Last weekend I attended the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical (aka AAHGS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, the conference was hosted by the Atlanta Metro Chapter of AAHGS.
Being my first national genealogy conference I was really looking forward to meeting some fellow family historians (I don’t think of myself as a genealogist yet), learning some new techniques for finding ancestors and learning more about African American history.
One of the classes that I was excited about attending was, Why Every Family Historian Should Have a Blog, taught by Andie Criminger.
Andie started the class with a quote that actually summed up the need for a family blog:
Preserve your memories
Keep them well
What you forget
You can never retell
– Louisa Mae Alcott
Now, while I’m new to genealogy, I’m not new to blogging, so I thought I’d dust off the old blogging fingers and start anew.
My plan for this blog is to share my mother’s side of the family (the Harris’); my father’s side of the family (the Washington’s) and my other family (the Belyeu’s). Of course mixed in are other surnames like Perryman, Mitchell, Turner, Rice/Ryce, Sanders and Smith.