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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

Who did you Really start with?

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

We all know that researching African American genealogy is often difficult and there are times when you don't think you will ever find out about that one ancestor that was born in the mid-1800s. The problem is we don't know where to look.

Tony Burroughs outlined some building blocks in researching African American families. These I have found to be very helpful and as we know it all begins with the oral history and family records that we already have.  The one place we don't start is with ourselves and with our own parents.  Yes, of course we have and start with all of the vital information, like birthday, wedding anniversary,  and place of birth; but what about those details that we are now wanting to learn about those that we can no longer ask. Things like when they learned to read, the name of their first grade teacher, when did they know what it was that they wanted to do for the rest of their lives,; real questions about their lives.

Have you  even documented this stuff about yourself, so your grands and great grands will know who you were?  Well I didn't think of doing this myself at all, and this is the exact information I want to know about my ancestors.  I want to know what internal factors shaped their lives.

So I have decided that I am going to start with myself and write these stories about me and my parents and even my one daughter.  This should be a  really fun project.  I am hoping that some of you would join me in doing  the same and share some of your stories here. You can either do it through comments or send me an email and I can add it as a post. It would be really exciting.

I will start with five of the Questions in the post 'Stop the Silence' and am looking forward to learning more about my family.
            
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First Five Questions to Get This Party Started

1.  What is your full name and why did your parents choose that name for you?

2.  Where were you born and how did your family come to live there?

3.   Did you have family chores growing up and what was your least favorite?

4.   Did you have a family pet? And if so what was your pets name?

5.   What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them
       personally affect your family?

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1 comments:

Tonya Keitt Kalule said...

1. My Full name is Tonya Denise Keitt Kalule and my mother's baby sister Helen who was only 17 years old at the time is who named me.

2. I was born in Savannah, Ga. where both of my parents were also born.

3.Yes I did have family chores and the biggest was washing the dishes after every meal and being the only child, there was no one else to share that chore with.

4.I had several pets,mostly dogs, and even a pair of rabbits, but the most memorable was a German Sheppard named Rex. I had him since I was 6 years old until I was 16years.

5. My mother tells me the story of when I was a little girl and was watching TV when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, I was only 2 years old. I started calling for her telling her that the President was shot.
Those that know me know that I am quite the talker, and I was told that I was talking quite well since I was 10 months old, but I was too lazy to walk.

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