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What Goes Around Comes Around – RootsTech 2018

February 25, 2018 MHenderson Blog

  In a few days, Anita and I will be returning to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend RootsTech 2018, the largest genealogy conference in the world. Last year was our first time attending this conference, and what an amazing experience we had. Genealogy conferences like this one offer so much to new and seasoned […]

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Finding Famous French-Canadian Cousins

March 13, 2017 MHenderson Blog

For many genealogy researchers, we want to connect ourselves to a famous ancestor. It’s no secret. In all my research uncovering my military ancestors and those who have helped settle what would later become thriving cities, I, however, have yet to find a historically notable ancestor, or even connect myself lineally to a contemporary celebrity […]

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My Descent From French Ancestor Michel Messier dit Saint Michel Certified

March 12, 2017 MHenderson Blog

Once again, I have come to the end of yet another successful research journey with the completion of documented evidence and submission of an application to have one of my 17th century French ancestors named Michel Messier dit Saint Michel,  an early settler in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recognized by the Order of the Founders of […]

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236th Anniversary Since Agnes Mathieu Gained Her Freedom

December 16, 2016 MHenderson Blog

On December 16, 1779, Agnes Mathieu, my 4th generation-great grandmother, with the assistance of her French consort, Mathieu Devaux dit Platillo, was granted her freedom. This portion of the document shown here is part of an 8-page record detailing the necessary action taken to secure freedom from her previous owner. Not until the Spanish Colonial […]

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NCSSAR makes History in Harlowe County, North Carolina by Chartering a New SAR Chapter

September 5, 2016 MHenderson Blog

The North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NCSSAR) made history when the male lineage society chartered its newest chapter, the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter, in Harlowe township, Craven County, North Carolina on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Patriot Isaac Carter is the first SAR Chapter named after an African American patriot who was one of fourteen […]

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Homer Adolphe Plessy’s Ancestral Connection to the American Revolution, A legacy in the Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights

April 16, 2016 MHenderson Blog

I wrote a blog post on December 16, 2014 titled, Freedom for One, Citizenship for the Other, Two Signatures 235 Years Apart.  In it, I share how a series of events in my family’s Louisiana colonial past brought three individuals — an enslaved woman of color named Agnes, a white French national named Mathieu Devaux dit […]

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30th Anniversary, California African American Genealogical Society (CAAGS) conference 17-19 March 2016.

March 25, 2016 MHenderson Blog

On 17-19 March 2016, I had the pleasure of participating as a speaker at the 30th Anniversary, California African American Genealogical Society (CAAGS) conference held in Los Angeles, California. This year’s theme for the CAAGS conference was “African American History is American History: Reaching In, Reaching Out”. Also among the lineup of speakers was Anita […]

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Getting to Know Anna and Victor at the Whitney Plantation

February 3, 2016 MHenderson Blog

In a previous post, I described my experience visiting the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana. The plantation was the home of a prominent German family named Haydel who owned many slaves. The property has been restored and serves as a museum dedicated to those enslaved inhabitants who built, lived and died there. I found myself […]

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Henderson received Meritorious Service Medal From Georgia State Society Sons Of the American Revolution

January 27, 2016 MHenderson Blog

I was honored to receive the  National Society Sons of the American Revolution Meritorious Service Medal from the Georgia State Society SAR. This award was in recognition of notable service in behalf of the Society’s American Principles. The award was presented at  the Annual SAR State Conference held in Atlanta January 2016.  

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My Visit to “the Habitation Haydel”,The Whitney Plantation in Wallace Louisiana

January 26, 2016 MHenderson Blog

I had the pleasure of visiting the Habitation Haydel, known today as the Whitney Plantation several years ago after meeting Mr. John Cummings, the owner and visionary behind this amazing project. He invited me to see what he was planning to do with the property he had purchased. Since that meeting, Cummings and his staff […]

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