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Indiana’s Early Black Settlements Documented With Online Resource

The following teaser is from an April 22, 2015 post at flyergroup.com: 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 sci-tech-today.com: 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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FamilySearch Adds Over 19.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; […]

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Tracing Your Bajan (Barbados) Roots

The following question was sent to Professor Louis Henry Gates, and was published with his reply (in consultation with Meaghan Siekman) in the October 10, 2014 edition of TheRoot.com. It’s a must-read article if you have Bajan ancestry. I am doing my husband’s genealogy. His grandmother was born Ethel (Etherea) Chantilla Pounder on March 23, […]

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University Professor Breaks the Code of a 150-year-old Confederate Diary

The following excerpt is from an article written by Eric Durr and posted at the humanevents.com website. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2014) –A university professor who is also a former government code breaker, and a retired college financial aid director teamed up to transcribe and decode the secrets in a 150-year-old Confederate diary discovered […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the USA

The following is compiled from the last two collection updates from FamilySearch (those for July 19 and July 25, 2014): During the week ending July 25, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 […]

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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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