Early African American and Anti-Slavery Newspapers: Sources for African American Genealogy Research

Genealogists are very familiar with the importance of newspapers in their search of family history. They have often been described as the "diaries" of a community, providing notices of deaths, births and marriages; murders and crime; political news, local events, etc. In general newspapers usually serve a geographical community, but also can target a group with a specific ethnic, social or political interest. Early African American and Anti-Slavery newspapers are examples of the latter type of publication and both are valuable resources for African American genealogy research, providing both … [Read more...]

Why retracing our African roots is so difficult

Many African Americans have longed to know their African roots, especially because our language and heritage have been destroyed by colonizers. Historians have long documented that large numbers of Blacks were brought from different areas in Africa to what is now the United States. But in genealogy research, researchers have to prove the identity of specific individuals, and then document and prove relationships of them to their ancestors. Read more: CNN Blogs … [Read more...]

Genealogy Talk Show Targets Mixed Raced Genealogy Researchers

Tune in to Anita Talks Genealogy Friday nights for topics on Genealogy. Host Anita Wills, gives Tips on Documenting and Researching for those new to Genealogy. The show covers topics of interest to those who are of Mixed Raced Ancestry. Join Anita beginning September 18, 2009, from 8:00-8:45 pm, (pst). Author Anita Wills, has written two Family History Books, Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of An African American Family, and Notes And Documents of Free Persons of Color, a Speaker on topics relating to Genealogy and writing Family History Books. Listeners can call in with questions, to (347) … [Read more...]

For D.C. Family, a Distinguished, if Little-Known, Ancestor

History has a way of sneaking up on a family, changing how its members see their place in the world. Sometimes it's a skeleton that bursts out of the closet. But sometimes, what's lost and suddenly found is sublime and amazing. A few years ago, Raleigh Marshall was finally getting around to sorting through several generations' worth of accumulated stuff in the family's ancestral home at 2710 P St. NW in Georgetown. He found a pair of heavy old lamps. He showed them to his father. Read More … [Read more...]

Exploring Native ancestry: a how-to

In a highly practical lecture Aug. 16 at the National Museum of the American Indian, author and genealogist Angela Walton-Raji offered little comfort for the family romances that seem to afflict beginners of all races in the field of ancestral research. Read More … [Read more...]