NOTE: I accepted the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge headed by fellow genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow in January 2019. The idea behind this challenge is that you will receive email prompts, a word or phrase, every week, and you find something about your research or family history to write about. I write in a journal about all the prompts, but I blog about at least one prompt a month. Click HERE to read about how I have incorporated this challenge in my blogging.
I accepted the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge headed by fellow genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow earlier this month. Amy sends out weekly genealogy words/prompts and then you are supposed to write about what that word/phrase means to you and your genealogy/research. I wanted to get my creative juices flowing and thought this would give me the opportunity to actually write on a consistent basis. So for this challenge the majority of the weeks I write my thoughts out in a journal. In some cases I already have a blog about that particular word/prompt. But there are some subjects that I will write out a new blog. So who would I like to meet? Honestly my list of relatives I’d like to meet is very long, as in all of them. But I would have to say of all of them, I would most like to meet my grandpa, Booker.
I have an entire blog series devoted to him and how I am getting to know him through my research. But there are so many questions that I have. I would love to ask him about his life, his family, and what he thought his legacy would be. I would love to ask him what he thinks of me doing family history research. I want to know what he thought of the civil rights movement, were his thoughts and ideas more on the side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr or Malcolm X? I want to ask him how he meet my grandmother. I want to ask him what my father was like as child. I want to ask him how does it feel to have a new generation of Mays kids making their impact on the world. But most of all I would like to look into his eyes, give him a hug and say thank you for giving me a name that I am so proud to have.
I may never get all the answers I want. But I am confident that I will get answers to some of these questions in addition to questions I didn’t know I wanted because of this journey. I used to call him my mystery man or simply by his name, Booker, but now because of this journey I call him Grandpa. And this is why my journey continues…
Click HERE to read part one of my blog series about grandpa Booker
Click HERE to read part two of my blog series about grandpa Booker
Click HERE to read part three of my blog series about grandpa Booker
Click HERE to read part four of my blog series about grandpa Booker
Click HERE to read part five of my blog series about grandpa Booker