#34 How to research the “Grand” legacies

In honor of Grandparents Day, consider digging a little deeper to gain those important nuggets from the family tree. Honor your ancestral grandparents by researching your family’s histories. Begin with the most sacred and lasting technique in African American, Afro Caribbean, Native American and other cultures’ and that is storytelling. Here are a few tips:Continue reading “#34 How to research the “Grand” legacies”

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(From our first how-to book on researching African American genealogy) #2 Peek: Out of Sight e-book for beginning Black genealogists PART I: Out of Our Gloomy Past Slavery’s Impact Upon Black Genealogical Research   Slavery’s far-reaching effect upon the lives of African Americans is the single-most reason why it is challenging to easily research involvingContinue reading “Repost …”

How to find the hard-to-find ancestors

Was my maternal great-great grandmother a white woman or an African American slave? Based on the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census, she was both. In the 1880 Census, she was listed as Mulatto, aged 21 and working as a chamber maid. Was I surprised by the variations on race in the census? No and neitherContinue reading “How to find the hard-to-find ancestors”

Africa Burial Ground and 9/11 — National Geographic

IN A FEW WORDS I wish the knowledge about the African Burial Ground was as vast as September 11th. The reason that September 11 is so important is because of the people who built this city. When I think of the World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange, I think of how they gotContinue reading “Africa Burial Ground and 9/11 — National Geographic”

We are our ancestors!

SATURDAY            SEPTEMBER 4, 2021  I AM AN ANCESTRAL BEING  From Hillside International Truth Center, Atlanta, GA       Every cell in your body re-presents an Ancestor. These cells are encoded with the soul-print of your ancestors. You are the embodiment of those who came before you. They came before you,Continue reading “We are our ancestors!”

Repost #11 Genealogy TipSheet: Don’t forget the Potter’s fields

It is a tough lick when one cannot locate a relative whom we know existed, yet is not “findable.” In genealogy research, we refer to such situations as brick walls. One tool to help chip away at those walls are found in places that we may driven past a hundred times. In my home stateContinue reading “Repost #11 Genealogy TipSheet: Don’t forget the Potter’s fields”

“And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight:”* Remembering the Nine Soldiers in a World War I Photograph

November 7, 2017 By Ncurrie, Posted In Finding Aids, Military, Tribute/News, World War I Era Today’s Blog is written by Barbara Lewis Burger, a retired National Archives Still Picture Senior Archivist The above photograph of nine World War I soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment is one of several iconic photographs in the National Archives and Records Administration that document African American soldiersContinue reading ““And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight:”* Remembering the Nine Soldiers in a World War I Photograph”

#32 My recommended great reads: African American history

My bookshelf is stocked with a great variety of good reads. They are loosely categorized by subject areas that include “Health and Healing,” “African American History, ” “International and Domestic Finance/Business,” “Black Authors,” “Book Publishing,” and “Media and Journalism” and “Other.” I also have personal journals that date back a few decades. Over the years,Continue reading “#32 My recommended great reads: African American history”