Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Talented Tuesday -- The music of our heritage...blues & spirituals

As I began researching the church history of my husband's family church, I ordered a copy of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Bicentennial Hymnal. The book I am currently working on is structured by thematic songs. For the segment on church history, I chose the Spiritual, "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me."

In this age we are blessed with the ability to tap into technology and hear almost any song you might like to listen to by searching YouTube or Google Videos. In my search, I came across an artist whose rendition gives me a feeling of what life might have been like in days gone by.

Here is Eric Bibb, the son of Leon Bibb, the Godson of Paul Robeson...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Follow Friday -- Adding four to follow

This past week I added four blogs to my follow list. They weren't all new blogs...just new to me.

Byerly Family Connections via GeneaBloggers
There are no Byerlys in our family tree. While some of my husband's family originated in South Carolina, none came from Newberry County. No one in our family migrated to Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee nor Texas. Germany served only as a stop-over point in my maternal grandfather's family....So why am I following this blog? It was Teresa Barley's writing style that drew me in and made me want to read more. 

Clue Wagon: via the Armchair Genealogist
While this blog was promoted for its About Me page, it was the clean and colorful design that drew me in initially. But what really did it for me was Lynn Palermo's link to Kerry Scott's post: What to do with a 547 - page Probate File. I had just received a 157 page Civil War Pension File and began a serialized Amanuensis Monday post to transcribe the file and work on analysis and collateral information. Kerry, however, just blew me out of the water with her enthusiasm and straight-forward approach.

NC Buffalo Soldiers: in a search for info on the 14th Regiment Heavy Artillery USCT
The other day I was head-long into a search for collateral information on The Winter of 1864 and the 14th Heavy Artillery USCT. I had received a phone call from the Buncombe County Public Libraries (BCPL) Inter-Library Loan Department...the microfilmed newspapers I was searching for could not be located on WorldCat.org as described in the Guide to Newspapers on Microfilm in the North Carolina State Archives (NCSA). One line of search after another led to my finding this interesting post [link provided above] regarding a white soldier who served as a member of the 2nd NC Infantry. I was surprised to find that these Infantrymen were called Buffalo Soldiers. So I Googled "Buffalo Soldiers" and came across the article: Eastern North Carolinians in the Union Army: The First and Second North Carolina Union Volunteer Regiments, by Dr. Donald E. Collins. This article has opened up a whole new line of inquiry, as I had always been told that the Buffalo Soldiers were African-American Calverymen who were involved in the Indian Wars in the Western Territory. However, Paul Branch, the Fort Macon historian, had also published an article entitled, Fort Macon as a Shelter for Buffaloes. But that will be the subject of another investigation at a later time. What kept me interested in this blog was the clear grave site photos combined with documentation, commentary and genealogy...

Provenance: from the Armchair Genealogist via GeneaBloggers
Finally, this blog touched upon a completely different sphere of interest for me...while the author's family had been victims of The Shoah (or, Holocaust), my family had fled the Russian Empire (now the areas of Vilnius & Kaunas, Lithuania) during the Pogroms of Czar Nicholas II. Judy Wilkenfeld's family history, as she presented it, brought tears to my eyes and tenderness to my heart. I left a comment on her post, and she promptly emailed me that her family had also originated in Kaunas. She recently made a genealogical trip to their homeland and gathered 65 documents. I am hoping that this new connection will help me to find that which first started me on my genealogical journey....