I am adding and rearranging this blog – bear with me as I get it all together~
I am also looking for an application I can use to somehow add a family tree here~
I have a lot of thing happening in my research and very excited on what the future holds~
While in Michigan I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie Finerty – known all around Michigan as the “Cemetery Lady”~
After my presentation May 14th – I was introduced to Laurie and she accompanied us to a cemetery for a tombstone I was hunting down – we were unable to located it – she has offered to help me located a few I am needing – She travels all of Michigan to record as much of the cemeteries that she can – I can’t say thank you enough to her for her much needed help – we bonded in the small time we were together (would love to “just hang out” with her – such a hoot!) She owns a alpaca farm in Alger, MI and it has been shearing time for them – spoke with her yesterday and she has me on her to do list~ Can’t wait to see what she can uncover when I can’t find a thing! Excited~
Afterwards we took Laurie & Ron/Terry Allen to lunch – had a wonderful lunch at Ron’s daughter’s restaurant in Hale Michigan (across rd from Town Hall where I gave my presentation)- will have to get the name of it – excellent food and service! Highly recommend! Jay loved their “Cajun Pizza” !
I met so many wonderful and helpful people on this last trip – the response was unbelievable – many wanting to help and contribute~ It has been truly a blessing to be doing this research – I have met the best people and all are wanting to come on board and do all they can to help me on my journey~ I love what I am doing and will do it til I can’t no more~ I foresee many many years of “uncovering” more of my Ancestors stories~
To have “The Cemetery Lady” also on board to help with the much needed records of burials and death in Michigan is a big help to me – 1870-present Michigan is where my Fathers family was located/buried.
I am trying to do a “Find A Grave” project along with as much documentations on death and “medical” records on my lines also – been doing this for over 20 years now so have a extensive records/photo’s collection already~
I try to note my research books on documents needed – look for Coni’s Notes in my books: here is where I put what is needed/where I left off /what I was doing on that line – I always highlight it in red.
Any help on locating these records would greatly be appreciated~
I have so much to still add – many to thank and much to write – just been very very very busy these past couple of months – ready to settle back into my lil corner of this world and start digging in to all the goodies I collected on my trips~
With my research trip to Michigan in May, a daughter graduating, a daughter getting married (and pregnant) and a trip to Beaumont TX – I am truly ready to get down to researching and locking my doors and become a hermit for 2 weeks! (Husband works offshore – 2 weeks in/2 weeks out)
I have much info to add to my research and have added 2 new people to my research team – Cheryl (Sheri) Church she descends from George Allen and Lydia Sutliff – his 1st wife – George Allen then married my Great Grandmother Ada Barber of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe – I do believe we also cross in a couple of other lines – she is helping me research George Allen’s lineage which is wonderful! I so needed help on that line!
I also have Pauline (Polly) & Jim Goodwin join my team – Polly descends from the Barber, Short and a couple of other lines also~ She is helping me get all the documents I need in the Michigan area along with helping me fill in several blanks I needed filled – they have done extensive work and have joined forces with me to get all the documentation and records needed to back up my research~ So happy to have them on board – spent some time with them while in Michigan – even open their homes to us~ Just love finding all my extended family – nothing but love been given~
I am truly excited where my research is leading me – a lot more of the story is falling into place for me! I am working on the 1850-1900’s right now and getting the last little bit of proof I was needing (reason for the Michigan trip) I have several Chiefs and lineages I will need to be adding to my files – much work to be done on this – but believe the Tonawanda Indian Tribe in New York are affiliated with the Barbers, Shorts and several other of my lineages~
I will have to plan another trip to Michigan (around October – want the changing of seasons) I also believe I am descending from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribes through my Grandmother – Campau – once again much work to be done on this but believe I found the connection~
Many Native American lines in my work are coming together – but I have to add many lines also – starting from scratch so will work on them as necessary in my research~
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I wanted to note I will be super busy the next couple of weeks – My youngest daughter’s Boo’s wedding is on the 15th (have family coming in for it) Also we are going to TX Jaybird (Hubby) has a school – he has to attend 9th-14th
Looking forward to visiting Beaumont thou – Jaybird has to be in school all day and this gives me time to just take pictures – no genealogy – nobody but me and my new camera – can’t wait to get out & abt with it (Canon Powershot SX50 HS – truly a AWESOME CAMERA! Mother’s day gift from Hubby – drowned my other one)
Deep in my soul – I mean deep – I’ve known I was a “Indian” – I grew up (all of us children) grew up KNOWING we had it in us – looking back at the way I was raised I can see a lot of the ways stayed in our family – what WE DIDN’T KNOW was how and why and where or what…….We were robbed of learning “the ways of our Ancestors” This research has changed my whole life~
As I see in my work I AM the PRODUCT of “Christianity” along with the Fur Traders, the Dutch & English – all of it – My people were in the midst of it all – my people were the 1st to be indentured, enslaved (I have proof as young as the age of 3) robbed of all they ever knew….. my heart bleeds at the tragic stories unfolding in my work… How I am here… amazes me…. I am a INDIAN, Native American, American Indian – the Red Man – MY PEOPLE lived and died fighting their whole lives to protect their worlds, their earth, their families – ME ~ I know I descend from Royalty lines of many tribes that are considered “extinct” or not recognized – yet should be~
I also descend from many tribes that are recognized and “aren’t accepting” – yet I descend from deep bloodlines and to some that doesn’t matter? Well it matters to me….I was robbed of my heritage for 46 years…..They say we are extinct – I am here to tell you we are not!
I am not “affiliated/or have membership” of one tribe, work with as many as I can – I just want the root that lead to the branches of my family tree~ I want to meet my “Ever Widening Circle” of family – I want to learn the way of my people~ MY DNA can’t be taken from me~ My Ancestor’s blood runs through my veins~ I want the truth~
I made a promise to my Father – I will continue my journey for the rest of my life – I will learn all I can – It is all he ever asked of me~
I’ve had a hard life – not much that has happened to a women hasn’t happened to me – I’ve been knocked down and out – but I got up and I continued on…. I grew stronger with every blow – I am not bitter for my past – I am thankful for those that tried to keep me down – I fought harder and grew stronger….It made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change a minute of my life~ Honestly~
As I see in my Ancestors before me…. they got back up and and they fought for what they believed in~
I am not scared to die….. I know there is a better place…. my Ancestors guide me now….
I am meant to do this …. this has been their plan for me all along ……… I believe I am their voice~
I have personally seen, felt and followed their guidance and it has lead me to all of this……so yes I know there is a better place~
Am I a 100% certain on my work ....NO….many and I MEAN MANY lines haven’t been worked on …I find changes all the time in my work… people connected to wrong people….I have tons of peoples work included in mine (still unchecked but added till I can get to them) lots of corrections I’m sure are needed, there is only one me and so much time I can do it all in…I try to research as much of a person as I can before I move on to the next – so if there is a lot of work then that person is researched if very little then lines I need to work on – but I am close! REALLY CLOSE~ I am up for any help – see a correction ‘let me know’ ~
I have abt 80% of all my lines done – almost 35,000 people in my research, daily adding new ones, deleting doubles – so yes I know it isn’tperfect, or professional let alone up to academic level – I am not school smart (believe I have a touch of ADHD) I am just REALLY GOOD at DIGGING! I love research! I love to read – I love to learn – I love my Ancestors~
Only way I am going to get this story out it is to get out and tell it!
Anyone wanting me to give a presentation – just email me at email@example.com
Jaybird is sitting here right now playing with my new amp he bought me- came with a wireless mic (full size) & sync’s with the box without any hook up – also bought the wireless microphone (one that pins to my shirt) can have 2 people on it at the same time!
It also has a iPod attachment – (gotta buy that now) so I can put all my Native American music on it and it can play at a touch of a button (love this feature) All and all the set up is awesome – perfect for what I want to do with this research!
I am so thankful for my wonderful husband – he has been the 1 true believer in me and has backed me all the way in all that I’ve needed…..I truly do believe he is a gift from the creator~ He has made the past 14 years of my life the best~
He has made sure I am fully set up to get out and tell my story!
It will be a couple of weeks before I am on here again~
Have a wonderful and safe summer~
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