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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

The Discouraging Side of This Research

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

I have been doing a great deal of research on my family history and I said that I would not stop until I learn all there is to know. Lately there has been reasons why I have wanted to end this journey. The main reason is lack of cooperation from others. The other reason would be lack of honest communication. I find that families have so many secrets and it is very discouraging.

What people don't seem to understand is that it is often times the smallest bit of information that can lead you down another path, the right path. Still, some find the need to keep these secrets as though they are unique. We all make mistakes and bad decisions in our lives, and we can just hope that we and others can learn from them. Our forefathers have done the same, just lived life the best they knew how.

History is filled with embarrassing things. I know because there are many things that embarrasses me in the history of my country.

The truth is always a liberating thing, sometimes it is painful, but always liberating.

I have made contact with some wonderful new people throughout my research and that has been great, but there is so much more to do, and again extremely time consuming.

I hope to go to East Africa soon, not for my research but for my spirit. However, I wish that I knew more about where my people could have possibly come from in Africa because I may be able to learn something about them there. One of my newly discovered cousins is willing to take a DNA test to learn more about the lineage of the McRae side, but the hardest thing is to find the right test. Just maybe I can have this information before I travel to Africa, if not, then it will be a return trip.

I intend to take some immersion language courses while I am there in Kiswahili. This is something I should do anyway because my husband is from Tanzania, and I will always have someone to practice with so I will not lose it.

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