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...]

Awareness Of African Ancestry

Many African-Americans, including this writer, have wondered exactly where in Africa our roots can be traced. I had a heritage honor last week. That was to present to my mother’s side of our family DNA results, indicating our origin on the Motherland. Words cannot express my feelings in learning the most probable basis of our family’s lineage. Read More … [Read more...]