If Ol' Myrt here can stop the flow of tears long enough, I'll tell you about a marvelous series of genealogy blog posts that spotlight an ancestor's journey from slavery to homesteading. Bernice A. Bennett documents the story of her 2nd great-grandfather with pictures, scanned images of documents, footnote citations and a video.
All I can say is WOW.
See for yourself by visiting: http://www.searchingfamilyhistory.com/louisiana-homesteader.html
- The Story of A Black Louisiana Homesteader’s Journey to Acquire Land-continue to page 2
- Peter Clark video
- The Story of A Black Louisiana Homesteader’s Journey to Acquire Land-continue to page 3
This is my formal reply to Bernice's invitation to view her ancestral tribute:
Dear, dear Bernice,
I found your email via LinkedIn in my spam folder of all places. I am glad I didn't just empty it without looking. I've spent the last hour working through the several detailed pages about your 2nd great-grandfather and find them noteworthy. I am writing a blog post, pointing folks to your work.
The combination of a well-documented time line, scanned images, footnote citations, and pictures makes this a prime example of how genealogists can use the internet to honor an ancestor.
The addition of the video places this all in historical perspective -- very touching.
I was simply brought to tears when I realize how much work you put into reporting your findings about this ancestor. Your work is a fine example to us all.
Thank-you for sharing your family history with me.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.