Are you prepared?

Are you prepared for a disaster that could take away your story?   I don’t know how you feel, but this has been a sad year for me.  Mostly brought about by media disaster reporting. I have felt overwhelmed by the steady influx of shootings, fires, wars, political insults and mudslinging, protests, and anti-protests. This… Continue reading


Passover and Easter: great times for family story telling

This last Sunday was Palm Sunday in the Christian tradition and all over the world some Christians lit candles and attended special worship services associated with Easter’s Holy Week, while Jews began their physical and spiritual preparations for Passover — making the matzah (flat, unleavened bread), shopping for bitter herbs and celebratory wine.   Like… 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

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


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