What Do You Call Your Great-Grandmother?

In our family, great-grandmothers were called Gan Gan. It’s what all the kids of my generation called our great-grandmother, May Curry, and it’s what all my cousins’ kids called my grandmother, Lurey (Curry) Albury. We never knew where the term originated — I think we all assumed it was something unique to our family.

My Gan Gan – Marion Mayfield (Gates) Curry

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The Queen and I

In researching a previous blog post about Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Finding Your Roots, I checked on WikiTree to find out whether he and I might be related, since we each have Gates ancestors who emigrated from Ireland to America.

Though I wasn’t able to find a family connection between Mr. Gates and me, I did a bit of exploring to find out what other famous relatives I might have.

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Happy 40th Anniversary to GTC’s Albert Lowe Museum

Join us on January 7 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Green Turtle Cay's Albert Lowe Museum!

Artist, historian and founder of the Albert Lowe Museum, Alton Lowe.

It’s hard to believe, but before the Bahamas gained independence in 1973, few Bahamians knew very much about their own history.

“We were taught English history in school,” my cousin Alton Lowe told me. “It wasn’t until I went to the U.S. to study art that I learned about the history of my own country.”

The more Alton learned, the more dedicated he became to preserving the information for future generations, and ensuring that all Bahamians had the chance to learn about their unique roots.

What Alton discovered about his home country shaped his artistic career — most of his oil paintings feature colourful and traditional Bahamian scenes and people.

It also inspired him to purchase a historic Green Turtle Cay home and establish the Albert Lowe Museum. Continue reading

Daily Photo – June 15, 2016

Recognize any of these costumed Green Turtle Cay residents?

While researching the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

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Daily Photo – June 14, 2016

Recognize any of these faces from Green Turtle Cay?

While researching the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

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Daily Photo – June 13, 2016

Recognize any of these faces from Green Turtle Cay?

While researching the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

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Daily Photo – June 12, 2016

Can you help identify these kids?

As part of my research for the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

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Daily Photo – June 11, 2016

Do You Recognize These Faces?

There’s a note with this photo indicating that the two girls are sisters… any idea who they might be?

As part of my research for the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

Next image: Daily Photo June 12

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Daily Photo – June 10, 2016

Can You Help Identify These People?

As part of my research for the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

Next image: Daily Photo June 11

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Daily Photo – June 9, 2016

Can you help identify these ladies?

As part of my research for the book about Green Turtle Cay history on which I’m currently working, I’ve come across many photos with unidentified subjects.

Every day this month, I’m running one of these images in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members. Please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the folks in the photo.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

Next image: Daily Photo June 10

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