Montpelier Slave Descendants Meet

There’s an unusual reunion planned this weekend at the home of James and Dolly Madison.  About forty descendants of slaves will visit from around the nation to help administrators tell the story of enslaved families at Montpelier. Slaves were the first people to live at Montpelier – clearing the land and building a house in 1723.  Over the next eighty years, the population of enslaved people would rise to 120, yet … [Continue reading...]

South Louisiana researcher seeks to preserve records of the slavery era

It is impossible for descendants of African-American slaves to research their family history without encountering the harsh reality their ancestors experienced, a local researcher said. For instance, looking through the kinds of records others might consult when doing genealogy work — such as birth and death certificates, newspaper obituaries and the like — may offer little help. That's because during the time the … [Continue reading...]

LDS Church Making Strides Preserving African Family Histories

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Genealogy experts are experiencing a race against time in Sub-Saharan Africa; an area that spans 36 countries. There is an urgency to collect oral interviews of African genealogy because family historians are aging and some are dying before those … [Continue reading...]

Native American Tribe Finds Slave Cemetery in Little Rock

A group with Arkansas connections says an unmarked slave cemetery has been discovered in Pulaski County on its newly purchased property. The cemetery has been found on a 160-acre plot of land near the Little Rock Port Authority on Thibault Rd. that … [Continue reading...]

The slaves who sued for freedom

I n New England, suits by enslaved African-Americans date back to Colonial times. The cases were frequently based on a slave’s claim of white or Native American parentage. But as revolutionary ideals took hold in the 1770s and ’80s, many … [Continue reading...]

Slave descendant’s genetic quest leads to African apology

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African-American businessman William Holland's ancestors were subjected to slavery in Virginia — but they were handed over into slavery by Africans. Now a descendant of those tribespeople has issued a formal apology to Holland for his … [Continue reading...]

Discovery spurs family history

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Elvie Barlow was rummaging through some of his grandmother’s belongings some 20 years ago when he came upon a document that would change his life forever. #African-American family is in its eighth generation of owning southeast … [Continue reading...]

Mississippi rebel’s descendants seek family facts

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One hundred and fifty years have passed since the Civil War, but in Mississippi, the descendants of a legendary rebel are still separating the facts of his life from fiction. Newton Knight, a white farmer from central Mississippi’s Jones … [Continue reading...]

WHS presents African-American genealogy conference: Looking For A Home June 21 & 22

African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home Experience a two-day adventure into African-American genealogy, featuring internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer, Tony Burroughs. African-American Genealogy Conference: … [Continue reading...]

Understanding History: African-American Burial Traditions

Cemeteries are a treasure trove of historic information. Names, dates, relationships, professions, property can all be gleaned by studying the gravestones and death records of those who lived long ago. But what about historic African-American … [Continue reading...]