Monday, December 29, 2014

Family Tree Now

So, I am placing this here as a reminder to myself. This is the poor (wo)man's It is a database with free census, marriage and other records...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Yes i'm still around

Yes I am still around.

Still thinking of how to expand my family tree and the knowledge I have of my close and remote ancestry. If you've done this, you know how hard this can be.

But I have not given up. (If I haven't already mentioned it. But knowing me, I probably have.) I actually currently work in my school's Dept. of Anthropology, on a project that pertains to the genetic diversity of East Africa.

So when I say I haven't given up, well, that is an understatement. I am working towards a career in genetics, because even though I won't be piecing together the clues of my ancestry as part of my work, I will still have the passion and drive to work on the genetic puzzle that creates both the differences and similarities between us all.

The story of our genetics is also the story of history.

I will also be learning the sort of skills that will enable me to find out more about myself than I can as a consumer of genetic and genealogy products.


So today I learned some interesting facts while talking to my grandfather (William Carmon). Apparently my great grandfather, James Ponybill Carmon, in addition to WWII draft card bad***-ery, also made vodka for a living, among doing other farm tasks. This kind of goes with the previous post where I discussed this farm his parents owned; the details of which are still unknown. I just thought that was an interesting side note.

In addition, he gave me quite a few more names for my family tree. He went to see some of his sisters/brothers in Greenville:


Pearlie Mae

Ella (Twins)

Linda (Another set of twins!)


Beal (?, Unsure)
Johnny Ray
Jamie Ray

The 2 sets of twins make me think of Ibeji:

(From Wiki)
Ibeji (known as Ibej√≠Ibey√≠, or Jimaguas in Latin America) is an Orisha. They are syncretized with Saints Cosmas and Damian.

While the birth rate of monozygotic twins is relatively constant worldwide, about 4 per 1000 births, that rate for dizygotic twins varies widely. The incidence of dizygotic twin births in much of Africa is significantly greater than in the United States, with the highest incidence among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, with a frequency of 47 per 1000 births