Betty Jean was abandoned in Asheville, NC in 1927. All her life Betty Jean wanted to know who her parents were, but her search ended abruptly in the 1950s when she was shown her very empty files by a clerk at the courthouse. Until her cousin contacts her asking about some family papers. "You know I am adopted?" and the cousin answered, "you know, helping adoptees find their families is one thing my business does?" Follow along as we work the history, we find connections and ultimately find Betty Jean’s Family.
Even though the guy who put this together has been informed, he has chosen to leave out cemeteries that include white people as well. Not sure why. That would include the Delaware State Hospital Cemetery, the New Castle County Hospital Cemetery/Farnhurst Potter's Field, and all the subsequent potter's fields in each county. He also left out Union Cemetery in Smyrna, which is an exclusively African-American Cemetery and home to a famous Buffalo Soldier and musician, Charles Terry. Sigh. He did not respond to my email last week informing him about all these other sources of burials for Delaware African-Americans. Not sure why.
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DELAWARE SNAPSHOT 📸
Counties by the Hundreds
Our three counties give Delaware the distinction of having the fewest counties of all states. Next are Rhode Island and Hawaii at five. Texas has the most, 254, followed by Georgia’s 159. Two states have none, as Louisiana has “parishes” and Alaska has “boroughs.” Only our state uses the highly debated term “hundreds.” Historians cite a 1682 letter by William Penn ordering settlements, like England, be divided into “hundreds” – areas of 100 families.
RESEARCH ALERT -- DIGITIZED RECORDS OF MOTHER BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH -- 1848-1892 . . . ".. . . The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce the digitization of records from Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, work made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. That grant, awarded earlier in 2020, was given in support of PHS’s African American Leaders and Congregations Collecting Initiative. . . ."
Continues on The Presbyterian Historical Society Blog; Shared via the Delaware Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
When people think of early colonies in North America, most commonly images of Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, and Jamestown come to mind. However, England was not alone in colonizing areas now known as t...
UPDATE: This event has already taken place. To learn more about programs offered by the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, DE, visit their website.
Original post: In case you’re down at the beach…EXPLORING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY THROUGH GENEALOGY
SOUTH COASTAL PUBLIC LIBRARY - BETHANY BEACH
SEPT. 26, 2022 @ 2 p.m.
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Join historian Mike Dixon as he walks you through step-by-step instructions for getting started on a genealogical research project. Using a how-to approach, this program gives someone interested in exploring their family history step-by-step instructions in getting started on a genealogical research project. Essential research techniques are introduced, genealogical records are discussed, and research facilities are identified. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on equipping the participant with the necessary information to carry on with researching and documenting a family’s history. Based on the group’s interest the records of specific ethnic groups will be included in the discussion. The program places a strong emphasis on the discussion of how the family’s story fits into the larger context of community and history. Sponsored by Delaware Humanities.
This program is targeted to enrich patrons' understanding of world/United States/local histories through lectures by qualified professors/instructors/organizations with time for audience questions and comments.
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FYI: This PDF is searchable so whether you are using a browser, preview, or Adobe Acrobat reader. To search, Windows users, CTRL & F or MAC users Command & F for the search window then type the name you are looking for. You can also search for birth or baptism dates in the format, m-d-yyyy, for example, 5-23-1908 or 12-8-1902 etc.