Exploring Native ancestry: a how-to

In a highly practical lecture Aug. 16 at the National Museum of the American Indian, author and genealogist Angela Walton-Raji offered little comfort for the family romances that seem to afflict beginners of all races in the field of ancestral research. Read More … [Read more...]

A Family Tree Rooted In American Soil

The old plantation where Michelle Obama's great-great-grandfather lived is tucked behind the tire stores and veterinary clinics of U.S. Highway 521. But its history and grounds have been meticulously preserved, down to the dikes that once controlled the flow of water into its expansive rice fields. Read More … [Read more...]

In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life

Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country and the childhood home of Zora Neale Hurston, is no longer as simple as she described it in 1935: “the city of five lakes, three croquet courts, 300 brown skins, 300 good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools and no jailhouse.” Read More … [Read more...]