The Bar IS NOT Budging. So Now What?!

Henderson Washington GAI planned to pen this post for private viewing by my AAGSAR Facebook Community only, but I do favor transparency. So that said, this post is available to anyone having interest to read it.

As I shared with AAGSAR this morning, this has been a tough week. As we near our 2014 BLOGFEST event, the first step in preparing has been the work of removing inactive members from the forum. Not a warm n’ fuzzy task at all!:)

Why are inactive members removed from AAGSAR? Read here — AAGSAR Official CHEAT SHEET: Surviving The Principal, TRIBE & 21st Century Slave Ancestry Research.

Members are NEVER happy to exit the forum and some are more “vocal” than others. My reaction to the commentary is usually a mix of surprise, frustration and sadness. Though specific to the transition our Community is making, the responses expose cultural and emotional wounds that feel set on historic rewind. As I shared with Liv of Claiming Kin, we are the only people I’ve worked with who no matter what, fight AGAINST progress and deem anyone attempting to make it, the enemy.

So I’m publishing a behind the scenes exchange between myself and a member who requested to be removed from the community this morning. I think it speaks […]

DNA CENTRAL: 23andMe ~ I See My True Colors Shining Through!:)


If you thought you heard me crooning True Colors with Cyndi LAUPER backing me up, you did! My 23andMe Ancestry Composition updates have arrived and I do get a kick (more than expected) out of seeing the genetic makeup of… ME! My DNA composition does remind of a colorful rainbow!:)

In my admittedly elementary genetic conclusion, scientific DNA analysis COMPLETELY annihilates the baseline for how Race in America is defined!

Clearly the prerequisites defining the (1) Drop Rule no longer apply to most of us! Did (1) Drop as a determination of ethnicity ever really apply? Heck no! But now there’s scientific validation to confirm what historians/genealogists have always known — America is more of a Melting Pot than it ever wanted to openly acknowledge.

So stay tuned! Along with the evolution of technology, DNA analysis is a 21st Century GAME CHANGER!

Who knows what’s in store?!:)



FOOTNOTE (23andMe):

The default Standard Estimate corresponds to 75% confidence. You have the option to make the estimate more strict (the Conservative Estimate is at 90% confidence) or more lenient (the Speculative Estimate is at 50% confidence).

The above graph Speculative estimate and below data Standard estimate:

84.6% Sub-Saharan African
63.3% West African
0.7% Central & South African
20.5%  Nonspecific Sub-Saharan African

10.3% European
2.9% Northern European
<0.1% […]

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Nelson MANDELA (1918-2013) #MADIBA

Nelson Mandela  ~ Rest In Peace

“A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger!”

Nelson MANDELA | Hamba Kahle Madiba

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RootsTECH, Online Genealogy and the Question of DIVERSITY?

RootsTECH conference 2014

Let me start with what I dig about RootsTECHmostly everything!:)

Everybody knows I’m a HUGE proponent of technology integration as it applies to genealogy research. Sit aside my being a professional Techie – I’m a historian/genealogist living in the 21st Century!

Though I’ll soon call New Mexico home, my Ancestors roots were planted in Virginia, South and North Carolina long before they found their way to Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio. Descendants of once enslaved Ancestors don’t have the benefit of a bounty of records, stored in easily accessible places. To progress, we must spread our net across a broad field of data and utilize EVERY tool in our kit to oft times answer the most basic query.

Add work demands, Mom duties and the reality it takes a village of folks to help conquer my Ancestor challenges — smart technology to support my genealogy work makes practical sense, Techie or not. Technology has been the gift that keeps on giving to my family research.

So I applaud and stand behind the efforts of RootsTECH/Family Search. The work they’re doing — developing smart technology and educating/training genealogy users is essential. If this were not the vision being shared in 2014, I’d be alarmed!

But that said, after returning online in August, I made a deliberate decision to NOT attend the upcoming 2014 RootsTECH Conference, due to the lack of diversity in the Sessions — 238 total — being presented.

Following RootsTECH […]

AAGSAR BLOG PRAISE: They Came From Virginia ~ Why I Blog: My Heart And Soul

In a few weeks AAGSAR will be 150+ genealogy bloggers strong and the landscape of online African American Genealogy will be forever changed. In truth, the change has already begun with the family narratives of 40 NEW + 20 EXISTING genealogists being shared with us daily! Following the transition of my Mom, their writing and fellowship have been a healing salve to my heart. I stay too busy to feel sorry for myself. The Ancestor Work we’re doing is vital. This is their season.

Going forward I’ll re-blog those special AAGSAR blog posts possessing something so authentically good, they MUST be shared and remembered. So I suspect you’ll be reading narratives from LOTS of new genealogists in the days ahead!:)

It’s my hope visitors will share the and support this new breed of Family Griots. There’s something special happening and I wouldn’t want you to miss a minute of it. ~ Luckie



Why I Blog: My Heart And Soul

Grandma Margaret and cousin Beaniee
Grandma […]

Call For Submissions: Carnival of African American Genealogy ~ 6th Edition #DREAMFORWARD: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr.


In 2010 the Carnival of African American Genealogy (CoAAG) was created to embrace and share the beauty of African American genealogy and culture with the broader online community.

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr.’s birthday on January 15th, we have committed to #DREAMFORWARD and invite you to join us in honoring Dr. KING’s life work and living legacy.

Progress recognizes no color and true change relies on Champions of all ages. A future fulfilling the hopes and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr. requires unified purpose and the unwavering commitment of a steadfast community.

Our #DREAMFORWARD community invitation extends to students and welcomes contributors regardless of race, creed and religion.

On January 15th 2014 the community will unite via our dedicated CoAAG #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr to answer the call of one timely and urgent question – how will I contribute to fulfilling Martin Luther KING Jr.’s Dream?




  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CoAAG 6th Edition #DREAMFORWARD: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr.
  • CARNIVAL DATE: Wednesday, 15 January 2013
  • HOST: Luckie of Our Georgia Roots and

TALIAFERRO FLASHBACK: A Call To Action For African American Researchers ~ 2 March 2010

Original post: 2 March 2010 Sandra TALIAFERRO of I Never Knew My Father (archived)

My friend Luckie Daniels of Our Georgia Roots, has written another thought provoking Monday Madness post, this time to the African American Genealogy CommunityMadness Monday: The Digital Divide Revisited ~ Tough Love For The African-American Genealogy Community.  After commenting on Luckie’s post, I realized I had actually written my next post.  Yes, I could have let that suffice, but I felt I needed to show my support for and belief in Luckie’s position here on my blog.  So often, we sit back in the amen corner bowing our heads up and down in agreement, but never speak-up and take a stance. I wanted to echo Luckie’s sentiments. My comment to her did that, and posting it here reiterates it. There needs to be some serious changes in the African American genealogy community; those changes need to occur sooner, rather than later before we are standing in the shadows as the online genea-community moves forward.

Thank you Luckie for a very timely and long overdue post.  How sad it was to hear people who have been researching their family history for years stand up in a meeting and ask for help, but they are not on the internet, don’t like, won’t do it. There are so any resources out there, and many connections to make, but you won’t find them in your living room or in the archives.  Genealogy is changing, and the African American community of researchers must change with it. And, it’s not only in genealogy. As another comment so appropriately pointed out, we are missing a wealth […]


AAGSAR BLOGFEST 2014 ~ Go Hard OR Go Home


WHEN: Sunday, 5 January 2014

  • Our community BLOGFEST will be in high-gear from 9AM ET to 9PM ET.
  • Time investment? 1-2 hours collaborating on blog setups and as much time as you’re willing to gift to support our BLOGFEST! :)
  • Bloggers/Cheerleaders will provide 1:1 guidance, feedback and encouragement! NEW Bloggers you ultimately own your work ― roll-up those sleeves and be ready my friends!
  • When your family blog or website goes live, send Luckie the blog name and link. NEW KID ON THE BLOG announcements will be made every 3 hrs ― 12PM, 3PM, 6PM and 9PM.
  • What happens next? We CELEBRATE with you ― and your ANCESTORS!:)

WHY: Slave Ancestry Research Requires CSI Detective Skills + the Patience of Job!

AAGSAR was created to guide and support you in utilizing technology to enhance your research toolkit, NOT convince you of its value to your research in the 21st Century. To be clear ― we are a tech-centric, not tech-ONLY […]

UNKNOWN NO LONGER: Judith & Mana WINGFIELD ~ VA Historical Society

Unknown No Longer: Judith & Mana WINGFIELD

Unknown No Longer: Judith & Mana WINGFIELD

Unknown No Longer ~ Virginia Historical Society

  • Record Date: 01/13/1842
  • Record Type: Deed
  • Record Call No. Mss2 H7839 b 16
  • Record Title: Deed of sale, 1842, of William SMITH for two African-American slaves, Mana and Judith
  • Document Notes: Judith and Mana were sold by William Smith to Hudson M. WINGFIELD for the combined price of $300 to pay a debt to Polly V. CROSS


Admittedly, I’m not the traditional Thanksgiving Day observer. As I sit here tonight, relaxing after enjoying movies and junk food with the kids, my mind landed on the WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Slave Ancestors of Virginia. Connected to my family line, I have no idea how much of their bloodline departed Hanover VA with Thomas WINGFIELD in 1783 in-route to Washington-Wilkes GA. 23 Slave Ancestors counted as WINGFIELD’s property are evidence my lineage didn’t begin in 1783 Wilkes County GA, so I can certainly count among these souls DNA Ancestors.

DNA connections don’t really matter much tonight. On a day when we traditionally draw family close, my Ancestors deserve a home here, among kin who shared common experiences and a descendant doing all she can to restore and preserve their legacy.

Slave names and data transcribed here are in alphabetical order accompanied by the names of slaves from the wills of Thomas WINGFIELD (1837) and Martha WHITLOCK (1825).

Peace and ease WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Ancestors. Thankful to have you home.