Slave Girl’s Story Revealed Through Rare Records

Nearly 250 years ago a 10-year-old African girl was kidnapped and transported to South Carolina, where she was renamed Priscilla and sold into slavery. Unlike the ancestors of many African Americans who were brought to North America as slaves, Priscilla left a paper trail that tells her story and connects her to her living descendants. Read More … [Read more...]

Slave Descendants Face Struggles

It's hard to find ancestors who, in the eyes of the law, were property rather than persons. Descendants of American slaves must be tenacious to overcome the many obstacles imposed by their families' years in bondage. Read More … [Read more...]

A black and white connection through common ancestry

After years of exchanging e-mails and long-distance phone calls, Norman J. Landerman-Moore and Ann Moore Black met face-to-face for the Western Region African American Conference held at the Bellevue South Stake Center building. The two are distant cousins, related through a common great-great-grandfather, Caleb Moore, of Ten-Mile, Meigs County, Tenn. Read More … [Read more...]

Freedmen’s Plots

In the years of chaos and dislocation after the Civil War, a group of freed slaves clustered along a quiet road near Bethania. They tended garden patches in their small homes, worshipped in their own church and went on to establish their own school, two stores and a canning factory. Read More … [Read more...]

Tour unveils freed slave community

In the midst of Stones River National Battlefield lies the remnants of a community. Bricks from homes, broken dishes and pipes lie scattered in wooded areas. No one is certain how or why the community started, but the answer may lie in its name: Cemetery. Read More … [Read more...]

Even in Ford family, race divides generations

Was the matriarch of a Memphis political dynasty a white woman who married into a black family? Or was she a black woman with a white forefather buried in her lineage, a past shared with millions of black people? And why does it matter? An old but interesting article found here: Even in Ford family, race divides generations (Rep. Harold Ford JR., TN - Ford Family Feud … [Read more...]

Old Photographs of African Americans Unknown

Old Photographs of African Americans is a website dedicated to sharing those unknown family photographs with others, as well as submitters photographs, in hopes to identify or reunite the photographs with family members. Photographs submitted may have come from an old photo album, or have been found in attic boxes, under coffee tables, or in a family trunk. Check them out: Old Photographs of African Americans … [Read more...]

Black Folk and Their Kissing Cousins

Keith Josef Adkins, who has researched his family history for seventeen years, shares his discovery of inbreeding among his early ancestors. He writes: "In my research the Ayers and Lynem families of northern Kentucky married into each other's clans for a good century. First cousins married second cousins. Uncles married grand-nieces. A young woman, whose parents themselves were second-cousins, married her third cousin [who was related to both of her parents]. And just for the record, the Lynems were the children of the sister and two brothers from Virginia. And the daughter of one … [Read more...]