As African American History month comes to a close, I'm writing my first post releasing the names of enslaved individuals found in my genealogy research. Inspired by other bloggers and my experiences during African Heritage day at RootsTech 2017, I am joining in the effort to help African Americans find their family, taking inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "The time is always right to do what is right." ¹ The Slave Name Roll Project began two years ago, the brainchild of Schalene Dagutis, blogger at Tangled Roots and Trees. Inspired by Cathy Meder-Dempsey's posts for Black History Month (Opening Doors...
How do you go about finding an unknown grandfather? What if the only information you have is a name and a country: Samuel Lowe from China. With a combination of hard work and a bit of family history serendipity, Paula Williams Madison finally put to rest the gaping hole in her family's history. She relates her journey of discovering her Chinese family in her book Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem. It's a tale any family historian will find fascinating. This post contains affiliate links. If you click the link and make a purchase, we receive a small commission. Thanks for the...
"You are not necessarily a fool because you didn't go to school." - Lewis Michaux For February, our children's book club is The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, for grades 4 and up. Nelson is the grand-niece of Lewis Henri Michaux (1895-1976), owner of the National Memorial African Bookstore. She created the story of her great-uncle and his passion for books by researching in family archives, articles, books, transcripts of interviews, and interviewing Michaux's son. This post contains affiliate links. If you click the link and make a purchase,...
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