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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch: There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by […]

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WWI Black Veteran Memorials to be Posted at a Website Created by WVU

The following teaser was posted December 8, 2015 at A new project underway at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University seeks to document the history of African American veterans of World War I. The new website will allow users to visit memorials to Black veterans around the world through virtual reality. […]

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Milestones Reached in Freedmen’s Bureau Project – With More Volunteers Needed

The following news release is from FamilySearch: SALT LAKE CITY, (December 1, 2015)—FamilySearch International, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) are pleased to announce that exciting milestones have been reached with the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project (see since its launch on […]

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of November 17, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billion Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these […]

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Alfre Woodard to Be Featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday, August 9, 2015

TLC was kind enough to supply me with a screener for the upcoming show again this week. Alfre Woodard will be the featured celebrity on TLC’s Who Do You think You Are? this Sunday, August 9, 2015. The episode is scheduled for 8pm/9c. Actress Alfre Woodard’s grandfather died before she knew him, and his family […]

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New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by See the table […]

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White Woman, 72, thought She Was Black for Most of Her Life

The crazy Rachel Dolezal story had many of us puzzling over why anyone would go to so much risk and effort to make themselves appear to be something they were not. Now comes the story of Verda Byrd, who was told as a child that she was black, and went throughout her life believing a […]

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23andMe – DNA Tests That Are Being Using For Far More Than Just Ancestry

I ordered a 23andMe DNA test yesterday. Yes – I’ve taken one from Sorenson’s, and later AncestryDNA, but I’d like to see how the test done by 23andMe matches up to the earlier tests. I’m also fascinated by all the non-family history research that 23andMe does with our DNA – lots of health-related stuff. One […]

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Additional Freedmen’s Bureau Records Posted at FamilySearch

The following news release is from Globe Newswire: Note that links to the Freedmen’s Records at FamilySearch are found at the end of this blog. SALT LAKE CITY, June 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In recognition of Juneteenth, FamilySearch announces the online publication of additional Freedmen’s Bureau records—popular historic sources for those doing African American […]

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“Roots” Gets a Television Remake by A&E Networks – to Air in 2016

The following except is from the CNN website. (CNN) One of the biggest TV events of all time is being reimagined for new audiences. “Roots,” the epic miniseries about an African-American slave and his descendants, had a staggering audience of over 100 million viewers back in 1977. Now A&E networks are remaking the miniseries, to […]

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Ben Affleck’s ancestor may not have owned slaves at all…

I and many others wrote last week about Ben Affleck and his ancestor’s slaves. Now comes an article posted on The Daily Beast website that points out that Affleck’s ancestor may not have owned slaves at all. Following is a teaser. But new research conducted by The Daily Beast and Georgia genealogist Barbara Stock suggests […]

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Indiana’s Early Black Settlements Documented With Online Resource

The following teaser is from an April 22, 2015 post at The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has made available online the results of its research on early black settlements in Indiana. This effort is part of the Early African American Settlement Heritage Initiative. During the summer of 2014, the Indiana Historical Society embarked upon […]

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Ben Affleck Apologizes for Attempting to Conceal Slave-Owning Ancestry

A few days ago, Ben Affleck apologized for the attempt to conceal slave-owning ancestry, which turned up during research for the PBS documentary “Finding Your Roots.” Wikileaks published emails which showed the attempt – which seemed to have worked… for a while. I find it humorous to see that Affleck was embarrassed by the facts. […]

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Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane of Petersburg, VA Records to be Digitized

April 8, 2015 – AUSTIN, Texas — Three faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information have received a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop and field test a digital infrastructure for preserving and managing the historical public records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Petersburg, […]

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Mystery of African Slave Burial Solved Using DNA

The following excerpt is from an article posted March 11, 2015 at Researchers have analyzed the DNA of ancient teeth to identify the regional origin of three African slaves buried more than 300 years ago on a former Dutch colony in the Caribbean. The development could open the door to broadening the understanding of […]

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