me so long to accept this award. I am deeply honored that you choose me as one of your recipients of the Happy 101 Award.
The Award Rules
My task in accepting this award is to 1) name ten things that make me happy and 2) to pass this award on to ten other blogs.
Here are ten things that make me happy (not in any particular order).
- Eating chocolate
- Eating at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge, LA
- Solving a genealogical mystery
- Doing the genealogy Happy Dance
- Reading a good book
- Learning how to do something new on the computer
- Hanging out with good friends
- Taking a genealogy research trip
- Relaxing and listening to good music
- Hearing my maternal grandmother talk about her life’s memories
Passing the Award
Finally, I am passing this award on to ten bloggers whom I recently discovered from the MyHeritage Top 100 Genealogy Site Award list.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I would like to thank Mavis of Conversations With My Ancestors and George Geder the Evangelist
for African Ancestored Genealogy, for passing me the Ancestor Approved Award.
I apologize for my tardiness in accepting this award. My life has been quite busy during the past few months and there has been little time for blogging.
The Award Rules
As a reminder, the rules are the recipient of the Ancestor Approved award lists ten things learned about their ancestors that have surprised, humbled, or enlightened. The recipient then passes the award to ten other bloggers that are doing their Ancestors proud.
Here are ten things I have learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled, or enlightened me.
- After 15 years of researching my ancestry, there is still more to be found.
- All of my ancestors living prior to the Civil War were not enslaved; two lines were free—the Ashe family in Halifax County, NC and the Greenaway family in Greensville County, VA.
- I have such a high percentage (22%) of Native American genes showing up in my admixture DNA.
- I was able to determine the names and number of babies delivered by my Midwife great great grandmother Luvenia Jeffress Bullock (1864-1951) by study of birth certificates in Vance County, NC. Birth records are easily accessible in NC and there is not time stipulation on obtaining certificates if you are not a direct descendant. If my ancestor had been a midwife in Virginia, then I would have not been able to do this study since the birth record accessibility laws are tighter.
- By the struggles and sacrifices made by my ancestors and their perseverance though hard times such as racism and slavery.
- Appreciative of the benefits of the clerical and computer skills I obtained through education and work experience prior to doing genealogy research. These skills have been an asset in the process of genealogical data.
- By all of the wonderful opportunities I have gained through my genealogy hobby such as meeting numerous relatives whom I never knew, conducing genealogy workshops, writing about my ancestors, attending numerous family reunions, and appearing on television in a genealogy related segment.
- How study of ancestral records is helping me with transactions in my own life such as study of land deeds and wills.
- Discovery of “good people” in my paternal family whom I did not get to know when I was growing up.
- That the study of genealogy is more than just about history, but covers other disciplines such as science/genetics, geography, language/writing, mathematics, and so on.
Passing the Award
Finally, I am passing this award on to the ten bloggers listed below. By the way, these are all genealogy blogs I just discovered from the MyHeritage Top 100 Genealogy Site Award.