Honoring Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. As a reminder the President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the confederacy two and half years earlier on January 1, 1863. In…

The Grieving Genealogist

On Friday, November 13, 2020, my father, Wayman Allen Mays, passed away after a hard fought 12 year battle with colon cancer. Over the past 12 years, I was with him through several surgeries, radiation treatments, and countless amounts of chemotherapy. He never really talked about his cancer or complained about what he was going…

Going to a Research Center During COVID-19

It’s been a while since I have written a blog post. To say that the world and life kind of got in the way would be an understatement. I was still riding high from my trip to RootsTech 2020, where I was an ambassador, when the world shut down mid March due to COVID-19. Everything…