Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The White Little Bible....

Every so often... I go through Daddy's belongings inside his WW2 Army Footlocker, I overlooked the first time. I have yet to process all that he has. This is just one of many Genealogical Gems inside.

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Daddy's WW2 Footlocker in my Office

That's what this Blog Post is about. 

Daddy had this White Little Bible with a Name written inside.

I'm not sure of the reason he kept it?
He lived in many States before settling in Pennsylvania.

He also served in WW2. I often wonder if he found this in a chapel in Belgium? Did he run across this on a grassy bluff, or the sands of Europe while he was fighting?

SO...I'm posting it on my Blog in hopes, that it can be found by that special person. 

What do you Think? 

Leave me a NoTe,  Comment or
any Suggestion.

Paying it Forward
Random Act of Kindness 
is due. 

"The White Little Bible"

Monday, August 31, 2015

Miles-Daniel 2015 Family Reunion & The Union Springs Herald

Daniel - Miles Family Reunion in Stamford, Connecticut. 2015. 

The Union Springs Herald is in Bullock County, Alabama. 
The Land from Whence my Ancestors the Miles-Daniel Family started their Roots. It was quite befitting for us to be in the local newspaper for the 1st time. 

We Are

Descendants of Queen and her brother Isaiah Daniels and Husband Sam Miles.

more about Queen & Sam Miles Children
Thank You! to Johnny Adams, Editor and the Staff of the Union Springs Herald for an exceptional mention in the Newspaper of our Roots. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ike Ivery & Legacy Family Tree

Thank You! to Marian Pierre-Louis of Fieldstone Historic Research 

For featuring the Ike Ivery Family in a recent Blog Piece she did for Legacy Family Tree News. Posted in the bottom Link is where you can READ!

What is your Family Reunion LIKE?


Please feel free to ASK a Question? Leave me a NoTe or Comment.

I can help make some suggestions as to HOW the IVERY Family is Successful at Family Reunions

Or just let me know 
"What does your Family Reunion Look Like"?

Thank You! to Marian and Legacy Family Tree News from the Ivery's! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Slave Name Roll Project

For all the Slaves

of the 

Slave Name Roll Project

Created by: Schalene of "Tangled Roots and Trees"

"It's Honorable to do...You're RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to find them one day. 

Every time this happens, they are REJOICING! 

They have been in a book or  what have you for so long". 

a Quote from
True A. Lewis

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Genealogy Roadshow PBS William & Minty Ivey/Ivery

My True Roots

Meet Me in St. Louis.......

How I got on the show....

What Did you Find OUT? 

I think that's the MOST question I've been asked through all of this. This Summer, June 13th, 2014 they had Open Casting. I actually found the information floating around Google+. After pondering and thinking. I opened my Bible and read the 1st passage that I had opened up to. Read. Contemplated & Prayed. I don't take these things lightly. Like I said there is a Spiritual Component to me researching my Ancestors
 I knew it could be anything. Whatever it was I was gonna have to Accept it on behalf of my Family.  
I Got my laptop out and applied.  2 weeks later My point of Contact asked if I could do a interview? I said YeS! Thank Goodness. I practiced for a week and my DNA Cousin Shelley Murphy  Family Tree Girl!  click link. Hello Mother!
 She helped me out for a evening of conversation. She doesn't know it, but she knows now! We had wanted "Face Time" so it was perfect timing. 
My contact for the show, She emailed me details on the date and time. My interviewer made me so comfortable it was like a Great Conversation with someone you meet unexpectedly. 
It was the longest 3 weeks of my Life! I was wondering everyday and hoping they could find something. Did I say some off the wall thing? Was I boring? All kinds of thoughts ran in my head. Finally she called me back around July 23rd and said; Can you come to St. Louis in August? Sure; when? She replied we have taping on August 21st through the 23rd. During those 3 weeks, I'm waiting by the phone, checking email constantly through all this period. Making sure I didn't miss any calls or communication online. I had all 3 items with me at all times. Cell phone. Land line. Laptop. It was Hilarious and nerve wrecking! I was a bunch of nerves for a month. I only shared with a handful of people. I didn't want anyone to know I applied in case I didn't make it! I would only know!  So finally I broke down in a Whisper to her. Did I make the Show?  she says YEs!! We liked your Story and you made it!!!!! YEs you can tell Everyone your really gonna be on the Genealogy Roadshow!

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You know I had to ask her like 3 to 4 times through the whole conversation. I had MaDe It! She said I was more than Welcomed and that I had 10 spots available for family and friends! 
YEs True! You made it! Your gonna be on the Genealogy Roadshow! You made IT!

My Application had been Accepted! I went BoNkeRs! I had never tried anything like this in my Whole Life. I too always wondered? How do they pick Folks for these shows? Well now I know! The process went without any hiccups. It was smooth I couldn't even attest to any other way it would go. 
My Experience was a Once in a Lifetime Dream.
It spoke so much as to who My True Roots was and I was Ecstatic for Her and for Me! 
Especially for my Family. 
This is who it was Truly for. It was all Done out of Love for my Family on all sides. They choose to pick Grandaddy Ike's people. 
Out of 100,000 applications between 3 Cities. New Orleans. Philadelphia. St. Louis

                My Ol'Slave Made it!

Who is William Ivey?

I have a Timeline of 64 years of his Life for 1817 to 1881 for all I know by documentation for 
Grandfather William Ivey

William Ivey was born in around 1817. I've seen as early as 1812. What was going in this Country where it says he was born in South Carolina?

The State of Alabama had Freed it's Slaves by  The 13th Amendment which was on February 1st, 1865. 

 1st Census that I can find William Ivey is in 1870. 

William and Minty Ivey became a family in or around 1850 when Minty first conceived child at the age of 15. A daughter named

In 1853 William & Minty Welcomed and Praised God for their 1st Son. Issac "Ike" Ivery! He is who My Family honors every 2 years in Reunion.
 He was my 3rd Great Grandfather. A Slave......

This is where Genealogy Roadshow at St. Louis Union Station on PBS! comes in for my Family. 
Right under the St.Louis Historical Landmark at the Grand Union Station. Click here for more Information. 
"The Whispering Arch"". 
I can now tell that Whisper Secret out LOUD to you all!  

My question on application was? I needed to know was my Ivery's Slaves? Free Persons of Color? How did they attain their Last Name of IVERY? 

They find out William Ivey age 48.  He was my 4th Great Grandfather. A Slave...... Slaves! and Minty is with him. She was 31.  They were Married on....

Sunday! "November 5th,1865"
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William & Minty Ivey Marriage License

Now just think for a moment......

It took them 15 years, 15 Years...15 years to be able to go to the Courthouse in Pike County, Alabama to legally get married. Only for the simple reason they were FREE! They were SLAVES in PIKE County, ALABAMA as we know of today. Genealogy Roadshow provided proof they were not Free People of Color. 11 other Couples got married that same day.  

Prior to their Marriage I'm sure since they had their 1st child in 1850 which is 15 years earlier I just know they "Jumped the Broom" on the Plantation! 

 By 1865 they had 6 children born to their union already. Including Granddaddy Ike! he was born in 1853. He was 12 years old when he saw his Daddy and Momma being married. 
I know what I was doing at the age of 12; so I can just "Imagine"!  I dream of me being there with watchful eyes, being happy and content. 

Bullock County, Alabama was formed December 5, 1866. Before that it's made up of parts of Pike and surrounding Counties. I've learned over time when the borders for the counties changed. 

In 1870 they were living in Ridgely, Bullock County, Alabama. Married for 5 years legally. Together for 20 Years total! William was 53. Minty was 35. 

 I can see where Granddaddy Ike was getting his youthful ways from!
 Granddaddy Ike was 70 in 1923 when his last child was born! 

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William & Minty Ivey 1870 Census, Ala.

In 1880 William was 63. Living in Bullock County.
1881 he is still Living. I know from his daughter Isabelle (Belle) Ivery was marrying Charles Haynes on May 28, 1881. On the marriage license it states where were they married? It was wrote; the above parties were married by me on her Father William Ivey's Place. When I saw that! I was doing the Genealogy "Happy Dance". I just stared at that last LINE. He was still with us!

Look Below

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Isabelle Ivey & Charles Haynes Marriage License

So we know until 1881 he was still here at the age of 64. After that his location remains unknown to me. I can't find them on 1900 Census for Bullock County, Ala. 

My Family has a great start on finding more about Grandpa William and Granny Minta. 

This was a Emotional Journey. A time of Reflection and Contemplation. When you do this for so long and you get this Item. It's Overwhelming. So much is lost and gone. We might never find it all. So when this happened for Us. This Document we received. It's truly treasured. 

 This Marriage License it might seem like a small thing....it is Not. It is my Family's Oldest Document now. That one piece of paper tells a Story for all of us Ivery's! It says who we are.  That We exist. We come from this Soil. This Land. We were Slaves. We were Free.  This is confirmation. With this Document I can go further.There is more Work for me to do. Along with Potential Slave Owners from the research papers Genealogy Roadshow gave me of what they researched. It goes to show you also how Important On-Site Research is necessary. You can't find everything Online. I will do it lovingly for as long as I can. This also gave me more Confidence. As long as I have been doing genealogy and I feel seasoned. I try to be as accurate as possible. Sometimes I get nervous.   This was a lesson that I was doing my research correctly. It confirmed to me I can do this. My work can be passed on. It was relief to have a 2nd pair of eyes looking at what I do and that they know I can appreciate what they do as Professionals. This is hard work. It takes time and so much patience. It's not for the weary. There are many joys! The sorrows come equally with it. 

It's about Perseverance and Preservation with Collaboration
So I advise anyone who comes to you with interest. Love in their heart and conviction. Please take the time to help them. To share with them. Commune with them. We can not do this work alone. It takes a Family like mine who patiently walks on this journey with me anytime I need answers. Pictures. Documents. Or just to talk. I Truly stress My True Roots does not do this Alone. 
We All have a Story. I'm just trying to TELL Mine, Ours. 

Many Thanks and Gratitude for PBS. Genealogy Roadshow. Mr. Krasnow. Kenyatta Berry and My Producer LaMonte! My Researcher LaDonna. You two know who you are! Lisa Landrum and all the behind scenes people like Josh and Mary! Ms. Kay Porter for extending a Invitation for Pre-Screening to my Family from Nine Network out of St. Louis! My Cousin James, Bea, John Kite. Mommie & Daddy. My Beloved Aunt Sallie Bea. She always said she knew my Heart from Looking into my Eyes. Family. Bug&Pidge, my Parents. My Fellow Blogger Community. Everyone was on this Journey with Me, no matter what or how we have come to know each other. I took ALL of you along with my Ancestors. You were all there in St. Louis with me in Spirit. So this is just as much as my Journey as it is Yours. 
 I look forward to working with Pike County Courthouse. A first for me. 

This has been a time. I'm grateful for all the opportunities and the chance to be accepted on the show to exhibit that you can find your Ancestors with a little work. I'm thankful they showed my Family as a Example. 

 It's been a long 9 months! To hold a Secret in confidence. I felt like I was gonna "burst" by the time February 10th came and it ALL happened during
 "Black History Month"!

I think I have come a long way.....
The St. Louis Union Station episode was February 1oth, 2015.
I'll always Remember and Cherish for being on Season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. During Black History Month and near Grandaddy Ike's Birthday. It was meant to be!

Our Ol'Slave Granddaddy Ike Ivery whom my Family holds in high Esteem and Honor. He has earned his rightful place 162 years later! His Birthday is February 14th, 1853!
Happy 78th Heavenly Birthday! 
My True Roots
Granddaddy Ike & Me. 2009.

You ushered in a Great Birthday Gift to your Descendants! 
We; your Proud Descendants.We now have your Parents in their rightful Place to take us a bit further. 
We understand. WHY Family is so Important to you? Why you felt so compelled? Always keeping your 23 children together. What you learned from your Father and Mother that you carried the tradition on. It will Continue. So may it Be!

You were there Granddaddy Ike, that Day! as a Witness. Now this Marriage Licence will bear Witness to All. 

Sunday, November 5th, 1865!
One Early Sunday Mornin'!....
You were there....You were there. 

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Lisa~ Kenyatta ~ Me

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Girl Talk during Filming Break

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Break from Filming

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More Info on Pike County

Thanks to my Friend and Filmmaker Susan! (click here) She has Supported me so much in this Journey. She can help you Preserve your Family History as well. Look below at Link at what she did for US!

My Family Documentary about Ike Ivery to Me

Dedicated to My 1st & Only Granddaughter: Jai ! 
& My Future Descendants. 
I hope I made you Proud. 

Leave me a NoTe or a Comment!
Let me know what you THINK!
2-10-2015 Originally Posted
Dear Heavenly Father, I'm so "Grateful". it's Flowing from my Heart.

I Thessalonians 5:18


In EVERYTHING Give Thanks: For this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning YOU.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My True Roots with Dear Myrtle - Wacky Wednesday: DAR Episode

Dear Myrtle's
My DAR Application Review

Click Here:  Dear Myrtle & My True Roots

Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ along with Sheri and Marian did a Heck of a Job for me. 

I'm truly indebted. I feel blessed beyond. My words can't express all they did for me.

My Job is to "Pay it Forward"

Thank You.....

True! and My True Roots!

Monday, June 8, 2015

What does that Bird Mean?

Sankofa Bird

My Cousin John Kite Sellers, saw the Sankofa!  The bird symbol. 

He didn't know where it came from? Or it's meaning. He saw it on a road he usually takes and the billboard was promoting the Arts at a local museum in the area. This all got started because he saw it. I just happened to know what it was after he described what it's purpose was for in his city. So I explained....

I happened to mention that there is a Bird that symbolizes what I do. That is how this Blog Piece came about. He said "I saw that Bird", of course I said; Where? So....our conversation was long that night. I had went on explaining....

What the Sankofa Bird means to me and all Genealogist.  

Cousin John Kite has been steadily in my life since I met him in 2003 in Cincinnati at our Ike Ivery Reunion. We just clicked. He is a Historian. Lover of the Bible. He does good will out of the kindness of his heart only for the reason to be obedient to God.

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John Kite ~ Lump ~ Me,True.

Before Cousin John Kite...
 There was my Beloved Aunt Sallie Beatrice Lewis Robbins. 1920~2014. 

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Turning 92! Aunt Sallie Bea! 

She was the spiritual guidance in my life. She was my moral compass.  She is who kept me in line and on the straight and narrow about the family history. She kept me grounded and humbled. 

Now that she is gone since November of 2014, I think she has sent me John Kite...not to fill her shoes or motherly touch. 
He's giving me the backbone to continue on. Just went I stopped worrying who was gonna be my "family member" Mentor. John Kite picked up the gavel right where Aunt Sallie Bea left off. 

It just happened naturally. Who was gonna step in her shoes to not fill but keep me footed in the Truth?

The pictures of the Akan bird is the symbol of Sankofa. It comes from King Adinkera of the Akan people in West Africa

Sankofa is expressed in Language as so:
"se wo wer fi na wosan kofa a yenki".

It's translations means: It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot". 

"Sankofa" Teachs us that we must go back to our roots. Where we come from. In order to move forward. 

That is what Family Historians like myself or Genealogist do everyday. We reach back and gather the best of information of what the past has taught us. What it has to teach us. So we can reach our Highest Potential as we move ahead in Life. 

It Allows us to go back for what we have Lost Forgotten & Forgone or has been taken and stripped from us. It can be Reclaimed, Revivied, Preserved

Visually and symbolically "Sankofa" is an expression of a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg. The egg symbolizes the Future in it's mouth. 

1895 Bullock County, Midway,  Alabama my 1st Sankofa

I have Sankofa all around me at my work Desk. Titled in my Family Documentary by Me and in one my Favorite pieces I did when I first started. 

Sankofa is what I love to do each and everyday. I'm reaching back into the Past and Reclaiming my History. 

Alabama was my 1st. I wonder where my Sankofa Journey will Lead me Next?

Leave me a NoTe or Comment.......

Where has your Sankofa Journey taken You?

What does Sankofa mean for you?

Genealogical Sketch:
Ike Ivery
Leila Sellers
Saint Timothy Sellers
John Kite Sellers

Ike Ivery 
Eddie Lee Ivery Lewis
James E. Lewis Sr.
James E. Lewis, Jr.

John Kites' Grandma and my Great Grandma were Sisters