Harlem-Sugar Hill, New York Family Research Trip

This is the first trip I took to dig a little deeper into the life of my mother and her parents.  The trip was life-changing for me. Here is a slide show presentation that I did for research group, “The African American Genealogical Research Group.”  It is very long, but I hope you enjoy it.

Genealogy When You Are Adopted

A few years ago, I presented “Genealogy When You Are Adopted”  at the 8th Annual Discover Your Roots Conference in Los Angeles and at the San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group. Searching your family roots when you are adopted is difficult to do if your records are sealed and you have nothing really to go on except your birthdate, and where you were born. Each State and county has different rules and regulations as to the access of records. I was born in Los Angeles, CA, and even though the records are sealed, I was successful in reuniting with my birth family.

At a later date, I will share my story.

Genealogy When You’re Adopted Click on name (link) for a larger showing of slide show.

If you are interested in my sharing more as to the process of research in California, let me know.  I can be contacted at sugarhillharlemny@gmail.com

Wordless Wednesday: Henry Hodge & Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff

Henry Hodge (my Uncle) was an Orderly and attendee at the Rancho Los Amigos Health Center in the 1950’s in Los Angeles, California. At the time the Rancho Los Amigos was a facility for those that had polio. Henry was the only African American working at the facility in that capacity at the time.

Henry Hodge (Orderly & Attendant) and the Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff in 1953

 

Henry Hodge (Orderly & Attendant) and the Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff in 1953

In The Mind of A Procrastinator Journal: Post #2

Time really does go fast when you are a procrastinator.  I had time for everything, and had no time for anything!  My question to myself is, “Did I not really have enough time to get everything done, or did I not prioritize what needed to be done?

My publisher at FreedomInk sent me a message a few weeks ago that I keep on my white board in my room.  She stated that she asks herself these two questions:

1. Does This really need to be done?

2.  Can I delegate this?

If all questions answer with a no, then it gets written on a priority list.  We must learn to delegate tasks to others so that we can free up our time to get to the top priority of  things on our ‘To Do Lists’.

I want this not to be my sounding board, but I am hoping to get you to interact with me and tell me what you do to take advantage of the time you have.

Zara Cully Brown: Sugar Hill- Mama Maitresse

Zara Cully Brown, Marki Bey & Don Pedro Colley

 
      A few months ago I watched the movie Sugar Hill with my Great Aunt, Zara Cully Brown playing the part of Mama Maitresse.  I was about six years old when she did this film in 1974.  I was interested in the film because I thought it was about Sugar Hill in New York, as my mother was born and raised on Sugar Hill.  I almost thought it ironic Zara would be playing in a film on the Hill.  
     I soon discovered that the movie was about a woman named Diane ‘Sugar’ Hill, who wanted revenge on her enemies who brutally murdered her boyfriend after refusing to be shaken down by a gangster racketeer.
     Zara was my mother’s Aunt, who was her mother’s (Agnes) sister.  I wish I could include a note that my Aunt Zara sent to  my mother of how she was not going to accept this job because she would have to hold a snake in the movie and she was scared of snakes.  The note is at the Malcolm X Library with my family display, so once I get this, I will post.
     I am including a clip below of Zara in action. (Please be patient with the short commercial)

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