Fearless Females Blog Post-March 9: Family Documents

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

Since I do not have any family documents on my female relatives such as the ones listed above, I decided to share one of  my mother’s teaching credential.

My mother Betty taught for three years at the Los Angeles City School District and then twenty-five years at the San Diego Unified School District.

Betty Peters Porter in class

The State of California issued the Service Credential to Betty Peters Porter. It was an Administrative (Examination) and the class was Clear. She could teach Grades-Preschool, Grades 1-12, and adult classes. This certificate was valid November 17-1977 to December 1, 1982.

Looking at this certificate, I knew she had to have a couple of others as she began teaching in 1963 and retired in the early 1990’s. She mainly taught 5th and 6th gifted cluster classes.

Clear Service Credential: Betty Peters Porter

Fearless Females Blog Post-March 6-Heirlooms

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)


Zara Cully Brown's Chair

When my Aunt Zara Cully Brown died, my mother inherited her dining room tables and chairs, a buffet, china cabinet and this chair. This chair was in my parents living room since 1978, and then when my mother passed away in January 2004, it has been either in my room or the living room.

It really is a pretty chair, but the photo I took was in the dark. I am not sure how old this chair is, but it has to be over fifty years.

Zara was the mother on the tv sitcom, “The Jefferson’s”

Wordless Wednesday: Bill Greene in the Newspaper

During the first half of Black History Month, ProQuest opened up its Black History Collection for those interested in researching their database.  I found this article in the paper of my Godfather Bill Greene, who had been a Freedom Rider, A fighter for justice, and California State Legislature for 25 years.  He died in December 2002 at the age of 72.

Genealogy When You Are Adopted

A few years ago, I presented “Genealogy When You Are Adopted”  at the 8th Annual Discover Your Roots Conference in Los Angeles and at the San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group. Searching your family roots when you are adopted is difficult to do if your records are sealed and you have nothing really to go on except your birthdate, and where you were born. Each State and county has different rules and regulations as to the access of records. I was born in Los Angeles, CA, and even though the records are sealed, I was successful in reuniting with my birth family.

At a later date, I will share my story.

Genealogy When You’re Adopted Click on name (link) for a larger showing of slide show.

If you are interested in my sharing more as to the process of research in California, let me know.  I can be contacted at

Happy New Year 2012 & Goals For The Year

Many Goals for 2011 were accomplished and there were some that were not.  After reassessing, some of my goals I had for 2011, I decided not to follow through with as I feel they are not necessary right now.  


Goals For 2012

  1.  Meet my Porter Family in Las Vegas: Date set for January 24 & 25, 2012 (Bought ticket)
  2.  Boston University Genealogy Certification Program (Paid last payment 12/30/2011)
  3.  Worcester, Massachusetts Family Research Trip #2
  4.  New Bern, Craven County Family Research Trip: Summer
  5. Riverside, CA National Archive Research Trip
  6.  New York Research and Tourist Trip #4 February 2012
  7.  Write and Complete “Embraced Identity” and ready for publication in 2013.
  8.  Exercise 3x Week
  9.  Lose inches to be a size 8 petite
  10.  Continue Family Research & Blog
  11. Blog Research for “Cully Family History, An African American Legacy.
  12. Develop Porter Foundation with the goal to raise funds for at least 2 Elementary Schools.
  13. Blogging Presentation for San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group for January 2012.
  14. Attend the Roots Conference in Los Angeles, March 2012.
  15. Finish paying for Tori to Spain, April 2012.
  16. Finish paying for Tori’s School Ring, January 2012
  17. Build various streams of income for 2012.Read at least 2 books a month.
  18. Raise funds for Uncle Wendell Culley’s headstone.
  19. Orlando Florida and Cully, Switzerland…Jazz Festival, April 2012

With all these many goals, I am so excited for the New Year!!!  I wish you all a Happy New Year and a Bountiful Year!!!