St. Patrick’s Day

Of course, I'm Irish

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, everyone is Irish, if just for a day. I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps the only holiday where regular folks lie about their national ancestry.  Genealogy is about digging deeper to expose the folklore and myths of our origin… Continue reading


Black History Month Honoree

My Roots Foundation seeks to discover and honor the accomplishments of those who have come before us.  In celebration of black history month, we would like to invite you to consider the accomplishments of Glenwood Burden Sr., who in 1961 became the first African American to attend Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina. You… Continue reading


Should I use a DNA test kit?

DNA Test Kit   So, you are thinking about using a DNA test kit to further your genealogical research.  Before you swab your cheek, and drop it in the mailbox; there are a few things you might want to consider. One important question to think about is  “Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule protect genetic information?” … Continue reading


How to Search a Cemetery, Respectfully

How To Search A Cemetery, Respectfully When it comes to locating a relative or ancestor in a cemetery there are a few things I’ll call “cemetery manners” or “cemetery etiquette” that I believe everyone should know.  Here are a few tips on how to search a cemetery, along with some do’s and don’ts.   To… Continue reading


Finding My Biological Family – an Interview with Cathy Clarke

Cathy Clark Family Photo

Surrounded by biological family.  Second row: Cathy (in the orange cap).  Front Row: Uncle Buddy (86) and Uncle Jean (80).   My friend Cathy is a retired judge in Florida. At first meeting, you notice that her personality has a kick. Call it spunky, self-assured, outgoing, or whatever you choose. There is a quality about Cathy that exudes, self-confidence and… Continue reading