Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Cemetery Graves

Memorial Day was initially a federal holiday to commemorate the dead soldiers after the Civil War.  It latter developed into a day to remember deceased relatives. Memorial Day for me as a child symbolized the beginning of summer.   My family would have a cookout and invite friends over for barbecue.  My deceased relative’s graves were hundreds of miles away.  I rarely visited a cemetery.     

As I became older, I attended more funerals--- immediate family members and close friends were dying.    This Memorial Day I will not be going to a cemetery.  I will be working.     I plan however to visit cemeteries to find ancestors and friends graves.  I want to know that their remains have not been desecrated.  These people who were dear to me are not forgotten.  

Look at the Burr Oak Cemetery incident. 

My father was buried in a Chicago, Illinois cemetery not  Burr Oak Cemetery.  I have his plot number but his headstone is missing.   I will  plan this year to investigate what can be done. If someone has had a similar problem and or solution let me know. has a mobile telephone camera app which allows you to photograph a headstone, transcribe the information and locate the grave in the future.  I plan to use this app when I find locate my friends and family trees graves.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Jones Genealogist: To Genealogist Everywhere: We are the Chosen

The Jones Genealogist: To Genealogist Everywhere: We are the Chosen: We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mississippi County Map

Mississippi County Map

What Is In A Name?

One of the reasons genealogy research is interesting to me is trying to find the history of my ancestors which helped shape me. When researching black African American genealogy, the search has many elements to consider.  The surname may be from a slave master at the Emancipation Proclamation, former slave master or an adopted name.  Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was a famous former slave.  He changed his name to Frederick Douglass. Araminta "Minty" Ross is known as Harriett Tubman.  Booker  T.  Washington took the surname Washington from his mother’s husband Washington Ferguson.    These famous former slaves could not verify with certainty the exact year of their birth or biological fathers.  I am however optimistic that my efforts to discover linage will be good.    We now have DNA testing and the Internet which can record, search and shared family history stories. 

My starting point I have made several assumptions concerning my ancestors that 1) predominately of African ancestry 2) they were slaves  3) their surname is the name of the former slave owner 4) the emancipated slaves lived in the same geographic area as their former masters 5) emancipated slaves with the same surname are related. 
None of these assumptions maybe true.
My research of African American Brumfield ancestors and related trees has focused predominately in Pike, Amite, Marion, Walthall, Lincoln counties in Mississippi and Washington Parish, Louisiana.   
In an attempt to trace the origin of the surnames in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana,   I initially referred to a detailed genealogy of the ancestors of Glenn Brumfield and the book  Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi 1798 - 1910  by Luke Ward Conerly. These sources describe the early family settlers with listed surnames I have researched. These sources mention the Caucasian families who migrated from North Carolina, South Carolina  and Virginia.   In the Luke Conerly's book, he mentions geneologies, church records, census, military records , individuals who own slaves and a few black people who lived in these communities.  Are there any other available sources?    Post let me know.   ------- Tree Gardener

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trees in the garden

I have been involved in genealogy research for almost 20 years. The first tree that I began my initial investigation was the black African American Brumfield family of Pike County, Mississippi. From this research, it has lead to other branches of the Brumfield tree and neighboring trees. No family lives in isolation having friends and neighbors whose lives intertwine together which shape personal history.   I have included other family trees on my research journey which have had an influence on my ancestors and me.  My personal goals are to learn about the history of the United States, share information, tear down brick walls and include others in my research journey.

I have been researching the genealogy of the following surnames Barnes, Bearden, Brumfield, Bullock, Caston, Donnell, Edwards, Gatlin, Goff,  Power, Raybon, Smith, Stacher, Strickland, Thomas, Watkins & Wynn.   These trees are in the following states Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, South Carolina, Texas, New York, Tennessee & Louisiana. These surnames have been selected because they are connected or related to the Brumfield family. -------- Tree Gardener  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012