Genealogy Column featured in Omaha hometown newspaper

A funny thing happened on the way to 2023. T. Sanders,publisher of my hometown Black-owned and operated newspaper, The Omaha Star, contacted me and asked if she could share my blog and post.

“Of course!” was my response.

With that, Sanders, publisher of weekly newspaper made a separate request for the “original” digital photograph of the Good Genes Genealogy Services team’s Maternal Great-Grandmother Edna and her daughter, our Grandmother Helen.

I also included a photograph of my family — sans my Dad who was usually in our family pictures. My mother, Angeline Wead, left; me (Ann); brother Gene; sister Denise “Candy”; Great Grandmother Edna and in the front row, sister Melissa.

Based on the background curtains, it appears we took this photograph at our grandmother’s residence, Evans Towers senior citizens building in north Omaha. It was probably taken in 1970 as I was about that height — 5’11” — when I was 12 years old.

The upshot? I encourage everyone to write and record something about your family. It just might end up in your hometown newspaper.

We have a great lineage of long lives. Grandma Robinson, center, celebrating.

1. Time to get in check (list) with our multi-generational chart updates

It’s 2023. Just in time for New Year’s resolutions to enhance our families’ five-generational check as supplied — for free — by the U.S. National Archives.

This is step one (1) of a multi-phase prep for the Good Genes Genealogy Services’ 2023 workshops and webinars. Stay tuned!

My big brother, Gene, and young sister, Missy, in our yard in Omaha, Nebraska sometime in 1967 or 1958.

Our Wilkes family gathering sometime in the 1920s.

1966 Finding my roots: Another great Omaha experience in my Dad’s old “hood”

This post is also a test for my future podcast via the Anchor network. Please stand by for results

1966 PHOTO: Lutheran Ministry Center’s annual Palm Sunday march around the Logan Fontenelle housing projects

What about reparations for African American women?

It happens in other cultures and countries. Austria, France, South Africa and France are among the countries that provide financial and mental health reparations to victims of past atrocities.

Check out what Gwen McKinney has to say about this hot topic:

Proud to share our latest podcast, Reparations: Beyond Acres and the Mule.  Along with the policy implications, reparations comes with the human saga.  We feature scholar/historian/civil rights champion Mary Frances Berry who shares the story of Callie House, a formerly enslaved washer woman who struck the first blow for repatriation and repair as the little-known mother of the reparations movement. We also give voice to a multigenerational chorus of sister warriors including Rosemarie Mealy, Nkechi Taifa, Robin Rue and Dreisen Heath.  True to our mission, the podcast advances narratives that unerase the truths of Black women, often maligned and marginalized in both the historical and contemporary record.  Please take a listen HERE from our website or visit whatever streaming service you prefer for Unerased Kitchen Table Talks.

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2. Will we see reparations come to fruition? Meet advocates from the National African American Reparations Commission leading the way to institute federal reparations laws in the latest @UnerasedBWS podcast episode. Tune in, subscribe, share!

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