An amazing, miraculous thing happened during the live broadcast of Wacky Wednesday: DiscoverFreedmen Indexing Project. To be as authentic as possible, my very distant cousin Wilma demonstrated the FamilySearch Indexing software by downloading a completely new (to her) type of Freedmen Bureau records than she had previously indexed. So what was the miraculous thing?
Liza, a former slave, is mentioned with her sons Roderick and Tobe.
The miracle is the statement of their relationship.
Members of the African American genealogy community have taught me the beautiful phrase "We speak their names." +True Lewis explained what happened during our hangout was a real hallelujah moment. All genealogists thrill at the breakthrough when discovering more about an ancestor. So whether we say "Aha" or ""Finally" or "We speak their names" the meaning is the same. We're thrilled.
Our people are our people.
Together we can 'pay it forward' and get these Freedmen's Bureau records indexed!
FOR FURTHER READING
Other DearMYRTLE posts in this series include:
- DiscoverFreedmen: When you know where you come from
- I have no known People of Color in my tree
- How's YOUR DiscoverFreedmen Indexing coming along?
- HOW to participate in the DiscoverFreedmen.org Indexing Project
- DiscoverFreedman.org Indexing Challenge
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