10 December 2017

A BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY ARRIVED IN THE MAIL

At this special time of year I like to tell a special story.


I recently learned of a something quite beautiful that happened for a man who, because his mother was very ill for many years and his father abandoned them, had to bounce around with relatives, was put into foster care, was himself in a children's hospital for some time, and then went to an orphanage. He was born into poverty and his grandparents who took care of him were elderly and ailing when it was decided that when he started school he would have to move from their household. This man is nearing 80 years old now.


Several years ago a mystery package arrived in the mail.


I contained a carefully put together scrapbook.  Someone had put all the letters that had been received from his mother in chronological order.  The person who sent this scrapbook is probably not the person to whom the letters were addressed.


He and his wife sat together and read one letter after another that his mother had written, expressing her love for him, her concern for him, and they cried their eyes out.


His mother had died in the 1950's.
Someone had saved the letters.
The person that they were addressed to cannot be found, they say. It was too long ago.


Soon I'm going to try and find someone who might be related to her.
Just in case.


Merry Christmas!

23 November 2017

THANKSGIVING IS FOR FRIENDSHIP TOO


Our harvest festival of PLENTY.

THANKSGIVING DONE RIGHT is my favorite holiday.
It's spiritual, not religious, and it's important to invite your friends who don't have
local family.

18 November 2017

PILGRIMS IN THE FAMILY TREE ?

EXCERPT:
Alden was among the 100 or so European men, women, and children who boarded the Mayflower bound for America in September 1620, but after the first winter only about 50 remained to face the New World. From that modest number came estimated millions who could claim a direct lineage to the Mayflower voyagers. Yet very few of those have assembled the irrefutable proof to join the official ranks of Pilgrim descendants.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, an organization whose mission is to “honor the memory of those who made that perilous voyage,’’ was chartered in Boston in 1897 and now had 52 chapters nationwide. Only those with Pilgrim blood ties are admitted as members. About 82,268 descendants have been documented in the 113 years since the society was established.


YOU CAN ASK THE MAYFLOWER SOCIETY FOR SOME HELP, but it's up to you to prove you're related.


http://archive.boston.com/news/history/articles/2010/09/12/pilgrims_in_the_family_tree/


11 November 2017

ROY HAMILTON - CHEROKEE NATION GENEALOGIST - LECTURE



Roy Hamilton, Cultural Advisor, Genealogist, and Project Manager with the Cherokee Nation

CHEROKEE BY BLOOD or BY CITIZENSHIP of THE CHEROKEE NATION?
BIOLOGY DOES NOT MAKE YOU A CITIZEN OF THE NATION.

ARE THE DAWES ROLLS THE END ALL?

NOTES:

1830's began the notion of blood quantum.
For the Cherokee you were or you were not.  The mother is the key, the mother holds the clan.
Trail of Tears - Cherokee Towns in various locations (currently many states).
Nancy Ward descendants.