Here’s the story. BEFORE our family’s July South Carolina Reunion, The In-Depth Genealogist published an article of mine. It showed my genealogical prep work for welcoming 80 relatives. It reflected how I might share, with some of them, my new evidence that we probably have living biracial kin.

The thing is, we descend from (white) slaveholders. Many families like ours have unacknowledged biracial relatives stemming from slavery days. My July article is at this link: http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com/?page_id=2441

Now it’s AFTER our family’s July South Carolina reunion. The In-Depth Genealogist is about to publish a follow-up article of mine. It describes how our big Reunion went, and how some of my relatives reacted to my hands-on evidence of biracial lines engendered by our ancestors. This article will appear Saturday August 25th, in The In-Depth Genealogist. Just a few days from now.

COMING SOON is another blog post in this space, probably during the first week of September. In the last few days I seem to have located, online, one actual living biracial second cousin and his wife, whom we could contact. I’m checking out this info, to share with certain relatives. We’ll talk, and email, and decide how to proceed.  Maybe nothing will happen. Maybe a lot will happen. A bud of information . . . may become a blossom. Surprising what you can discover in your own back yard.

I’m finding it tricky to juggle my own blog with an online publication, especially one so appealing and well appointed as The In-Depth Genealogist. I intend to write for both, but where does the “breaking news” go? Hm. I must figure these things out.

My first real blog was only this past January 18th.  For several weeks my blog told the story of how I wrote Into the Briar Patch, my family memoir. Now I’ve moved on to the aftermath – the book’s reception, the family’s responses, the ongoing search for biracial relatives.

In just a few months, all of you on Twitter have taught me volumes about using genealogical resources and gen-technology, about organizing, dealing with brick walls, networking, and so much more . . . especially about how to be a persistent, humane, and ethical genealogist or family historian. I’ll be learning from you for a long time to come. You are a great group.