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Researching your roots can be very interesting and lots of fun. You will discover many facts about your ancestry that you never thought about before. You may choose to research one or two ancestors and learn about the customs, culture, and history of the country they immigrated from.
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Researching your roots can be very interesting and lots of fun. You will discover many facts about your ancestry that you never thought about before.
You may choose to research one or two ancestors and learn about the customs, culture, and history of the country they immigrated from.
Begin your research by talking to family members, especially grandparents and great-grandparents.
Take notes on interesting facts and stories that they relate to you. Ask if there are any photos or news clippings available that you may borrow for your project.
Make a family tree to trace your roots.
Create a slide presentation using your gathered data.
Following is a brief slide presentation on my Cherokee roots.
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Anna May Yohe (great-grandmother) Washington Irvine (great-grandfather)
Full blooded Cherokee Master carpenter, worked on C & O Canal,
Family escaped the Trail of Tears designed and built home place in 1888 …Four
generations lived in the house. It was sold in 1988.
Olive May Harry (grandfather) William James
Movie star Married:
Sophia Maria Sibley
MarieNellie (my mother) Julian
Killed by ice wagon—age 8 Richard L. Linthicum (my father) Died in infancy
Anna May (Yohe) Irvine
Great-Grandmother, Anna May Yohe, was of the Eastern tribe of Cherokee. Her parents escaped the Trail of Tears as they were one of many that hid out in the Great Smokey Mountains when the US. Army was busy capturing their family and friends in an effort to move them west. Her family migrated north, settling in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
She met and married my great-grandfather, Washinton Irvine. Her middle son, Harry, my grand-father came to Cumberland at age fifteen to work in the Tin Mill. He later entered politics, holding many offices, the last one being the mayor of Cumberland, MD.
Mother’s of the Cherokee grieved so much for their children that the chiefs prayed for a sign to lift their spirits. From that day a beautiful, new flower, a rose, grew wherever a mother’s tear fell to the ground.
Color white—is for a mother’s tears
Gold—is for the gold taken from Cherokee lands
Seven leaves—represent the seven Cherokee clans that traveled the “Trail of Tears”
Grandmother’s talent for beadwork was never practiced until I began the hobby twenty years ago. I have completed belts, earrings, necklaces, dream catchers and medicine wheels.
My work is done on a handmade loom, which was made by my father. A modern version of it is seen below.
Beads are threaded accordingly to color design
The thin beading needle is then worked through the
beads going over and under the thread warps and
the direction is reversed when working needle back
Result: beautiful color design as seen above.
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God's Sonpaid for us.Now to Heaven He wentafter paying for us.Then He spokewhen He rose.I'll come the second timeHe said when He spoke.All the world will endwhen He returns.We will all see Himhere the world over.The righteous who liveHe will come after.In heaven now alwaysin peace they will live.
John Newton wrote Amazing Grace in 1779. The Cherokee could be heard singing this as they were forced to march west in the historic “Trail of Tears”. The Cherokee has adopted the hymn . Unofficially some claim it as their National Anthem.
* An amazing fact about Mr. Newton is: he was a non-believer in God until he reached his twenties. It was in his early thirties that he became a devout minister.
Amazing Grace is a hymn that is sung by people of all ages… I have learned to sing it in the Cherokee language……
As you listen to the haunting words, close you eyes and imagine being forced to march from your homeland, while enduring the cruelty and starvation that these innocent people suffered needlessly.
Until We Meet Again…