Sometimes, we need a do-over. I have realized that in genealogy, this feeling may come often or after researching one’s own family and forgetting to document. After taking several genealogical courses and learning about proper citation and documentation, I took it upon myself to start fresh.
After researching my family for over 5 years, I have decided to start all the way over. I still have my completed tree with everyone, but I decided to rebuild both my biological family and my adoptive family tree only using real records, and very little family tree hints. My goal is to have these two new trees represent my true paper trail of my ancestors. I want to have proof of my relations to my ancestors, and it will come in handy when applying to legacy societies, like the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or others.
I have come to terms with the fact that it is very important to cite all sources and document your research. There are times when I have caught myself repeating the same research I had done, or tried to do, previously. This happened because I didn’t keep a record or log of my research. I have since learned from my mistakes, and while I will likely duplicate a lot of my previously done research, this time I will log everything.
My go to web service is Ancestry. It is easy to manage multiple trees, and save all records. At the same time, I do know that I need to keep an ancestral chart on paper and store within my files. Genealogy is similar to banking. You have access to your information online, but you also keep your information
While conducting research on the Cahee surname, I came across several findings. For starters, Cahee has undergone several naming variations. It took me a while, but I was able to create a list of the ways Cahee was spelled:
My goal was to try and determine a possible slave owner of my ancestors. After some extensive research I was able to come to the conclusion that the Keahey family owned my ancestors prior to being freed.
Guiseppina Sulic is my great-grandmother via my mom’s dad. She was born in Trieste. During her birth, Trieste was in the possession of Italy. Trieste was a territory that fluctuated between Italy and Austria. Guiseppina and her family were in favor of the Austrian empire. Her brother was Rudolpho who fought for the Austrian army but died on the Russian front. Ironically, Giuseppina, who was rather prejudice against Southern Italians. She married a man from Sicily who fought for the Italian army, against her brother. She then immigrated to Boston where they married and had children.
My birth mother’s family is of Louisiana Creole heritage. This is a map of the places in Louisiana where creole is still the spoken language. This language is significant to the heritage and culture of my ancestors. I wish I spoke the language. I am slowly learning more about the people and the attitude and atmosphere of society during those times. I am fortunate to not have grown up during those times. I would not have survived the prejudiced glances and racist comments.
Some of my Louisiana Creole relatives chose to pass. Rather than embrace their blackness, they chose to run and hide. Others chose to accept their skin color and heritage, but refused to accept men of a darker skin complexion than them.