Archives for May 2010

Archaeologists Dig Up Remains at Unmarked South Bibb Cemetary

The Georgia Department of Transportation and a team of archaeologists say they may be closer to understanding the history of a 19th century burial ground in South Bibb County. GDOT first discovered the unmarked cemetary near Airport South Drive in April 2008, while finalizing plans to expand Sardis Church Road from east of Skipper Road to US Highway 129. To complete the road project, officials with the Department of Transportation say the cemetary has to be moved. Now, mortuary archaeologists say they've discovered the remains of 101 people at the site. Skip Mason joined about 100 of … [Read more...]

USA Griot Launches Black American Family History Research Services Nationwide

With an expert staff including a history expert, genealogist, African American research specialist, European/European American expert, and an authority on Native American heritage, USA Griot offers family history research services. PR Log (Press Release) – May 27, 2010 – (Southfield, MI) - What is my heritage as an African American? What are the root causes of many problems that Black Americans face? And how can these problems be resolved for individuals and families? These are questions that most African Americans ask, without being able to fully answer. Southfield, Michigan-based … [Read more...]

Genealogy Fair in its 11th year at MSU Libraries

The 11th annual Regional Genealogical Fair has been scheduled June 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mississippi State’s Mitchell Memorial Library. Sessions featuring African-American genealogy, the Internet, and the philosophy of doing family history will highlight the day’s events. Connie Taylor of Detroit, Mich., will share her experiences in tracing her African-American family from the Oktoc community to West Point to Chicago and the wider world. Taylor will demonstrate locating both general and local resources via the Internet, networking with relatives to learn family history, … [Read more...]

When kin of slaves and owner meet

Betty Kilby was gripped with apprehension. Descendants of the white family that enslaved her kin were coming to dinner. She scrolled through a mental Rolodex of relatives who might flip out. Her brothers had already asked her: Why would you want to meet the family of those who held our loved ones in bondage? "When they ask that question," she says, "you kind of scratch your head. It makes sense. Why would you want to do that?" As the dinner neared, she thought of her grandparents, who had toiled in the fields of rural Rappahannock County, Virginia. "Out of all the crazy things I've … [Read more...]

Alexandria cemetery research links families

Charlene Napper knew she had family in the Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery in Alexandria, but she didn't know to what degree. Her mother knew her great-grandmother had been a freed slave. Napper and her mother, Dorothy Taylor, 96, have been in Alexandria all their lives. "We are truly true natives of Alexandria," said Napper, 77, who said her ancestors arrived on the first slave ships to reach the Alexandria shore. "When they freed the slaves, we were the only ones who didn't have the sense to leave," she said. The family met genealogist Char McCargo Bah, who was asked in 2008 to … [Read more...]

In search of the meaning of ‘Mozingo’

A slave house remains virtually intact at Locust Grove, a 348-year-old plantation in Walkerton, Va. My parents always said they thought "Mozingo" was Italian. But this was offered only as theory. We were open to suggestions. One came from an acquaintance who said he found a bunch of Mozingos in a phone book in the Imperial Valley and was told they all were Basque shepherds. On this authority, we became French Basque. Next we heard that "Mozingo" was an Americanized version of "Mont Zingeau," a mountain in France or maybe Switzerland I could never find on a map. All of this was … [Read more...]

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Partners with Archives to Expand Resources for African Family History

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News), a website devoted to making family history simple and affordable, announced today that Harvard Professor and leading authority in the field of African American Studies, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has joined as an official advisor. Professor Gates is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and host of PBS’s ‘Faces of America’ television program. “ is making family history easy and affordable for the everyday person. The site offers a rich interface … [Read more...]

African Ancestry Conducts Seminar at African American Cultural Forum in Hampton, Virginia Saturday, June 26

(Vocus/PRWEB ) May 5, 2010 -- On Saturday, June 26, the African American Cultural Forum, a brand new event taking place in downtown Hampton coinciding with the Afrikan American Festival, will welcome African Ancestry. The genetic genealogy company, based in Washington, DC, is known for using DNA to create “a vehicle to enable people of African descent to trace their ancestry back to their present-day African country of origin.” Afrikan Ancestry will conduct free genealogy and family tree seminars at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel. “We are very excited to welcome Gina Paige and Dr. … [Read more...]

Women Who Are Not Close To Their Mothers

A recent thread title "Ladies who are NOT close to their mothers" on one of my favorite message boards got me to thinking. I read their stories and sympathised. To keep it short, my mother yelled at us, called us names, beat us with an extension chord, never hugged us or showed any affection at all. She counted cookies and oranges and apples and punished us if one was missing. She worked the afternoon shift but had random days off. I never knew her schedule, and my heart would sink if while walking home from school I saw her car in the driveway. Myself and three other siblings left home at or … [Read more...]

Was first black priest black enough?

More than a year after some African-Americans scrutinized the blackness of the nation's first black president, America's Catholics are now wrestling with the same questions to determine who was the nation's first black priest. The debate emerges as the Archdiocese of Chicago seeks sainthood for the Rev. Augustus Tolton, long hailed in Chicago as the first African-American clergyman to serve in the U.S. Catholic Church. A rival for the title is Bishop James Augustine Healy, who was ordained in 1854, the year Tolton was born. But Healy, the son of an Irish-American landowner and a … [Read more...]