Family Affair

Keitt|Sapp|Shumake|McRae|McMillian|Clark|Ryal - All from Georgia

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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

This blog started out as a way to communicate to my family the wonders that I find while researching the history of our ancestors. Through this site I have been able to report the historic findings  of those that are no longer here to tell their story,  also to share the newly discovered relatives that we did not even know existed.

This research is truly a labor of love, and I sharing it on this site is even more exciting.  I also want this site to be a place where other African Americans that are researching their family's history can come for guidance.  I am learning so much while working on this site and my family's history and I want to share that with all that of those that are interested in researching their own history.

I am sure that many of you have heard how powerful it is to know where you come from, about the struggles of those that came before you.  I am just learning how true that is. I am constantly amazed at how much  I still don't know.

I have met some of these newly found relatives and discover how similar their personality is to mine or someone else in the family.
In many ways I am inclined to believe that it is in the DNA, because in some cases these people grew up in different parts of the country, so we can't say that it is cultural.  I believe genetics dictate a great deal more about who we are and who we will become than we are willing to admit.

We often  don't want to admit that DNA has a strong influence, because we often come across some of those not so desirable traits,  and we want to blame on someone or something else.  I have always found that comical.  We so easily dismiss those things we see in our children or other relatives as being something they must have gotten from the other side of their family.  "She is like her daddy's people."
With this site I intend to explore this for my family, and hopefully the day will come where we can discuss and share in these findings.

I am trying to expand this site in many ways and welcome any all questions and suggestions.

Thanks in advance for all of your support.