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Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two

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Oh how quickly a vacation goes by. Sigh. I'm feeling very thankful though for this time I had with my family. Here are some more pictures from the week.




























Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part One

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So I am on vacation this week with the family on Anna Maria Island, Florida doing two of my most favorite things in the world --relaxing with the family and doing a little genealogy research. Woohoo! Yay me. It amazes me to see what a little R&R and peace and quiet does to my brain. All of a sudden I have a chance to think and brainstorm on ways to possibly learn about my ancestry. Before I get into all that though, here are some pictures from the first day here with the family.

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Amanuensis Monday: Mortimer Mitchell Mentioned In Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records

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A couple of weeks ago, I was poking around on FamilySearch.org and found a labor contract that mentioned my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. Every so often I go back over folks on my family tree and try doing searches in databases that were previously not available. Thanks to the completion of the Freedman's Bureau Project, I was able to locate this particular record.




Citing this Record "United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q1-GMDC : 1 September 2016), Mestrumi Mitchel, 1865-1872.

Edward Mallett Plantation
About 10 Miles from NewBerne near Croatan 2500 or 3000 acres, 50 or 60 suitable for cultivation of cotton or corn. 4 Log houses occupied by old negroes. On Peter G Evans plantation nearby is a good two story house suitable to be used by persons who occupy this Mallett plantation.       Turpentine Lease for 60 bbls a season. Geo. Connor on land. Refu…

Friday Funny: A Trip To Kalahari Resorts --Mt Pocono, PA

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It's been a almost two months since we went to Kalahari Resorts in Mt Pocono, PA. You could say I am a little behind on posting for what's been going on in my life :)  Anyway, we had a blast hanging out together as a family. We also got a serious case of the sillies during mealtimes. We challenged each other into make really weird faces to see if we could make each other laugh. I haven't had a good laugh like that in a while. 
























Fearless Females: Three Generations Of College Educated Ladies

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I'm doing a couple of posts to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.





Each of these three lovely ladies attended college.
From left to right:  

Great Grandma --Ophelia Jones Bryant --A&T College The Negro Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, NC.

Grandmother --Mary Bryant Harrison Horton --Queens College
(She gets extra points in my book because she earned her degree when she was in her 60's.)

Mom --Hofstra University

I did my part in continuing the tradition and received my degree in 1994 from Binghamton University. Now it's up to my daughter to keep it going.




Tender Moment Shared by Ethel Smith Murrell

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I'm doing a couple of posts to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

Ethel Smith Murrell was my paternal grandmother. She was a wonderful loving spirit that I've written about before on this blog. If you missed those posts, you will probably want to check out these links:  

The Book Of Me: Prompt 7 --Grandparents -- Part One

Wordless Wednesday: Ethel Murrell And Her Grandbabies.

Mom Mom and Granddaddy's House

Fearless Females --Favorite Holiday --March 7


Sometimes, it's not so much how much is said but rather the way it's said that strikes a chord with us. I remember one time in particular when my grandmother sp…

Fearless Females: Jonas Bryant Battled Breast Cancer

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I am going to try to do a couple of posts this month to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

My maternal 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant was someone I would most definitely categorize as a fearless female. She was born March 15, 1867 in Morehead City NY to parents Henry Bryant and Caroline Ellison Bryant. She raised two children on her own and helped to raise her sister's son. She was a hard worker doing whatever was necessary to take care of her family. During her lifetime she worked as a clammer and as a maid. 

According to Jonas's death cerificate her cause of death was breast cancer. 


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My Blog Misses Me And I Miss It

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My poor lonely blog.  So sorry I have been away and not paying you proper attention. I know you miss me. This will change very soon. I miss writing and I miss doing research. I have to get things back into balance again.

To my followers, if you've been wondering why you haven't seen many new posts, these are some of the reasons why.



1) This is my new occupation. I am a taxi mom. I shuttle children back and forth to sports practices, games, and different school events. I am not complaining. Really, I'm not. This is just the way it is when you have kids who are active and have special interests.



2) Fencing! Fencing! Fencing!

This is the logo for the fencing club I am a member of. It was designed by my friend and fellow fencer Rosaleen Marion. Pretty cool, right?! If you are a newer reader of my blog, then you might not be aware that I do fencing to stay fit. I fenced in college for 4 years and then life happened. I am so grateful that after a long hiatus from the sport, that I f…

I Love NY Cup 2017

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Here's this year's gymnastics photo for our ladybug. We love our confident girl. 

A couple of weeks ago she competed in the I Love NY Cup gymnastics competition hosted by the Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy. She had a solid showing and took home a 4th place medal on bars and 7th place overall for her age group.

 Here's a few photos from competition day.