Genealogy Corner: Day #2

     I had expected to accomplish a lot on my genealogy list today, but time just got away from me.

     The first thing I did this morning, after my chores was to watch Stella Dallas, a 1937 film based off a Novel written by Olive Higgins Prouty.  The leading actress was Barbara Stanwick.  The setting took place in Millhampton, Massachusetts in 1919.  The reason I chose to view this film, was because I am currently reading Pencil Shavings, Memoirs by Olive Higgins Prouty. The book was suggested to me by Olive’s grand-niece, and the film was discussed in the introduction of the book.  I mentioned in my last post that my Cully family worked in the Higgins home, and I am researching the Higgins family in hopes to learn more about my family.

     This morning I had the opportunity to go on air and speak with Preacherman of the online radio  I was asked to speak about last Friday’s  Pencil Portrait Unveiling of my late-father Walter J. Porter at the WJP Elementary School.  Our family, Community and foundation donated 3 portraits to the school as many of the children really had no idea who Walter was, even though the school was named after him.  A news Article in our local Voice & Viewpoint can be read by going to this link, Walter J. Porter Portraits Unveiled..

      Towards the end of the day, I went to the mailbox and a large manila envelope with the ten death certificates I ordered from the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA arrived.  I read each certificate and began doing some research with them and added some of the info into my family tree.  One of the Certificate of Death documents I was excited about was my paternal grandfather’s Harrison Porter.  The new information I received from the document was the name of the Plantation my grandfather sharecropped on, “Brown’s Plantation”.  I also learned where he was buried, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.  I began looking up the new information, but am discovering that it is going to take some time.  I posted to a few genealogy walls, and am now waiting for some responses.

     To top my evening off, I listened to Geneabloggers Radio.  The discussion for the night was “Do Books Still Matter in Genealogy?”  This was a great discussion.  I enjoy reading books, but I also have a Nook. I know things are going electronic, but I don’t think the e-books are going to wipe out the use and need for paper books.

     To end my night, I will read a few chapters in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  I am finding this autobiography emotional, and enlightening.

Genealogy Corner: Day #1

     The Year is beginning to wind-up before it winds down, and I have decided to take a mini break from posting my family research until after Christmas.  I have not forgot about my goal to write daily, so I figure I will just post the things I have done for the next few weeks.

     I am going to spend the next few months catching up on some of the reading I had wanted to do throughout the year.  I just started reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written by Himself a few days ago.  I am finding the reading quite insightful.

     One reason my interest was peaked in reading about Frederick Douglass, is that I am looking at his family line, because my Peters family had Douglass’s living in their home in Washington, DC. Off the top of my head, which I will go into detail later, the individual was a widow of a Frederick Douglass (not sure if it was possibly Frederick Douglass’s grandson) and her daughter was listed in the household.

     Today I received Pencil Shavings, Memoirs by Olive Higgins Prouty.  I spoke to Olive’s grand-niece Clarinda a few weeks ago, and she suggested that I read the memoirs so that I familiarize myself to the Higgins Family.  I have a continued interest in the Higgins family as My Great Grandfather Ambrose Cully, his in-laws, and his two older daughters worked for the Higgins in Worcester, MA.  I hope to read this book before Summer of 2012 as Clarinda will make some inquiries as to the employment status of my Cully family working for her great-grandparents, and the possible relationship my family had with the Higgins.

2nd Edition
Pencil Shavings

     I will be doing my yearly presentation for the San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group on January 14, 2012.  My presentation this year will be Blogging Your Family History.  I have been blogging for less than a year and so far, I am the only member of this group that blogs their genealogy.  I think it will be very valuable to them to get the information and to possibly become members of Geneabloggers.  I will be putting together a slide presentation, so if anyone has any suggestions, please do not hesitate to give me some pointers.

     I am also going to spend this time to read some blogs I haven’t read in awhile.  There is such a wealth of information out their in the Geneablogger World, and wish I had more time to read everyone’s.

      Well, until tomorrow….Happy Blogging!!!!