Monday, February 27, 2012

Seven Generations of my Family lineage documented On Display At the National Archives in Atlanta

Continuing my ancestral journey on display at the
National Archives in Atlanta. 

    I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Black Family History Symposium sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in partnership with the National Archives Record Administration in Atlanta, Ga.  The theme of this year's event was "Continuing the Journey of Generations."

   My participation in this event included a display of seven generation's of my ancestry, covering some 275 years. The research on display goes as far back as my fourth generation great-grandparents -- a former slave woman named Agnes, who gained her freedom on December 16, 1779, and her french consort, an American Revolutionary War Patriot, Mathieu Devaux dit Platilla. The display shows the various documents that helped make me eligible for induction into the National Society Sons of the American Revolution .

  Also on hand throughout the day were several family history and genealogical organizations including representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Metro-Atlanta Chapter.

  I was honored to have received an Award of Excellence in Leadership and Service from the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Here are a few pictures from the event.

My sisters, Jane Bronner (L) and
 Cynthia Henderson (R), joined me at
 the National Archives in Atlanta.
Photographed by
Jena P. Jones
the funyfarm  photographic svcs

Jane Bronner (back) and Cynthia Henderson (forward),
review our family's lineage displayed in cases.

Documents and pictures of my induction into the
National Society Sons of the American Revolution
on display.

Civil Rights photographer
  Dr. Doris Derby
reviews my family photos in display case.

 A look from above of what
 Dr. Doris Derby and others are viewing

Author and member of AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter,
 Melvin Collier, reviews
my family documents on display.

A view from above of what
Melvin is viewing

My sister Jane Bronner (left) explains
family links to a few onlookers.  

Lady Rochelle sees some familiar faces in
my family history display case.

Representatives Mrs Leslie Watkins of the DAR
and Mr Bruce Maney of the SAR 

These boy scouts were here today to earn their
Genealogy merit badge
Michael Henderson and Bruce Maney
Button Gwinnett Chapter Georgia Society SAR 
Michael Henderson and Charles Williams,
Founder and CEO
 Save the Family Institute, Inc

Members of the Afro-American Historical and
Genealogy Society AAHGS - Metro Atlanta
 assist attendees with information about organization

Virgil and Debra Fancher, Cynthia Henderson
Mrs. Ruth Saunders and Jane Bronner
Full House Captured by Photographer
Jena P. Jones
the funyfarm  photographic svcs

"Your Ancestors are Looking For You"
was the theme of my keynote address.

 presented with an
Award of Excellence in Leadership and Service
by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

         Be sure to visit my Facebook page: GOT PROOF!  there you'll be kept posted on my new memoir due out early spring 2013


  1. Michael,

    Congratulations on your award!
    Your efforts validate us and make us proud!

    Peace & Blessings,
    "Guided by the Ancestors"

  2. This is so exciting! Im so happy for you and your family!

  3. Thanks George and Tiffany......

    This journey has been both a blessing and a wonderful experience. Hopefully, it will continue to inspire others to consider doing the same.

    It's true "Our Ancestors are looking for us", and are waiting to share their stories through each one of Us.

  4. What a wonderful honor to your ancestors, you and your family! This encourages me to keep doing what I am doing. Our ancestors want to be known.

  5. Thanks Yvette, I am pleased to hear you are inspired to continue your research.