Early on, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading about how others traced their roots, but it was time well spent. In October 1994, I attended a talk and book-signing in Atlanta. The speaker and author was Del Alexa Egan Jupiter, a fascinating woman whose search took her to her family’s beginnings in Spanish West Florida. Her ancestors were European and African. (Genealogy presents opportunities for forays into geography as well as history.) Jupiter’s book is titled, Agustina of Spanish West Florida, which she said she wrote primarily for the use of her family.
I can’t stress enough the importance of talking to our elders: parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, while they still remember events and places and people from the past.