Finding My Fleming Family (Actually, They Found Me)

September 25, 2016.  I receive an email notification on Ancestry.com from Patrice Ambeau-Royal, my 3rd cousin, once removed.  I did not know she existed and this was my first correspondence with her.  You might be saying to yourself, “Well, how do you really know she is your cousin?”   The quick answer: Because of two simple …

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I’ve Waited 10 Years For This Document!

Due to the State of Louisiana’s policy that ordering certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Louisiana less than 51 years ago is prohibited, I’ve had to wait 10 years to to acquire this death record for my 3x great grandmother’s sister, Delia Washington Brown, better known as “Aunt Dutsey.”  Well, I …

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You Can Tell A Tree By The Fruit That It Bears

Matthew 7: 17-20 (New International Version) “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit …

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NEW DISCOVERY: The Newspaper Death Notice of my Great Grandmother, Florence Hamilton Williams

Yesterday, I visited my 94 year old grandfather, Milton Williams in Oakland, California. He told me that although he was 6 years old when his mother died, he remembered certain details about the funeral.  He remembered asking family members why they were crying.  He then said “I even remember the church where her funeral occurred. …

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Finding My Maternal Ancestors: A Dream Come True!

In my very first post, I mentioned that my grandmother taught me to memorize the previous seven generations of my maternal ancestors at the age of 8 years old.  I am so thankful to my grandmother, the late Leona Whitley Williams, for speaking their names into my mind and heart. Those names came to life …

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William Maddox, the White Confederate Who Loved a Black Family

As I continue researching my 3rd great-grandmother, Artimease Wederstrandt Benton, a former slave and widow of a Civil War United States Colored Troop (USCT),  I’m amazed at the untold, underlying stories revealed during her life and times.  It’s taught me that the Antebellum and Postbellum South–Louisiana in particular, have a very complex history.  When I …

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A Nine Year Search Has Come to an End!!!

FINALLY!   For nine long years I’ve searched for my 2nd great-grandmother’s maiden name and I finally found it! I acquired her death record in 2013, but there was no vital information on it. She is Mamie PENNY, wife of Edward Benton, my 2nd great-grandfather.  My grandfather’s sister, my Aunt Marguerite, told me her mother, …

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