Archives for April 2010

Resource offers genealogy assistance, especially in researching black families

Family reunions always left Joe Kennedy with questions. The Shadyside resident took his boyhood curiosities a step further by starting a nonprofit that seeks to fill gaps in family trees, particularly those in the black community. Riverbends Inc., a genealogical research firm, received its incorporation license in October. Popular for-profit websites -- such as and -- have capitalized on people's fascination with retracing heritage and unearthing long-lost relatives. Sometimes they fall short for black customers because of the scarcity of records for slave … [Read more...]

Digital Archive Provides Access to Historic Atlanta Newspapers

A new digital database providing online access to 14 newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922 is now available through the Digital Library of Georgia, housed at The University of Georgia Libraries. The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive ( consists of more than 67,000 newspaper pages and provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. “This site will provide users with a record of Atlanta's history from its origins as a railroad terminus, through the devastation of the Civil War, to its … [Read more...]

Tombstones at predominantly African-American cemetery in Friendsville, Tennessee, vandalized, used for target practice

Community members are rallying around a historic cemetery in Blount County, after it was learned vandals were desecrating tombstones and using them for target practice. Shirley Carr Clowney, Executive Director of the African Americans of Appalachia and Blount County, was among a group of volunteers inspecting damage Wednesday morning at the mostly African-American cemetery in Friendsville. "For people not to have more respect for people who are buried here, it's very depressing," she said after seeing a tombstone pock-marked by apparent shotgun blasts. Read more: WBIR … [Read more...]

It’s All About the Records

Don't assume that the records are not there. With genealogy it's all about the records. Learn what they are, and go after them to learn your story. … [Read more...]

Finding Herself Through African Ancestry DNA & Genealogy

Come travel with me to Niger, Africa. The homeland of my maternal ancestors. We can make the connections now through African Ancestry DNA and genealogy. … [Read more...]

Family trees start at the root

Alexandrian Carolyn Philips McCrae knew that Gaines and Hodge, the two names etched into the pages of her 19th-century Bible, hinted at her family roots, but she didn't know how to go further. She'd hit a brick wall. Raised mostly by her babysitter because her mother, a Hodge, worked and her father had died, McCrae was in the dark but curious about the shape of her family tree. Out of ideas, she brought the book to genealogist Char McCargo Bah, who regarded it more as the first step to uncovering history and less as a brick wall. It was a clue. Read more: Alexandria Times … [Read more...]

ProQuest celebrates National Library Week

To celebrate libraries and the ways you help communities thrive – ProQuest offers free, open access to many popular resources. Access is available from April 12 through April 18, 2010. History & Genealogy ProQuest® African American Heritage (try it out | learn more) is a groundbreaking resource that brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts. ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers (try it out | learn more) for eye-witness accounts of history being made, start here. Search and … [Read more...]

Women discover rewards, disappointments in searches

The branches stretching through Patricia Moncure Thomas’ family tree are peopled with blacks and whites, slave owners and likely slaves, founding fathers and an abolitionist. Today, Charlotte’s descendants include educators and entrepreneurs, religious leaders and politicians, authors and doctors, as well as actor Craig Robinson who plays Darryl on NBC’s “The Office.” The history of the Moncures, Thomas says, is a true American story. Read more: The News Tribune … [Read more...]