Sentimental Sunday: My ancestors in the news

Documents and artifacts I've acquired during the search for my family's history were featured in the Back to School 2012 edition of Montclair Magazine.

I want to thank the Montclair Magazine for the beautiful spread in their latest addition highlighting documents and artifacts I’ve acquired during the search for my family’s history and some of the resources I’ve used to find them.   The photographer had the great idea to spread out a bunch of my most treasured documents, like the newspaper ad my great, great-grandmother Tempe Burton placed in the Lost Friends column looking for her family who she’d been separated from through slavery.  Then, she took separate pictures of other items like the silver child’s cup given to me by descendants of the family that owned Tempe and a letter written by my fourth great-grandfather and made into a pillow by my artistic cousin, Monique. My town boasts a diverse citizenry from astronauts to actors so I’m humbled Montclair Magazine found room to highlight genealogy via my family’s history.

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6 thoughts on “Sentimental Sunday: My ancestors in the news

  1. This is wonderful, Dionne, and such a beautiful photo! I hope the coverage continues to link you with others who can help you in your search, and who you can companion as well.

  2. Dear Ms. Ford:
    Just found your webste afer reading “Montclair Magazine”. Congratulations on all your success! I, too, have been searching for family for decades…
    If you have not as yet, you may want to read “Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery” by Heather Andrea Williams. This book explores the “wanted” ads, “lost friends” columns and church announcements that former slaves used in an effort to reunite with family. There were some miraculous reunions.
    Be well,

  3. HI Dale.
    Thanks for posting. I recently learned about that book “Help Me to Find My People” and I’m looking forward to reading it.
    All best,

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