Helping Hands

As 2012 came to a close little did I know that Luis, who found my great-grandmother Adele’s birth record, enlisted the help of his friend David to find tons of 19th and early 20th century records for Cadignans in and around Le Francois, Martinique.  Luis had met David, a French man of West Indian descentContinue reading “Helping Hands”

In the Margins

The actes d’individualite have turned out to be gifts that keep on giving.  Once I was able to identify Augustin as my direct Cadignan ancestor (see here and here) I went back to the actes and found his entry, number 559.  Without even being able to read the French handrwriting there were two things thatContinue reading “In the Margins”

To Speak Their Names

When people ask me what I hope to learn from my family history research there are two things I usually say are particularly important to me. First, like most members of the diaspora, I yearn to know where in Africa my ancestors originated.  For at least one ancestor I want to know what tribe theyContinue reading “To Speak Their Names”

Actes d’Individualite, Part Deux

These last several months I’ve gotten distracted with other activities and obligations, which means my genealogy work got moved into the guilt pile of neglected projects I no longer made time for. Well, thank goodness I was invited to present at the Discover Your Roots conference again this year.  Just as it did last year,Continue reading “Actes d’Individualite, Part Deux”

No Jumping, Please

Addendum to report #4 on my 2011 genealogy research trip to Panama I have to say, things have really been moving on the Cadignan end of things. I also have to admit that I may have gotten so excited about the progress I was making I jumped ahead of myself and went running full steamContinue reading “No Jumping, Please”