My Gene Buddy was looking through the Newspaper Archives for St. Croix US Virgin Islands when she came across the Ad below that was placed by one of my ancestors. As I read the advertisement, I thought about the radio spots I use to write, in my attempt to create catchy phrases to catch listeners. I Laughed Out Loud…..at the angle Ralph Bough used in 1915 to catch the attention of the readers.
The Herald Newspaper advertisement reads:
You sometimes hear a good Sermon or Lecture, but cannot remember. How can you, when your Memory plays you such tricks.
You can help your Memory by notes, but you can have the whole lecture or sermon by taking it down stenographically.
As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today.
My family's research efforts have taken me on an enlightening journey back through the past in the U. S. Virgin Islands (formerly Danish West Indies) and Coastal Georgia. As with most people of Afro-Caribbean descent, my ancestry stems from peoples brought together by colonialism and conquest; it stems from people thrown together, albeit forcibly, by the throes of enslavement. As a result, my DNA tells me that my people originate in Africa, Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Lesser Antilles, and Leeward Caribbean Islands.
Two collections made my dream to research my ancestors in the Danish West Indies a reality. I have conducted extensive research using the St. Croix Population Database 1734-1917, a St. Croix African Roots Project product, and a research and document transcription effort sponsored by the Virgin Islands Social History Associates (VISHA). The other catalyst has been accessing the extensive photo, manuscript, and microfilm collections at the Library and Archives of the St. Croix Landmarks Society at Estate Whim in St. Croix.
My heartfelt thanks go to all my cousins, extended "cousin-family," friends, and research colleagues from the St. Croix-based Virgin Islands Ancestry Discovery Group, for their input and collaboration. I also want to thank the UJima Genealogy Group in Coastal Georgia and GlynnGen.com; webmaster Amy Hendrick has introduced me to Southern History and its people.
This site allows you to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) when life was both complex and straightforward. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email. Its.email@example.com
I especially appreciate the followers' encouragement.
Wonder how many new customers he got with that ad.
Just taking notes of the sermon ought to keep anyone awake…Stenography wonder if that’s still being taught.