Thursday, January 1, 2015

Are you my Cousin?

HapPy NeW YeAr! From My True Roots!

This is the year "I claim it" in 2015 to be a new Cousin FOUND Kind of Year! through Paper trail or DNA.

Go Take a Look!
Let me know If We have "Someone" in common. I'm always looking for Family and anything you add to my Ancestors Story in the Tree of Life. I embrace you here!
I'll be following Thomas MacEntee for a 13 week  Do-Over to help me fix years of Research and giving it a well needed tuneup! You can follow us along at  Geneabloggers!

So here I come 2015! Ancestors and All! possibly a Surprise in the Mix! Wishing all my Fellow Bloggers for all the Best. I'll be visiting you! to see what your stories your Kin have to tell!

Happy Hunting!

Family Surnames

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FGS 2015 Is this your 1st Time?

My 1st Trip to a Family History Library Center was in Milwaukee Wisconsin! on LaGrange Avenue. 

From where I lived it took me about 45 minutes each week on a Tuesday to visit. 

I was anxious and nervous. I just arrived after living in Seattle for 3 years. So my basic research was Oral History and what I could find online. I had joined in 1997. So for 6 years that is what I could do. I was far far away from any of my Ancestral Homes of Research. I was new at Genealogy. So this was another 1st step!

It was like my 1st Day of School. I had my backpack ready. Pencils sharpened, I was finally gonna be around other Family Historians and Family Researchers. Genealogist. It was Awesome!

Is this your 1st time? I was asked. Me: YeS!....

When I arrived someone was there to Greet me and Explain the usage of the place and where everything was located and reassured me they were just around the bend to answer any questions and assist me. 

Before I got started they asked if I could sign the registry and let me know there was a donation box. I happily obliged! 

In my early days of research I had got a TiP that this is where you go to actually see documents and find things you couldn't online. They had a assortment of records. All the hours of painstakingly trying to read, magnify, write notes. Stay concentrated! as well as do the "ButtDance" on those folding chairs, all the while trying to keep warm. It was Milwaukee, Wisconsin. LoL. 

I remember my 1st Day. I was in Genealogy School. 

The microfiche!!! 

that I  hadn't used since probably High School were in full effect. All lined up. Access to what genealogy sites were around during that time period. My 1st Computer was a Gateway, it was after 9-11 and I was just getting use to the new systems. That is when I would go into Walmart and get a Free AOL disc every 30 days. Then I moved up to paying every month. I can't even remember when it became FREE I was with them for so long. 

It's also were the Ladies taught me how to use Family Group Sheets. Record Logs. Which I miss and every now and then. I have to get back to using them. I need to brush up on my habits of the Genealogical Proof that I learned so early. Now it's a habit I haven't kept up with and must go over some of my work and correct as I have gotten computer savvy and lazy. 

One thing those early teachings taught me were seeds that I can continue to grow on. They were the "Golden Days" of Genealogy and those things I was taught you can never go wrong with even with today's technology.

I haven't been back to LaGrange Avenue. The Army ended up sending us elsewhere. Your Home is where the Army sends you. So If I could! 

I would like to say Thank You to the Ladies there! They had patience with me. Little did they know they were teaching me so much in their small gestures.

So if FGS2015 Conference is your 1st Time!

Go and Look at my Fellow 2015 FGS Ambassadors.

 They have some GREAT Advice on Getting Your Trip Planned for SUCCESS!

I'm taking ADVICE from All my FGS2015Ambassadors

2015FGS Ambassador Jen Baldwin  from Ancestral Breezes had a Good Plan to Follow if it's your 1st Time going to FGS Conference!! She put together a Great List of "To do Things" and How to have Success!


FGS2015 Ambassador Diane MacLean Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family!

You still have time to REGISTER and Get out to the Largest and Historical Moment in Time for FGS2015 Conference combined with Rootstech

February 11th - 14th. Salt Lake City!

Hurry it's Not to Late!

2015FGS Registration!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 FGS Conference: Why Should YoU Go?

2015 FGS Conference  with Rootstech Conference! Is Your Way to Register & Connect with Us!  

Why Should YoU Go? It's a Whole New World! In the movie Aladdin!Remember that Song? ... 100,000 things to see... A new fantastic point of view....With new Horizons to pursue...Every turn a surprise...That's where we'll be! A Wondrous Place for you and Me! Just had to throw a few lyrics in there! You get the Point, Don't Ya! 

Why Should YoU Go?

That's Why Should YoU Go! You will be amongst your OWN. Good Folks who love doing what you do with the bigger Purpose about Researching and Technology and all the best tools we can use to advance. Knowledge from all the many General Session lessons. Special Events & Luncheons. Organization skills.  Fellowship! and how we can all Move together Collectively!

My Reasons for Participating in 2015FGS! I had to get my feet wet! I had to jump in, go full steam ahead! That is why I decided to ask to help as being a 2015 FGS AmbassadorFor years I have been a Stay at Home Genealogist

Now I'm a Family History Blogger. I took the steps in joining my Ancestral Historical Society and that has lead me to being involved with 2015FGS Conference to take my Research to another Level.

This October I went for the very 1st Time to Bullock County, Alabama to visit my Mentor and Attend my Historical Society Meeting. I belong to Bullock County Historical Society. What a Joy! I live in Kentucky so I get my Newsletter monthly. I follow my Fellow Members that way because I can't be there all the time. 

It was so Good to see the faces, to put the names of our Members faces together. I really felt the Love, and they Welcomed me with open arms and said the same about me; Now we see the face to your name! I felt the Importance of why I needed to be part of Historical Society. When I first started I would go to my local Courthouse and Historical Society in the area even tho my Ancestors weren't from that place just to gain experience. Those were the baby steps I took. Now I'm ready for the Big League!

My Spratlan our President introduced us to the Probate Judge  who attended as well, Judge James E. Tatum. So of course I was beyond myself when I saw him. I see his name on many ordered documents. I finally got to see him in person. 
I have to do my research on site or through snail mail in this County.

My True Roots
Rev. Streeter * President Spratlan * Judge Tatum 

 Once a month Mr. Spratlan chooses a location within the County to hold the Meetings. That month in October 2014, the 2nd Sunday in the Month, the location was New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Thompson, Alabama. The Pastor of the Church was in attendance Rev. Henry Streeter.  

My True Roots
New Mt. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

If I didn't belong to a Historical Society or Attend a 2015FGS Conference, I wouldn't know this Joy of Genealogy in whole new Light and World. Gain all this knowledge to take the next steps to finding my Ancestors

I hope I gave you some Insight into

                           Why Should You Go?

Here is where you can Register for "2015 FGS Registration"! You don't want to Miss it!

Hope to see You there! 

 Also, take a Look at a Old Blog I did for My Mentor and Historical Society President. It's my Show of Appreciation. Down Below!
    Old Guard

My True Roots
Me & Mr. Spratlan

See Ya Soon!

Best Regards, True!

Your 2015 FGS Ambassador!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Did You Collect as a Youth?

My Genealogy Friend Randy Seaver! over at Genea-Musings! Just like the Title of his Blog he is so Amusing! Smart as a Whip! and has Great Blog Pieces. He asked the Question, What did you Collect as a Youth? I had to return "The Call"......

Here's some of my quirks of Collecting when I was a "Youth"! This is for you Randy! Thanks for sharing your Collections! 

I Collected:

  •  Cartoon Clippings. My favorite was Love Is......
  •  Cartoon Clippings. 2nd one was Family Circus.
  •  NoTe's. From school chums, I passed a lot of NoTe's in school and kept them in a shoebox. Today I still do that all over my house. I have NoTe's everywhere, very so, I named my Blog "NoTe's To MySeLf".  Jeffrey was so Naughty, I always thought he should of got a Spanking for all of his Antics.  He had a Good Mother! (*giggling*) The LOVE is.....I was always having a "Romantic" moment somewhere in my head with these. I'm glad I got to break them out and commiserate on them, through Randy.
These are just a few. I have them put away for a "Rainy Day".

My True Roots
Love Is....

Family Circus

If you want to Participate or Follow along, Add your's!
To Randy's Blog @ What Did you Collect as a Youth or 
Google+ it!

Randy reminded me of what I use to do on a Saturday night when I couldn't go out because I used up my Friday night instead. I wasn't allowed to do both days. Sundays were reserved for Church and Sunday Dinner. So sitting home with no Siblings. This is a few of would what end of up as many Collections as I got Older.

Many Thanks to Randy Seaver

Best Regards, True! from NoTe's To MySeLf,  of "My True Roots".

Friday, November 14, 2014

Many Rivers To Cross, PBS.

PBS Many Rivers to Cross
Many Rivers To Cross

 This LINK takes you to my own Personal Story Submission:

  My True Roots ~ Many Rivers To Cross 

Share Your Stories 
Except from where you submit your Story and Here is Why?

African-American history has played an integral role in the shaping of politics, economics, and culture in the United States. Growing up, how did you learn about the accomplishments and struggles of African Americans? Were you in a classroom? Reading a book? Talking with relatives or friends? How has your understanding or knowledge of African-American history changed and/or developed over time? What do you think is the most effective way to pass along this rich and growing history to future generations?

Me & Daddy, 1977. 

I wrote on behalf of my Family for "Many Rivers To Cross".....

This is what I submitted for Record for PBS and Dr. Henry Louis Gates.

I was at the age of 9 in 1977, when I stared listening and asking questions of my Dad about our Family. I don't know who took this picture of me and my Daddy but it reflects on what I have doing ever since. Trying to piece together my family roots, it was the same year that summer my Grandma Queen Daniel Miles passed away.

"Roots" came on television. I wanted to know more. Little did I know it was called "Genealogy" back then. So here I am now, still getting those Oral History interviews in writing "NoTes To MySeL f " by way of blogging.

Doing all I can in research even as far as doing DNA testing. It's fulfilling, it takes time and patience. My Greatest Readers are not born yet, I have to keep telling our stories. It's my responsibility to keep Honoring our Ancestors!

I hope I'm starting lo live up to my Name and seek what is 'TRUE" for my family........

Was Submitted Publicly  during October 22 ~ November 26, 2013.
For Premiere of "Many Rivers to Cross".

For the Record and For My Remembrance.


By:   True A. Lewis

Map of Bullock County ~ Midway, Alabama

Bullock County Alabama Home of My Ancestors in Midway

Made December 4, 2010 

Friday, November 7, 2014

"My True Roots" turns 2 !

My Very 1st Blog! was 2 Years Ago!
November 7th, 2012 at 2:32pm in Honor of my Dad on the Day he Passed.
Read Below

My True Roots
2nd Blogiversary

YeS! LORD!......yes LORD! 
I Just want to "ThaNk YOu"! 

I PrAiSe YOU! I Thank You for Guiding Me : for Holding Me: for keeping me in your HaNds : All Day and All Night : I lie my FaIth in nothing but You: above all else,Your are my STrengTh! With YoU all This is Possible. Thank You for that "Quiet Place"......


To: My Entire Family...There are so many that take my calls, my email, my text at any Given hour. You all know who you Are.  For Bettye, Bug (My Father) Bobby & Corky.  Without you all placing your Trust in Me this wouldn't be Possible. I'm Grateful for you all taking time to help me. Thank you for all your Prayers & Encouragement. Please know that every Word and Picture I place on my Blog is because you have Contributed

I don't Do My True Roots alone.

My Friends ~ Fellow Bloggers ~ My Genealogy Community ~ 

You, My Readers the most faithful of them ALL, have stuck by me * encouraged me *  prompted me *  gave me criticism when needed * advised, taking my Hand and Walking with Me all the way through. 
I Thank YOU!

For The House That Built Me

Daddie and Mom

James E. Lewis 1918 ~ November 7th,2009
 Tinnie L. Miles Lewis 1923 ~ November 11th, 2008

My Sweet November

I never Walk alone.......
I'm Posting this Blogiversary Piece on the same Date and Time as I did for my Very 1st Post. November is always Bittersweet, both the People I Love and Miss! passed away on this month. Mom passed away on Veterans Day that year on a Tuesday the 11th. Daddy followed her 361 days later on my Army Retirement date. November 7th.  They left me that "Sweet" as a Remembrance always. They don't have to worry about me Forgetting them. 
What a Journey I have been on.
I do this Work of Recording our Family History and Genealogy because of them. They unashamedly taught me so many lessons that will carry me through Life. They poured so many stories and documents from the Ancestors onto me. I was the Vessel. I'm Grateful that they took the time to answer so many Questions from my inquisitive mostly nosey self. Always questioning this and that. I wouldn't have half of what I can write to you if it wasn't for them. 

Thank You Everyone
Thanks for stopping over and reading about my Family History for the last 2 years. It's Very Much Appreciated! Thanks for all your Comments and NoTe's! and simply taking the time. Please keep coming by as I grow. It's been a Very Great 2 years with all your Support. I hope I'm growing and learning more each day to become my Family's Griot. Telling Our Stories better as time goes on. 

So many Exciting & Positive Blessings  happening for 

My True Roots! 

 My Sankofa Journey to Georgia and Alabama in October and some Great Finds for future Blog Posts, Attending my Historical Society Meeting for the 1st time in 4 years. Learning about my DNA ! and my Haplogroups: U5b1c2 and E1b1a7a! and where I come from!, it's been a Honor for me to be chosen as a 2015 FGS Ambassador  for the Federation of Genealogical Societies

Having a segment on my Family History Revealed on something even I knew nothing about! as much as I research! on PBS  for Genealogy Roadshow

Keep the Faith! & know your Ancestors are with you, Guiding You......

Don't forget to click the LINK at the TOP on my very 1st Blog Piece. To see how I got started from 2 years ago.... to now. 

 Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

My True Roots