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Gainesville, Georgia African-American Cemetery Found

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 8, 2014 edition of gainesvilletimes.com: A temporary, handwritten sign marks the site of the small cemetery. It reads “New Bethel Church, Strickland Cemetery.” The final word has already faded though the sign was erected only a few months prior. The sign was placed there […]

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AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins by Coupling Genetic Science With Historical Records

The following news release was written by Ancestry.com staff and distributed via Marketwired News Releases: PROVO, UT — (Marketwired) — 02/26/14 – Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their […]

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The Document Behind “12 Years a Slave”

The following easer is from an excellent article by Michel E. Ruane, published in the February 27, 2014 edition of the Washington Post. The slave manifest for the brig Orleans, bound from Richmond that Tuesday in 1841, included one Plat Hamilton — male, age 26, height 5 feet 7 inches, color “yellow.” He was one of […]

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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, […]

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Fold3 Offers Free Access the Black History Records Through February

The following announcement is from the Fold3 blog: In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3 is offering free access to all publications in its Black History Collection through the end of February. The titles within the collection present revealing documents that cover the history and contributions of millions of African Americans. Slavery Era Titles include […]

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Shelby City Cemetery Project Rediscovering Graves Of Slaves & Soldiers

The following teaser is from an interesting article posted in the November 13, 2013 edition of The Interior Journal JUNCTION CITY [Kentucky] — Jordan Wallace Jr. lived 29 years as a slave, three years as a soldier and 71 years as a free man. Now, 75 years after his death — and 178 years after […]

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Three Ethnic (African-American & French/French-Canadian) Bundles on Sale for 25% Off Through Monday, October 28, 2013

This weekend Family Roots Publishing is running a 25% off sale on three 2-item bundles of popular ethnic-oriented items. One bundle is African-American related, and the other two are French and French-Canadian guides. This sale runs through midnight EDT (Not MDT) Monday, October 28, 2013. All six items are also available individually at 10% off […]

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AncestryDNA Makes Scientific Breakthrough in West African Ethnicity, Bringing Their Number of Reported Genetic Ethnicity Regions in Africa to 10

The following excerpt is from Ancestry’s blog: The AncestryDNA science team presented the results of their latest research today at the Smithsonian Institute’s symposium on The African Diaspora in Washington D.C. Using unique proprietary DNA samples and a variety of statistical approaches, our science team has been able to separate West Africa into six separate […]

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Finding and Using African American Newspapers

Other than doing a Google search, how else can a researcher find if an African American newspaper was ever published in a particular area. According to Timothy N. Pinnick, author of Finding and Using American American Newspapers, Google won’t cut it. Researchers will likely need the correct tools and guidance, the strategy, to find these […]

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Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else

Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else, is the documented research for author Mary L. Jackson Fears’ 7th-generation slave grandmother, Luveser McCrary. This search, this story, begins with finding Fears’ great-grandmother Emma’s brother, Peter, in the 1900 Taylor County Census. This is not a how-to book. In the author’s own words, “The are other publications…which serve […]

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Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies

Here is another book where the title does us the favor of telling us exactly what the book is about, Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies. Of course there is more to it than saying this book is just a research guide. If fact, this guide has a very specific purpose and focus. […]

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So, if not white, then what am I?”

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article in the June 18, 2013 edition of the Victoria Advocate. For most of his life, Daryl Ewers believed he was white, but two years ago, he learned he is a descendant of slaves. “I just found out a few years ago that I am part black. I […]

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The 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops & FREE Access to Records of the Union Uolunteers in USCT Units at Fold3.com Through May 31, 2013

The following is from Fold3: On May 22, 1863, the War Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT). […]

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Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family: French Masters and the Africans They Enslaved

The following excerpt is from the Feb 16, 2013 edition of jcfloridian.com: The Roulhac Family Association Inc. recently announced the publication of Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family: French Masters and the Africans They Enslaved by Roy L. Roulhac, a fifth-generation descendant of colonial North Carolina and territorial Jackson County, Fla. slaves. Born in Marianna, […]

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Vanessa Williams Traces Her Roots Through DNA

The following teaser is from an article in the February 17, 2013 edition of HuffingtonPost.com The project that first sequenced a human genome in 2000 took 15 years and cost about $3 billion. Now it takes six to eight weeks and costs as little as $100. Takers include actress Vanessa Williams, who has a long […]

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