Treasure Your Roots 2018 Recap

Last weekend, I had the privilege of being an instructor at the Treasure Your Roots Conference here in Oklahoma City. A joint effort between the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, the Black Genealogical Research Group, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Family History Center of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the event welcomed over 200 participants to learn about various topics in genealogical research.

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2017- A Year In Review

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of my activities this year. I wasn’t as productive in my overall blogging this year, but I improved upon content which I believe is more important. Also, I managed to get even more involved out of the blog-o-sphere in this avocation that I love. My hope is that 2018 allows me to set and reach new goals for my genealogical pursuits, both in my personal research and with the genealogical organizations in which I have become involved. Developing new relationships, organizational and leadership skills within this arena is something of great importance to me as I hope to transition at some point to pursuing genealogy professionally.

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History, Art and the Hope of Reconciliation: Part Two

I had the privilege of attending two of several events held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. The courageous story of the “Little Rock Nine” as they are known, is one I learned early in my youth as a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas. The high school I attended was opened the same year as the Central crisis, one where the affluent white citizens of Little Rock could send their children in attempt to avoid inevitable progress. By the time I attended in the early 1990’s, all public schools had long been integrated, the legacy of those nine brave students paving the way for my generation and ones to come. This is part two of a two part post. See the first post here.

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History, Art and the Hope of Reconciliation: Part One

I had the privilege of attending two of several events last week, held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. The courageous story of the “Little Rock Nine” as they are known, is one I learned early in my youth as a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas. The high school I attended was opened the same year as the Central crisis, one where the affluent white citizens of Little Rock could send their children in attempt to avoid inevitable progress. By the time I attended in the early 1990’s, all public schools had long been integrated, the legacy of those nine brave students paving the way for my generation and ones to come. This is part one of a two part post.

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The Space Between

Being a wife, mother of two littles, and working full time, leaves me little time for extra activities. In the space between family and work responsibilities I have managed to carve out time for my genealogical activities, though it has taken some new and interesting paths I hadn’t expected! Here’s an update on what’s been going on in my world of late.

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I’m with her! And that guy.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of marching with an estimated 12,000 women and men at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. As a volunteer working the event, I spoke to over 100 men and women who came to show solidarity for not only women’s rights, but the overarching goal of social justice and civil rights. I spoke with Native American women, Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, African Americans. I spoke with those from the disability, LGBT, Muslim American communities and Christians, all who felt called to speak out for those marginalized in our society. I spoke with grandmothers, mothers and daughters. And, I spoke with many husbands and fathers who were there to support the women in their lives.

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