Some of us knew her only by her screen name--Seventies Soulchild.
Some of us did know her real name---and others only recognized her by her initials. But whatever she was called, we knew that she was one of the genealogy family. But today, we learned that without warning, she was gone.
For years she graced the daily chats, on AfriGeneas, sharing information on the latest that she found on her Mississippi ancestors, or data on a new line, and all the while she was also reaching out to help others.
She was not out to build an empire or become a leader requiring followers--she merely reached out to share. She demanded no attention, demanded no support for her efforts--she gave freely, which made her friends in so many places. As she found new and useful data, she quickly shared it on her blog and would answer questions to all who inquired.
Many of us met her several years ago on AfriGeneas when she would post to the Forum and would join the daily lunch time chats. Her sense of humor and willingness to share, was always evident. She was not one, however, to accept mistreatment of herself nor of others. And if she experienced a negative, she removed herself from that environment, exited from it with dignity, even laughed about it with friends, and then, continued to give to those who asked. It would be difficult to find anyone who had a negative experience with her. It must be said that her passing has left a hole in many hearts. Her spirit was a good one, and she touched many leaving behind many friends who will truly miss her in the genealogy community.
Rest in peace Soulchild. As you now walk with the ancestors, know that those whom you touched have appreciated you, will miss you, and shall never discount what you gave to others.
Good speed, dear soul.