Archives for August 2010


Two years ago I purchased a fancy microfilm reader.  Here it is, sitting on a table in the back of my office: And here is the microfilm collection I planned to work on transcribing, tucked away in a corner of my office: This past Christmas I bought myself a fancy scanner with the intention of scanning my photos and documents. Here's a picture of it sitting on my desk: I have Family Tree Maker 2000 (?) installed on my computer, which means my GEDCOM file is outdated by about 9 - 10 years (hangs head in shame). I have a lot of the new births/deaths/anniversaries/divorces that occured in … [Read more...]

Search for roots leads one man to Cedar Grove

When Raymond Reddick began going through his grandmother’s attic after she passed away in 1985, he stopped to look through a box of pictures. Inside were photographs of his family members going back several generations. For Reddick, it was just the beginning of an investigation into his family’s history that would take him from Boston to Connecticut to Chicago, and finally to a grave in Dorchester’s Cedar Grove cemetery. His imagination fired by the photographs, Reddick immediately wondered how he could match names to the unidentified faces. “I decided to take advantage of all of the … [Read more...]

Remarkable Story of Slavery, Civil War, Forbidden Love, Implicit Relations, and the Decision That Forever Changed a Family in The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story

Pembroke Pines, FL, August 13, 2010 --( Historical Biographer/ Autobiographer Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton today announced the release of The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story published by Outskirts Press. This remarkable true-life story tells the tale of Major John Knight Jr. - a White plantation owner, attorney, and decorated Confederate Civil War veteran and reveals the Knight family’s slave-owning history; Major John Knight’s valor during the Civil War; the forbidden union between him and his mulatto slave, Violet Knight; his decision to leave his estate to Violet and their … [Read more...]

New Alex Haley museum lets visitors search their own roots

Author Alex Haley, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Roots: The Saga of an American Family sparked a surge of interest in genealogy in the 1970s, is the subject of a new museum opening today. The Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center is in tiny Henning, Tenn., 45 minutes north of Memphis, and includes the 10-room bungalow that was home to his grandparents, along with a new $1.2 million interpretive center where, fittingly, visitors can research their own roots. The 1919 house where Haley spent many boyhood summers (and where he's now buried), has been open for tours in the past, but … [Read more...]

Gullah Geechee People, Maroons & Seminoles to Reunite in Florida August 19 -22

On Saturday, August 21, South Floridians will have the opportunity to experience an authentic Black culture that can be traced directly back to the enslavement of Africans from the West Coast of Africa. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and a contingent of Elders from the Gullah Geechee Wisdom Circle; fishermen; cast net and basketmakers; musicians; historians and artists will convene for a great reunion with Africans from the diaspora and our Seminole and Miccosukee brethren. The African American Research Library and Cultural Centered, located in the Rev. Samuel Delevoe … [Read more...]

‘Born’ genealogist finds ties here

Lisa Lee has traced her family lineage back to the early days of legal slavery in America. Her fascination with genealogy began in 1970 when, as a 14- year-old girl, she began interviewing her grandparents about family history. The California resident said she believes she is a "born" genealogist and that for each family, one person per generation is "chosen" as the ancestry researcher. "I think the ancestors really do want to be found," she said Saturday in an interview at Harrison Park in Owen Sound. Lee was the keynote speaker at this year's 148th Emancipation Festival, held … [Read more...]

Foxx learns his African roots

For years, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx could trace his ancestors no further than a mid-19th century slave auction in Moore County. Until Thursday night. That's when he learned that a DNA test reveals he's descended from the Fulani people of northern Nigeria, a tribe of nomads, herdsmen and warriors almost 6,000 miles away. "It's pretty powerful," Foxx said after a presentation of the findings at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. "It opens a new understanding that I didn't have before." Read more . . . … [Read more...]

Descendants dedicate headstone to ancestor

For more than 75 years, the descendants of Stephen Tarpley have held family reunions, and this year, over the Fourth of July weekend, more than 270 descendants reunited in Danville, Virginia and dedicated a headstone to their ancestor, buried at Union Hall Baptist Church. Tarpley and his wife, Delaware “Della,” bore 13 children. The reunion in Danville represented five of those children. Tarpley has approximately 1,800 descendents through seven generations, many of them still living in Pittsylvania County. The family alternates between the North and South each year for “food, fun and … [Read more...]