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, Roulhac, now a federal administrative law judge in Detroit, is past president of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society. He is editor of “Jackson County, Florida,” which documents the lives of African Americans from slavery through the difficult and violent Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras to the increasing tolerance of the 20th century.
In “Slave Genealogy,” Roulhac shares his journey — through 18th and 19th-century wills, probate records, bills of sales and other primary and secondary sources of his ancestors’ enslavers — to find and connect missing pieces of not only his family’s past, but also the history of all African-descended Roulhacs.
The self-published “Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family: French Masters and the Africans They Enslaved” is available online. For details, visit the Roulhac family’s website, www.roulhacfamilyassn.org .