Cemetery

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #199

By |2018-09-22T17:20:38+00:00April 11th, 2017|Grants, History, Human Interest, Research|

This quarter, I awarded a grant to the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association to support their work of restoring and cleaning up the gravesites of enslaved African Americans and their descendants, found in cemeteries that have become overgrown and are largely hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Click through to the post for more details and to see how you can join me in supporting the work the WCPA is doing.

Genealogy Roundup, October 26

By |2018-09-22T17:20:42+00:00October 26th, 2016|Celebrities, DNA / Genetic Genealogy, Family History, Genealogy Roundup|

Get ready to time-travel this week: past, present, and future! To start, cemeteries face special challenges in densely-populated urban areas. Check out the fascinating history of a Hong Kong cemetery where lie diplomats, missionaries, opium smugglers, soldiers, revolutionaries and local Christian converts and then concept art for a light-filled potential cemetery in New York City. Next, enjoy a story in which DNA plays a role in introducing two half-siblings to each other. Round off this week's exploration with more on the 2016 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards.

Genealogy Roundup, September 14

By |2018-09-22T17:20:42+00:00September 14th, 2016|Celebrities, DNA / Genetic Genealogy, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest|

Lots of goodies in this week's Roundup! British celebrities highlight their "refugenes" in an effort to help refugees. We also have two stories around DNA, two stories in which blacksmiths play a part -- one forging awards from pieces of the Statue of Liberty and the other performing marriage ceremonies(!) -- two stories about segregation in cemeteries, and more.