About Me

Genealogist, Family Historian, Researcher, Writer & Editor

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I am a native Californian, currently residing in San Diego.  I am a proud parent of 4 adult children a grandmother with five grandchildren.

I have an Associates Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies & Bachelors Degree in Human Development.  Most recently I earned a certificate in genealogy research from Boston University.  I am currently working on on the Board Certification for Genealogists and will be attending University of San Diego to continue my education in Paralegal Studies. I am known as “The Root Digger” and I founded Root Digger Genealogy Research Services in July of 2012.

I successfully campaigned to have an Elementary School in San Diego to be named after my late-father, Dr. Walter J. Porter, and during the process formed The Walter J. Porter Educational & Community Foundation to support extracurricular activities at the school. We are currently renaming the foundation after both my parents.

My current interests are African American History with emphasis in Genealogy. I was adopted at 4 months old and was successfully reunited with my biological mother and Father’s family, over 21 years ago. I am currently tracing my birth family’s heritage and researching the ancestry of my parents that raised me.

Genealogy has sent me to various places.  I have traveled to Sugar Hill Harlem, NY; Worcester, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and Orlando Florida to research various historical archives, on the ancestry of my mother’s family, The Cully’s.

I am currently writing a children’s book about my father, Dr. Walter J. Porter so that the children at the elementary school know about the man that the school was named after.  I am also researching for three other books: “A Taste of Sugar Hill” a memoir of my mother’s life in Harlem during the 1940’s-1950’s; Embrace Identity: A personal memoir of my adoption and reunion with my birth family; and lastly, “The Cully’s-An African American Legacy: An ancestral story of my Great-Grandfather’s migration from North Carolina to Worcester, Mass. during Reconstruction in hopes of securing greater opportunities and equality.”

I have been a member of various civic and nonprofit organizations over the years. I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the The San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group, and President of the Walter J & Betty M Porter Educational Foundation.




About Me — 12 Comments

  1. I love the extensive work that you have put into finding out your family’s history. I actually found this site when I googled my own husband’s name…”Osborne Ambrose Martin, III”…a distant relative of yours! 🙂

  2. I’ve been searching for information on my family the “Porter, Lewis, Webb and the Addison” family in Chicot County, Carlton, Arkansas….(1870 – today) …(Charles Porter (laborer)…. John W. Webb (1871 Arkansas State Legislator) Edward Addison (store keeper) …. from “Sunnyside Plantations” owned by Elisha Worthington…… any help. thank you…. Len

    • Hi Cousin Len,

      I believe that somehow Charles Porter is related to my father Walter J. Porter. I received your video’s and the picture of Charles, and they are very similar in appearance. I actually had to take a double take.

  3. My name is Mitchell Johnson. I was born and reared in Craven County, NC, specifically a community called Ernul which is between New Bern and Vanceboro. For your info There was another church bombed the same time that St Joseph was bombed. It was Cool Springs FWB church and it is still an active church. The Johnsons have a rich history in NC AS well as VA and the East Coast. For over 300 years my family has lived as free African Americans in Eastern, NC. I can be contacted at mjohnson160@ec.rr.com or 919+ 745-7100. I’m also on Ancestry.com.

    Keep the Faith
    Mitchell Johnson

  4. Hello, I am a descendant of Absalom Martin of New Bern NC, son of Hanna Martyn/Martin I have been researching the Martin Family Lineage for over Twenty years, my 3rd grt grandfather was taken from the family under the pretense of a apprenticeship along with another brother and taken to Tennessee and placed into slavery, Still searching and learning more each day on the Martin Lineage.

  5. Hi
    Are you the “RootDigger” on the gedcom web site number M560049?

    I am John Hall FH1099 we have a total and largest CM 33.2 25.2

    Interested in where we could link up.

    Best wishes


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