August 31, 1986
Some came with reluctance but to others, the idea was irresistible as more than 2,000 descendants of slaves gathered on the plantation where their forebears toiled. "I know if any of our ancestors are buried here, they are turning over in their graves and singing, 'Hallelujah!"' said Mabel Phelps of Norfolk, Va., at the Somerset Plantation in Creswell, N.C. Others were less enthusiastic at first. "My first reaction was, 'By golly, why should we be digging up those kind of memories?'
November 16, 1989 |
Question: Are family periodicals worth subscribing to? Answer: "One-name" (surname) family periodicals (often called newsletters) vary in quality and value. A few are outstanding; some are poorly edited and compiled. Most are modestly priced ($3 to $20 a year). Try a year's subscription to evaluate it. Q: How do I find names, addresses and prices of current family periodicals?
July 5, 1998 |
Joan Glanz Rimmon remembers the exact day her life changed. On Jan. 14, 1986, she ventured into the Los Angeles Family History Center, the genealogy library run by the Mormon Church in Westwood, to do an hour's worth of research on her grandmother's family before returning home to fix dinner. Some 12 years later, she's still working at her second "job." "It was like someone shot me with heroin," said the 63-year-old Bel-Air resident. "It's worse than drugs.
June 8, 1994 |
With just a snapshot taken in 1947 and a misspelled last name, Meyer Denn did what seemed impossible--he united an American woman with her two cousins in Czechoslovakia, both of whom had survived the Holocaust by hiding in cellars for five years. "It was a stunning experience," said Marsha Friedman of Madison, Wis., who in 1992 took her 25-year-old nephew to Bratislava to visit her cousins.
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August 22, 2000 |
The search for the past can require the patience of a gold miner, swirling and sifting the silt. Then, suddenly, there's a glint of precious material. Carmen Brussard's hundreds of hours hunched over microfiche ultimately led to this stunning discovery: She and her husband, who met at a dance in Los Angeles 34 years ago, are not the first joint love story from their respective families.
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July 10, 2001 |
With two tablespoons of blood drawn from each of 100,000 volunteers worldwide, Brigham Young University researchers hope to create a DNA database that will use genetic markers to help reconstruct family trees going back 15 generations. Officials with the high-tech genealogy project have traveled to Southern California a few times over the last year to collect blood from people who can trace their family histories back at least four generations.
May 5, 1990 |
Virginia and Bob Emrey blame their genealogy habit on an earthquake that shook Glendale about 40 years ago. The quake so upset a neighbor that the Emreys offered their help. During the resulting friendship, the neighbor, who was a genealogist, "proved to me that I was related to her late husband," said Bob Emrey. "That's how we got mixed up in this mess."
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September 20, 1991 |
Pauline Chavez-Bent first started documenting her family tree in a baby book when her oldest child was born 35 years ago. "My mother was with me while I filled it out, and off the top of her head she gave me five generations on my father's side and six on her side," she said. "I eventually went back eight generations while I was raising my three kids. I thought, 'Great, that's enough.'
October 24, 2002 |
The Mormon Church has put millions of 19th century ancestors on its genealogy Web site, giving family tree buffs a more convenient -- and free -- way to trace their heritage. The church said Wednesday it is offering free Internet access to 55 million names from the 1880 United States census and the 1881 Canadian census. Before, census records from those years were available on a microfilm set spanning 56 compact discs -- a search process many found cumbersome and time-consuming.
February 26, 2007 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday it was the "most shocking" news of his life when the civil rights leader learned he was a descendant of a slave owned by relatives of Strom Thurmond, the late senator who once led the segregationist South. "I couldn't describe the emotions that I've had over the last two or three days thinking about this," he said at a news conference. "Everything from anger and outrage to reflection, and to some pride and glory."