Finding family is really a wonderful thing

Well folks it has been a minute since my last post so here’s an update:

Our internet was down for about 3 days and that slowed all my research to a grinding halt! So the backlog of work to do is high but I’m chipping away at it ! Yes long hours!

Next I have been actively writing biographies on Black Ambassadors for the impressive online encyclopedia. I was very honored to be asked to do these 8 Ambassadors; Sue K. Brown, Montenegro, 2011-Present -Ann Forrester-Holloway, Mali, 1979-Gayleatha B. Brown, Benin, 2006-Sylvia Gaye Stanfield,Brunei Darussalam, 2002-Barbara M. Watson,Malaysia, 1981-Ruth Washington,Gambia, 1989-Leslie M. Alexander, Mauritius, 1993, Ecuador, 1996-Bernadette Allen, Niger, 2006!     So stay tuned and I’ll let you know when they get posted.

A couple of days ago Catherine (cousin) informed a few of us that she got word that there was a movement to have a landmark erected in remembrance of the homesteaders in the Dewitty community in Nebraska.  So Marcia and Catherine and myself started up a Facebook group which exists to highlight the lives of our ancestors – the DeWitty, Nebraska Homesteaders – who worked so hard to leave a rich legacy for us and future generations. We also plan to ensure that our voices are heard in the process of getting the landmark erected. We are not only hopeful but determined to see this happen.

Another great find is locating the platt maps of the land owners and by doing so I’ve been able to make the connection with my great great grandfather Joseph Birch and his father Daniel Birch on my maternal side.

So back to the grind… Oh and Sarah Brown  has a new blog up and running: BitterSweet Linked through slavery @         Check it out!

More later…..cya

Published by MsLadyJae

Joyceann Gray Retired US Army, Author of " Yes We Remember" and "Our DeWitty and Now We Speak" Independent Family Historian and Genealogist has a combined 40 years of service in the areas of communications, Real Estate Appraisal, and marketing. Her focus of combined colligates studies in Communications, Business Management, with a Masters in Psychology. Gray's historical and genealogical research is on her family movements from Virginia to Canada and Liberia. From Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Kansas to Nebraska and from Canada to Nebraska. All during the 18th through the 20th centuries. Her goal is to bring alive the stories of achievements and legacies that her ancestors left for present and future generations. She is an on going contributor to and also a founding member of the Charles Town Researchers. Her personal quote is “You cannot know where you are going until you know who you are, you cannot know who you are until you know who came before… It is only then you will find your Direction and Reason for being.” J. Gray Love of God Family and life! Married to my best friend, I enjoy traveling, researching our families histories and who they were as individuals, also I enjoy cooking and making my family happy.

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