Good Ancestor – Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved people in the United States. Started in Texas in 1865 (2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed) when finally enough Union soldiers were able to enter Texas and overthrow those who had resisted the executive order to free those they had enslaved.  It is an incredibly important holiday […]

Roots Tech 2020 Highlights

My first year at RootsTech was fantastic! It’s so fun to be in a place full of thousands of people who all share the same passion for discovery, history, stories, healing and connection. Hands down, the best part was reconnecting with friends, meeting Instagram friends in real life for the first time, and meeting new […]

Family History & Racial Literacy

“By searching for our roots we come closer together as a human family.” -Orrin Hatch Family History is a gift that connects us. Not only to our ancestors but to our living family and ALL people – our brothers and sisters in our human family. Today I am sharing some thoughts and resources in my […]

Shame, Trauma & Family History

I’ve been reading the book “It Didn’t Start With You” by Mark Wolynn which talks about the cycles of inherited family trauma. In it he describes a study that found that trauma changes our DNA and can be carried through our ancestral lines for up to 14 generations. And the thing that breaks these cycles […]

How can we honor our ancestors when our history is complicated?

family photos, journaling, family history

It’s likely that most of us who have dug into our pasts in any way have found some type of skeletons in the proverbial closet. Trauma, racism, oppression, addiction, abuse, and neglect and painful and traumatic issues. They are also very human issues that pervade everyone’s history. Not one of us is immune. So what […]

Healing Through the Veil

Sharing my experience with trauma, family history and healing through our family stories. This video was originally created for Season For Family