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Honor your Walking History

“Honor the “Walking History” of wealth that dwell among you — Your Elders!  Listen, learn, record and chart their stories, we can benefit from their embodied knowledge; We are that much more abundant transcending the yoke of our Ancestors. And if you don’t know that by now, then start counting your blessings, starting with your breath. Drink from the fountain of Ancestral wealth, be full and then refresh the cup of another.” 

Excerpt from workingmylines blog: “Check Your Spiritual DNA” https://bit.ly/2kkoA1P
#BlackProGen LIVE! Provided guided advisory about accessing the public records to utilizing discretion and respecting the privacy of those you're contacting. See episode 74
#BlackProGen LIVE! Tips on researching your Living Family, Associations & Neighbors.
Providing guided advisory from accessing public records you to using discretion and respecting the privacy of those you’re contacting.
See episode #74:  https://youtu.be/oUxIwTlkU1s

  NO #drivebygenealogy here! 

~coinphrased by #BlackProGen Live! Ep: 74

A bit of my take-away from this exciting episode:

  • Research records accessible at County Clerk/Recorder Offices, Libraries, and include contact with your local Genealogical Society.
  • Look for Family names at Mortuaries, Cemeteries and Funeral Homes onsite and check for an online presence, including Obituary listings.
  • Think White Pages is out-dated? Think again, some Grandparents and Old School folks still have their Landline or the same cell phone number they first signed up for.
  • And the wisdom of my Elders share that, “a little manner goes a long way”.  When speaking with an Elder, make it your intention to give your undivided attention to the conversation with an open mind and ear. Do take notes and get clearance first to record.

Strengthen your Family Ties! Make a phone call, visit an Elder today; Invest in the time and gain wisdom that transcends time.

// #workingmylines

prelaunch: #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks

#workingmylines Such a wonderful way to share my Genealogy boudoir of stories about my Ancestors. I’ve accepted the #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge created by Professional Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow serving as a boost for those of us with aspirations to write Ancestral memoirs or a book; It’ll also serve as a creative outlet to elevate our narratives that educate Family about our Ancestors.  My formal posts will be on Mondays weekly, yet with this pre-launch I begin with one of our foremost celebrated Matriarchs, whose 1st year observance of  transition date recently transpired.  My Auntie Selyah remains timeless near my heart. #givepraisetolife

Maternal Aunt: Selyah Glenn Waters

birth: July 24, 1948, Oakland, CA | death: May 30, 2017, Oakland, CA

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My Second Mother                                                                                                                              My Mother’s 1st Sister,                                                                                                                      Middle-child Aunt Selyah…

Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Iyakekere (Community Mother)

💛I grew up adoring this beautiful Black Priestess, ready for the World before most; She dared the Mysteries, challenged Drum rhythms, reasoned with Nyabinghi Rasta Elders, and danced in the fire, YES I; She spoiled us on Black-skillet-pineapple-upside-down-cake, intrigued us with ghost stories and always let me play in her fantastic wardrobe.

🔮Auntie introduced me to OHM, Jambalaya, A Course in Miracles and eating red clay; Auntie was a Warrior Spirit, Healer, Teacher, Root Woman, and Bebe to a 3-generation tribe, with a deeper heart that challenged the hearts of Men and those of us who loved her.

🌹In her anchor legged-years, She allowed me to care for her through playful resistance and sometimes brave fights; She got to Love Jamaica one last time, not before invoking the sweetest Love blessing atop of my head, a Family Matriarch first.
🗝I honor Her for such life-altering gifts, I transcend Her wisdom and blaze healing trails of ascension for our Matrilineal heritage. I Love you Auntie Selyah…still missing you in such a divine and personal way, grateful you are ascending, prayerful we all continue to do so. ~Selah 

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Obituary for Selyah Glenn Waters [inside cover]
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Obituary for Selyah G. Waters [outside cover]
 

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Commemorative works in honor of Auntie Selyah 2017

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Auntie Selyah, an honored Ancestor at the Walston Family Reunion Memorial table 2017