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One lovely blog? Why, thank you!

In recent days, I’ve been twice nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award. Many thanks to Maryann Barnes and Tiffiny for their thoughtfulness and kind words. It’s always nice to know that one is not only heard, but appreciated.

The “rules” for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
  • Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Seven things:

  • I was born in a segregated hospital in Wilson, North Carolina.
  • I drew my first family tree in a fifth grade school project.
  • In a chance conversation in the spring of 1985, I learned that census records were on microfilm at my university library. I knew my great-grandmother’s name; I looked for it. When I found her living with her grandparents in 1910, I nearly passed out. I’ve been researching ever since.
  • My master’s thesis examined the involuntary apprenticeship of free children of color in Wayne County, North Carolina.
  • I descend from members of nearly every strata of antebellum North Carolina society – enslaved people, free people of color, Native Americans, white yeomanry, the white planter class. (I blog about free people of color at http://www.ncfpc.net.)
  • Since at least the Revolutionary War, all my ancestors have been born in either North Carolina or Virginia.
  • I have a Sankofa tattoo.

Blogs I admire (at the moment — the list changes):