I am now more focused, more organized, and digging deeper through analysis, thanks to Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. I chose to do the "Modified Participant Option," which is more like a "Go-Over," and am now in the midst of Cycle 3.
Besides working on reorganization, I have also participated in several webinars for genealogy and writing memoirs.
Yes! At times it feels like it's just too much for this genealogist, who also works at a full-time job, who's working on BCG Certification and writing a family history memoir, to sort and file the myriad documents collected over years of research only to find that I didn't catch it all the first time around, and am expanding from four surname binders to six!
How do I ever keep it all straight?
To be honest, if you saw my office, you would be asking the same question.
I began the process of applying for my credential in May 2013, not realizing that I still had much to research and analyze in order to prove the relationships in my Kinship Determination Project, aka the KDP. This has been the most challenging section of the seven-step process.
In May 2015 I requested "my last" one-year extension, and I anticipate my work to be submitted within five or six months, with any luck.
Back to North Harlowe for HYMAN Family Reunion 2015
Also this past May, my husband and I attended the HYMAN Family Reunion in North Harlowe, Craven, North Carolina. What a wonderful time we had, making so many new family connections, and visiting with cousins we had met years ago at the Peter James HYMAN Family Reunion in Beaufort, Carteret, North Carolina.
As we looked over a manuscript that a cousin is preparing for publication, it became clear to me that there is a need to complete the whole family tree, beginning with the will of their ancestors' masters, Thomas Hyman and his son Samuel, uniting nine branches of this family.
I suppose everyone's African American genealogical dream would be to work back even further, to locate the plantation records and find the first African to cross over to the colony. And, how I would love to be able to locate any living descendants of the white Hyman family and learn about both sides, master and servant.
Nine Branches of Descent
- Abraham and Kitty (Brown) HYMAN
- William and Deborah Elizabeth (Dove) HYMAN
- Peter and Caroline (Borden) HYMAN
- Stephen and Betsey J. (Fisher) HYMAN
- Adam and Phyllis (Brown) & Jeffrie Ann (Cully) & Mary (Downs) HYMAN
- Merebee (HYMAN) and Lanan COLEMAN
- Rachel (HYMAN) and Hasty CHADWICK
- Charity HYMAN
- Jane HYMAN
If you descend from one of these branches and you would like to contribute to this project, please contact me. I would love to work with you!