Happy Holidays and Thank You

I never know where this genealogy journey is going to take me, and I never know who I will meet along the way. This genealogy journey has made me into a list person.  I write out lists of books I want to read, ancestors I want to research.  I make lists of libraries, research centers…

WIN an AncestryDNA® Test Kit

UPDATE: Congratulations to Chuck Knoll on winning the AncestryDNA kit. Your kit will be in the mail ASAP! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I will be spending the holidays with family so I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am excited to be launching my very first #LovetheJourney…

12 Days of My Family – Day 12

This is my foundation.  The people in this photo have been with me for all of my milestones including my own birth.  These are the people that root for me, pick me up, dust me off, and send me back out into the world stronger than I was before.  I didn’t pick them to be…

12 Days of My Family – Day 11

These are my two heartbeats, my son Wesley and my husband, Phillip.  The sound of most people’s heart goes lub-DUB.  Not mine, my heartbeat is a very strong, loud, and pronounced Phillip-Wesley. I started researching because my son asked me questions about some family photos that I didn’t have answers to.  My husband has encouraged me to not only continue…

12 Days of My Family – Day 10

This is a photo of my maternal grandfather, Gus Hatchett (standing on the right), along with his brothers and sisters.  These are the children of Evva and Mattie Heck Hatchett.

12 Days of My Family – Day 8

This is the family I married into.  They have embraced me, accepted me, and loved me for over 20 years. This is a photo of my husband, Phillip, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cummings, his brothers William and Adrian, and his sister, Constance.

12 Days of My Family – Day 7

This is one of my favorite photos because both of my grandmothers are in it.  It was taken May 1990 at my brother’s high school graduation.  In this photo are my paternal grandmother, Gladys Denson Mays; my mother, Patricia Hatchett Mays; my brother, Russell Mays; my maternal grandmother, Ernestine Wright Hatchett; and my dad, Wayman…

12 Days of My Family – Day 6

This is my great grandmother, Nona Skipper Wright.  She was born May 2, 1892 in Woodruff county, Arkansas to Jake and Josie Ward Skipper.  She died on January 10, 1992 in Newport, Arkansas

12 Days of My Family – Day 5

This is my paternal great grandfather, Wayman Alexander Denson.  He was born on January 21, 1896 in Alabama to John Denson and Charlotte McVay Denson.  He died on July 7, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was the father of Gladys Denson Mays, Wayman Denson Jr., and Brenda Denson Moore.

12 Days of My Family – Day 4

This is my dad, Wayman A. Mays (on the left) along with his sister, Ann James, and his brother Leslie Mays.  I like to call them the original Mays kids.  They are the children of Booker and Gladys Denson Mays.

12 Days of My Family – Day 3

My parents were blessed with all grandsons.  I call them the Mays boys.  Our next generation:  Allen, Eric, Wesley, and Patrick.