Some Friday Wisdom… Character

11.3.31 - Character

You Got Roots?! | Sunday, 2 March 2014 @ 6PM ET | @AAGSARFacebook


Old Freedman ~ Marshall, Texas 1939Don’t EVER allow anyone to tell you African American researchers aren’t taking their Ancestor challenges seriously, digging deep and bringing their family histories online for community sharing and preservation!

To quote AAGSAR Tribe Member Kristin CLEAGE of Finding Eliza:

“…Got to say I’m so happy my cousins are sending me copies of all the documents and photos that they find in drawers and boxes and are happy for me to put it online and share. I think one reason many people don’t do a blog or use technology is because nobody ever told them they could, or how they could. The more of us that do it, the more of us that will do it.”

Our African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR) group hosted via Facebook has supported nearly 200 BRICK SLAYERS and 55 genealogy blog contributors (30 of those NEW bloggers) since kicking-off just 90 days ago!

Our Ancestors have entrusted us to tell their stories. We’re committed to preserving our individual family legacies and moving our collective community research forward.

If you have ANY DOUBT, spend time visiting the AAGSAR Genealogy Blogs below!

Yes indeed, I’m tooting ALL your ANCESTOR horns!

Well done Good People!:)



AAGSAR Official CHEAT SHEET: Surviving The Principal, TRIBE & 21st Century Slave Ancestry Research

Zora Neal Hurston ~ Many Rivers to Cross PBSAlright then! By way of Facebook prompt, word of mouth, referral and/or Ancestors, you’ve recently joined the African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Community on Facebook and I assume, have read Who In The Heck is AAGSAR & Why Don’t Y’all Like White People?! to learn more about the Ancestor-waters you’re about to leap into!

For you a Cheat Sheet of how to survive The Principal (that’s me!:), The TRIBE (our AAGSAR Community) and Slave Ancestry Research in the 21st Century (our work).

“Slave Ancestry Research is a process requiring a BOATLOAD of patience & CSI detective skills! Your ANCESTORS are worth it!” ~ @AAGSARFacebook Twitter

  • Come Prepared to Work. AAGSAR is a NO OBSERVERS forum. EVERYONE owns their work. There’s no MAGIC PILL for Slave Ancestry research. Thriving in our Community requires commitment to work and openness to technology.
  • Did You Say Technology? AAGSAR is a collaborative, TECHNOLOGY-centric, Community focused on 3 primary goals. If any of the 3 frighten you, your choices are — a.) run NOW or b.) face what frightens you! Learn. Grow. Reclaim your Ancestry! Make your choice and move forward:

“Luckie and all, I am overwhelmed with this page! It is […]


Catie WINGFIELD-DORSEYMystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

Challenge: Under what conditions was Catie given and/or sold to J.M. Dickey in 1859-60 & which CODY owner was involved in this transaction?
Ancestor(s): 4th Great Grandmother Catherine WINGFIELD DORSEY (b. abt 1850 – d. 1933)
Others: Slaveowners – Robert Donnelson CODY & Rev. James Madison DICKEY
Years: 1859-1865
Tribe(s): Georgia – Wilkes & Warren County
Summary: Mystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints


  1. Did Minister Dickey purchase Catie or was she loaned by her CODY owner?
  2. Where did Catie go, once Reverend DICKEY left Wilkes in 1862 — still 3 years before Emancipation?
  3. Who Pastored Smyrna Church AFTER Rev. DICKEY? Could Catie have been given to another family in 1862/63?
  4. How did Minister DICKEY cross paths with Catie’s owner anyway? What was their connection?


Luckie Daniels – What Reference Materials Do I Need?

  • Estate Inventory for Robert Donelson CODY
  • Will of Robert D. CODY
  • Confirmation of HARDSHELL BAPTIST church attendance by Robert CODY
  • Insurance Policy if Catie was “loaned” to DICKEY
  • Smyrna Church Roster/Minutes
  • DICKEY bible […]

Announcements: Facebook African-American Genealogy Research Group!

EufaulaSlaves ~ BARBOUR, ALSince it doesn’t appear the Ancestors plan to release me of my research responsibilities to this family any time soon, we might as well dive back in!:)

I’ve started a new African-American genealogy group via Facebook so we can connect with other online family members and friends in a forum that’s familiar!

If you’re already on Facebook you can join the group here: African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research. If you’re not currently on Facebook NOW is the perfect time to join!:)

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