After the passing of my Mom, Geraldine BARWICK on August 5th to Alzheimer’s Disease, I returned online to the genealogy research so dear to my heart.
I also created the African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Community via Facebook, a collaborative work-group where we work 1:1 with up to 200 researchers of slave ancestry descent. AAGSAR’s primary goals: 1.) acclimate African American researchers to the smart technology tools capable of advancing their research, 2.) share core best practices and techniques to hone research skills and 3.) support researchers in migrating their family history online.
It’s been a FUN albeit AMAZINGLY CHALLENGING 3.5 months! Here’s just a “taste” of what’s brewing in our virtual kitchen!:)
- 5 January 2014: AAGSAR BLOGFEST! Since kicking-off in August AAGSAR’s supported 58 African American genealogy bloggers — 35 of those being NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG launching online! To kick-off the New Year, on January 5th we’ll host our first AAGSAR BLOGFEST! Starting at 9AM ET, EXPERIENCED bloggers will partner with NEW bloggers to meet 1 single goal — bringing ALL AAGSAR Tribe Members online with a blog or family site! That’s right, we could see the likes of 75-100 NEW genealogy blogs online before 11:59PM of that evening! Just to “toot our own horn”, take a peek at our active blogroll of AAGSAR Genealogy Bloggers!
- 15 January 2014: 6th Edition Carnival of African American Genealogy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #DREAMFORWARD. On November 19th we hosted our 5th CoAAG ~ REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival announcing our genealogy carnival being reborn and taking us back to our most endearing childhood church memories. REBIRTH was a very special CoAAG and received Genea-Musings Best of the Genea Blogs recognition last week! We’re now gearing-up for our 6th CoAAG in observance of Dr. King’s birthday on Jan 15th. We’ll partner with middle school students and a true community champion [fingers crossed] to deliver a CoAAG dedicated to affirming our commitment to move Dr. King’s #DREAMFORWARD! Here’s our recent 6th Edition CoAAG #DREAMFORWARD announcement. Stay-tuned for updates!:)
- 23andMe Sapelo Island Descendants DNA Testing. I’m working with 23andMe to coordinate DNA testing for the Gullah-Geechee descended Elders currently living on Sapelo Island. Until the recent FDA events we were making really good progress! We’re still in communication with 23andMe regarding the Sub-Saharan composition updates being rolled-out but in wait-mode with all 23andMe users to see where the future will lead us. I’ve been VERY appreciative of 23andMe’s direct engagement with me to facilitate the testing of one of our last existing communities of direct African descended elders. We might all be surprised to learn we have Gullah-Geechee roots!:)
As you can see there’s MUCH cooking in our kitchen — though not the feast you traditionally find served-up on this day! Nonetheless our meal is hearty, soul-fortifying and enough to keep us fed for many weeks to come!:)
I’ve always been a techie, community advocate and genealogist — these traits are as much my DNA as the WINGFIELD and BARWICK clans!:)
But we should be living every day thankfully with gratitude for life and another opportunity to get this damn thing right! We are creating our personal legacies EVERY DAY.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it eloquently…
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?
If you can’t quickly and easily answer that question, reach out — TODAY.
Y’all know where to find us!:)