Sharing a decade’s worth of research into 384 of the formerly enslaved of the Balfour family of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
A note about why we need to take responsibility for our low down ancestors and stop expecting the recipients of their wrongdoing to respond how we want them to.
The story of a fugitive slave turned Civil War veteran whose bravery helped me break through a more than 100 year old genealogical brick wall.
Learn to trace your Louisiana and Mississippi roots in our latest BlackProGen hangout!
The equivalent of building a multi-million dollar housing development with the ovens at Auschwitz as the centerpiece.
The Nervis family of East Carroll, Louisiana and Warren, Mississippi is an affiliated line of the Atlas family. Read about their connection to the former President of the Confederate States of America and the Exoduster movement.
200+ researchers and family historians focused on african american genealogy descended on music city from October 10-13, 2013 the 34th AAHGS conference.
news flash: i come from regular old folks. so do you. and their genealogy is just as important as your kings, queens, patriots, and all that other stuff. do the hard work for the living too. it’s worth it.
we’re two weeks out from the 2012 election in the u.s. as the opinion polls circulate, the debates draw to a close, and voter ID laws continue to confuse us all, i was lead back to election 2008 basket. yes, i have a basket. lol i collected magazines, newspapers, and anything i thought i’d want to remember the election by. it’s not ordinary basket. it’s one that was made especially for me by someone who helped secure my right to vote. your right to vote. really? yes.
as i mentioned in a previous post, my father’s family has always been a mystery. considering that, think of my surprise when i recently saw this headline tied to my paternal side: “KILLED BY A BAD STREET. And the City May Be Asked to Pay Damages,” august 21, 1903, new orleans times-picayune. of course the title of this article sounds crazy, right? i had never heard of anyone being killed by a street. i’ve definitely heard of a car in a street or road killing someone, but never someone being killed by a street. yep. i needed more investigation.
growing up, i didn’t know much about my father’s side of the family. i knew my grandparents and my only first cousin, but didn’t remember meeting or learning anything about anyone else. this made things pretty hard when trying to conduct genealogy research. additionally, everyone in my immediate paternal family died by the time i graduated college.