This is the story of my 2x great uncle, Olevy Helaire. I was inspired to learn and write about him because he was such a mystery to my family. Our family never knew much about him and we have never seen a picture. In fact, the only reason that I know of his existence is from my grandmother who is now 105 years old, Elvira Helaire-Davis. She once told me when I was a child that her father, Felix Helaire, had a brother in New Orleans – her uncle Oliver Helaire, as she referred to him. Over the years, I recall seeing his name listed in a couple of family genealogy records; but nothing more than a reference to his birth and him as a child in one of the census records. Beyond this, no one has been able to provide any information about the life of my 2x great uncle Olevy “Oliver” Helaire, until now. I dedicate this story of my dear ancestor to my grandmother Mrs. Elvira Helaire Davis, my late mother, Mrs. Girther Lee Davis Strong, my Aunt Jeannie Davis, and my mother’s first cousin Olevia Helaire, for whom, I suspect, he was named after our ancestor, 2x great uncle, Olevy “Oliver” Helaire (ref. Henry Helaire Sr.)
I created this site so that I can begin to document my own ancestry research as well as the amazing journey that have led to amazing discoveries and significant family connections. At Strong Genealogy, I have an opportunity to build on the ancestry, historical and family connections to work within my own family and others to continue the legacies of our ancestors.
Simply put, Strong-Gen specializes in helping families network and build on their ancestry in order to further their family’s legacies together.
Why Is This Important?
- Because it gives honor and dignity to our ancestors whose stories have been so often vanished over time
- Because it gives meaning and a sense of pride to the living descendants to have an opportunity to improve upon and make a better world than the one that our ancestors lived.
I decided to take this passion to the public because I know there are many others who share the same passion. I know there are those who are passionate about connecting their family and would love to build on their family legacy, but have no idea where to start.
If you are interested in learning about my discoveries and some of the ways I am connecting ancestry to build on family legacies, please continue to follow my blog!