"Ancestors never die until there is no one to call their names." ~ An African Proverb

New Kids On The Blog

It’s that time when everyone is focused on making resolutions to make themselves better for the new year. I decided long ago not to make resolutions, but rather set attainable goals to accomplish throughout the year.

While reflecting on my research last year I noticed that I was making some progress, but I had no clear focus. I was relying on my ancestors to guide me and help me discover what they wanted me to see, when they wanted me to find it. However, I lost the “drive” to follow those clues and I was struggling for inspiration. I gave up writing and attending webinars. I even stopped attending my local genealogy group’s meetings. I knew that if I wanted to continue to break down brick walls I was going to need to find something or someone to give me that extra push.

Almost like clockwork, my ancestors seemed to be screaming at me to keep going. I happened to click on a random email that told of an African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research Group (AAGSAR) that would be having a blogging event in January. When I found their Facebook group I was so excited that I dove in and started reading all of their archives. Luckie Daniels had assembled people like me that understood the power of researching together and sharing with each other.

Now, I have a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm to carry into 2014. One of the most important goals that I set was to continue my collaboration with living descendants I found in my research. I cannot put into words how satisfying it was to find and correspond with cousins that I hope to meet in person one day. They help me understand the individuals that were my ancestors, and even without any existing photographs I can see them clearly. I need to fill out these profiles completely and remember that they are more than just data from records. I am more than confident that my new family at the AAGSAR will help keep me on that path and I hope that more people will catch that fever!

Follow our journey at New Kids On The Blog.

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6 responses

  1. Bernita

    So happy that you have renewed your desire to continue your research. Your ancestors called you and you certainly answered. I can see that you’re excited. AAGSAR really knows how to “light that fire”. Good luck with your research.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    • RootsGenie

      Thanks so much, Bernita! I have learned so much from the “tribe” in the past few days. It is such an amazing group and I enjoy reading and following all of your blogs as well. I can’t wait to share in the success that will come from all of our efforts!

      January 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  2. M. Dawn

    So glad you are a part of AAGSAR now, Tiffiny, and look forward to reading about your ancestors in future posts!

    January 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    • RootsGenie

      Thanks M. Dawn! Still working out the kinks but I hope to be posting more regularly after BLOGFEST!

      January 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  3. I’m so glad that you didn’t give up and you heard your ancestors calling!! We all have so much to share with each other and I’m glad you found this group and we can all be on this journey sharing and supporting and encouraging each other. Great job!!!!

    January 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

    • RootsGenie

      Thank you Nique! I am looking forward to all of our success moving forward! 🙂

      January 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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