Morning Coffee + Newspaper = Genealogy

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I usually read the newspaper in the morning while having breakfast. This past week two articles from The Birmingham News were of genealogy|history interest.

No, not just interest — but fascinating & valuable.

The May 14th [2012] issue, front page “Historic Shelby graveyard restoration uncovers plots of settlers, slaves, Indians“. The newspaper printed all pictures in color with close-up of one broken stone for a young girl named Carrie who was born Feb 8, 1854 & died in 1886. The Bailey Cemetery off Hwy. 62 in Vincent, Alabama, is now a state historical site. Also shown in the paper a picture of a rock with the caption “Many of the graves were marked only with a rock such as this one, because the people could not afford a headstone.”  Photos of the work by Vincent Historical & Environment Society may be viewed here.

On May 15th [2012] on page 10C, “Georgia coach Dooley finds old family home” located “Near the mouth of the Spanish River, just west of Delvan Bay in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta”.  Old photos taken of the home are available along with the article.  (See the Library Book Review – February 2012, Well, I’ve Never Met a Native ~ Stories of the Coastal People of Alabama – by Joy Callaway Buskens for more stories.)

Genealogy is more than just collecting names; it’s also about understanding how those names lived and what effected their lives.

Coach Dooley talks of his family history & remembers what it looked like before the house burned. “My great-great-grandmother bought this land from her brother in 1821.”

Both articles of fascinating interest if you have no ancestors in either area of Alabama but valuable if you do.

Genealogy is more than just collecting names; it’s also about understanding how those names lived and what effected their lives.

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