Knowing Your Roots

Ken5-89 By Ken5-89, 7th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This post is about the information I learned when I did my history search.

My Family History Findings

Learning my roots, is something I dreamed about doing, for quite sometime. Last spring, I took went to my local library and begin doing searching away. I was surprised, to find out that I go back to slavery, from present day.

The Juicy Stuff
On my dad's side of the family, I found out something that could be scandalous. My great-great grandmother, Josephine, had a child out of weblock, my great-grandfather, Provine. To make things worse, her parents stepped in and raised the child for her. In the modern world, it is normal for a grandparent to raise their grandchildren, but it the 1920s Josephine would have been a embrassment to her family.

The Honorable Ancestor
My grandfather, Woodrow (dad's side of the family) was a Vietnam veteran. Woodrow, became a part of American history because the United State Military drated him. According to the documents, Woodrow, did two years and left the military.

The Sad Things
When I came to maternal grandfather side of the family, Jerry, I found a death certificate for his mother, Zennie. Zennie died at the young age of 25. My great grandmother was a widow at the time of her death and left behind six kids.

The Common Thing
This is something that I expected to find about the majority of my ancestors. While doing my family research, I found out that many of my ancestors were sharecropping families. In the American south, cotton is a touchy subject.

The Longest Branch
The line of my family tree with the most information is on my mom's side of the family. Through my maternal grandmother, I was able to go back to 1825, to a man born a slave, Thomas Watts. Thomas, was born in Fairfield County, in central South Carolina.

Something I could not Believe
Another ancestor, Thomas Smith, was illiterate. In modern times, many people have the ability to read, and I could not beleive that people could not read.

This is Only the Beginning
Now that I know a little more about my roots, I want to know more about who I am. I plan to go to my state archives and see what esle I can find. In additon, I plan to have an admixture test done and see what ethinicities I am made of. I am sure, I am mostly Sub-Saharan African.

The Big Project
Last but not least, I plan to put these stories into semifictional short stories. Writing the short stories is something I dreamed about doing since my childhood as well. I have a three stories that I am plotting out, with the intentions of releasing them one day. My biggest dream is a they are turned into movies.

In closing, I loved doing my family research. If this is something, you would like to do, go for it. Go to your local library and see if they have any resources to help you. However, you have to remember that doing your family history is a not a race, but a destination.

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Ancestors, Ancestry, Family Members, Family Relationships, Family-History

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I am Kendric. I like exploring interesting topics and sharing. I hope you enjoy my articles.

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author avatar Carol Roach
7th Dec 2015 (#)

I would love to as well but I know my history goes back to England and we don't even have a starting point for that.

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author avatar Ken5-89
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Ancestry is a good place to start. However, going back to England would be better, but that can be costly.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing. I love doing this type of research. It is fascinating, thrilling and scary at times. I was able to go back to the 1600s on my father's side. I have found that asking my elder relatives questions about our family has been a gold mine of information.

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author avatar Ken5-89
7th Dec 2015 (#)

I asked my grandma a few
questions. It is scary to discover documents that are over 100 years old, but exciting when you find something new. I like it.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
7th Dec 2015 (#)

I forgot to add that it will be really cool to add your findings to stories. Good luck on your search.

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author avatar Ken5-89
7th Dec 2015 (#)

I am excited about creating the stories. I have a title and begin plotting out ideas for the stories. I might put them on Amazon Kindle and see if other people are interested in them.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Mine should be from South India for generations and I will try to dig out more - but hopefully all will be clear "later" when I meet everyone from "day one"! siva

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author avatar Ken5-89
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Good luck! I hope you get a lot of information about your ancestors.

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author avatar jak2010
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Good article and interesting comments from our community. I come from an oral culture and I can only go back 5 generations if I want trace my history. Anything beyond that stories get complicated and mixed up. Thank you for the share.

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