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New Kids On The Blog #BLOGFEST2014

New Kids On The Blog.


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Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

A phenomenal event has been happening on Tuesday nights since October 22, 2013. On the PBS channel, a six-hour miniseries called “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross” written and presented by Henry Louis “Skip” Gates. It is a documentary of the past 500 years of African-American History. Well if that was not enough alone to stand on it’s on merit of being phenomenal, this additional fact will complete it. Due to social media people all over the United States discussed the series as it is be televised by using the platforms of Twitter, Facebook and blogging. I have personally been involved in all the platforms. Research groups such as African-American Genealogy and Slave Research (AAGSAR), African-American Genealogy Forum and Our Black History. Blogging groups such as Carnival of African-American Genealogy (CoAGG) and African Genealogy Blogging Circle. DNA groups such as DNA tested African Descendants. Blog talk radio with Research at the National Archives Beyond and Beyond. I am not a professional writer nor scholar and as you can tell I probably rate at a 9th grade level in my writing. But I am the evidence, that ancestors call on the ones that are the most passionate to tell their stories, the best way that they can. I feel very fortunate to have access to all the tools mention above and the great people involved.

Back to “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross’, the fourth episode of the series was about Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African-Americans, but how African-Americans saw themselves.

Great migration

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) will be the heading of my future blogs about the migration travels of my ancestors. Most of my ancestors took the typical paths as described on this map.


Posted by on November 17, 2013 in AAGSAR CHallenge


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African- American Cemetery

September 16, 2013

The second day of my trip I visited the
cemetery in Patterson Louisiana.Located off of HWY 182,
turn on William St.,near the end of William is the cemetery on O 

Grave Mcclennen
 Birth 2 Feb 1867 in Pattersonville, Louisiana
 Death 10 JUL 1947 in Patterson, Louisiana

McClennan Schexnayder is my great-grand uncle and the son of Vilmont 
Schexnayder. His wife Dolly Thomas Robinson is buried next to him.

 Born July 20 1866 Death Dec. 16 1969

  Grave dolly

 Louis Schexnayder 
 Born 4 Jul 1875  Death:1940                 
 Vilmont's son.

 graves louis

 The below pictures is the wide view of the cemetery, that I had to 
walk through to find my ancestors. In Louisiana the caskets are placed
above the ground due to water content in the soil which would make 
the coffin come out of the ground on its own.
                      grave 3

     If the family want to keep the family together and there is
 no plots nearby, the next best thing is to....
                       grave ferreletine
 The bottom casket is my grand-aunt Glennie Davis Henderson (My great 
grandmother Julia Schexnayder's daughter) and the
top is Glennie's daughter Ferrelltine Henderson Bartley.
Grave glennie              graveferrgrave4

 Here is an example of a grave that was buried in the ground, I am 
sure the graves of Vilmont and Julia Schexnayder were buried in the 
ground and got destroyed as others did as well.

I love to Google, I had Google either African-American Cemetery or 
Black cemetery in Patterson Louisiana and I found out that Melissa 
Hutton had actually listed all the readable headstones or had obtain 
the list of the readable headstone and placed it on

Date: Sep., 2004 

                                  Day 2 was a great day

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Surge of New African American Genealogy Blogs

Here is a repost by a fellow tribesmen

Surge of New African American Genealogy Blogs

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Kristin

Recently there has been a huge surge of New African American Genealogy blogs. We have the new group African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research to thank for encouraging and guiding their creation as part of their mission to move African American genealogy forward, to break down brick walls and to form a community of researchers encouraging and sharing with each other.  Here are links to some of the new blogs, and a few older ones.  If you can, visit.  You might find something you were looking for.

There are other African American blogs listed above under “Some Blogs I Follow”.


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