Mother’s Side

DNA Just Demolished a MAJOR Brickwall For My 95 Year Old Grandfather

This DNA discovery may be my most significant genealogical find to date.  Three years ago my 92 year old maternal grandfather, Milton Williams asked me if I would help him find out about his paternal ancestry. I gave him my word that I would do everything in my power to do so. I knew it …

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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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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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Where Was This Picture Taken? (UPDATE)

I told one of my co-workers about the picture my cousin sent me and he found this article about Ferries in the 1950’s that may have solved the mystery. The 8th paragraph from the bottom states: “Another “walking beam” vessel, the SACRAMENTO, was also a 1922 rebuild, but her hull and machinery were launched in 1877 …

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Where Was This Picture Taken?

My cousin emailed this photo to me today, but we can’t figure out where it was taken.  The two young girls are my grandmother, Leona Edna Mae Whitley (Right) and her younger sister, Coralee Whitley, natives of Berkeley, CA. I would assume this picture was taken around 1930 even though it is dated “Oct 27 …

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