Reference Review: African-American Genealogy at a Glance

Just the other morning, a young protege was saying that her research seemed unfocused and that she thought she needed to go someplace other than her usual research venues. I talked a few ideas with her. Then, the next day, I received a review copy of Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research. My protege’s dilemma was solved (almost)! …Continue reading →


“Restore My Name:” The First Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy

Luckie Daniels, proprietor of Our Georgia Roots, a tenacious researcher and tech expert, has taken on the hosting of the first edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy.   The theme for the first edition concerns slave research.   Participants are asked to answer one or more of the following questions: What responsibilities are involved on the part of the researcher when …Continue reading →


Black Catholic History Month: The Knights of Who?

“Claverism” observes 100th Anniversary in USA Every Catholic and many a non- Catholic recognizes the name of the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, the Knights of Columbus.  This is a group of “practical” Catholic men who do charitable acts.  Indeed, over the last ten years, the “K of C” have donated more than a billion dollars to charitable …Continue reading →


A Unique Story of Ancestors: Spirit of a Choctaw Freedwoman

Our Genealogywise friend, Angela Walton-Raji, has produced and narrated a video entitled Spirit of a Choctaw Freedwoman, which tells a very unique story.  The story is that of her great-grandmother, Sallie Walton, who was among a great number of African-Americans enslaved by American Indians.  This is an important and poignant story, well produced.  If you want to understand a difficult …Continue reading →


British Colonial Slave Registers Now Searchable on Ancestry–Free!’s UK site has posted slave registers from British colonial dependencies for the years 1812-1834.  Although on the UK site, they are accessible from in the U.S.  The site is here.  The site is free. I first had heard that there was some registration requirement, but I went to the site directly without even signing into my account. …Continue reading →


From Catholic Records to Illinois Slave Records

Le vingt deux fevrier mil huit cent treize a ete baptiste George ne de Julie esclave de fem Mv LaChange ont ete parrein Ignace et marrein Marguerite tous deux esclaves de Mde Ve D’Amour So it says in the records of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, referring to one George Micheau. What does this mean? Keeping in mind that …Continue reading →



At the time of this order, my BRYANT family lived in Nueces and Refugio Counties, Texas, and my SANFORD families were both slaves and slaveholders in Milam County, Texas.


Research Tip: Slaves and Slavs in the U.S. Census (and how to tell the difference!)

“No census taken between 1790 and 1860 contains even one slave’s name.” Harriet C. Frazier, Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those Who Helped Them, 1763-1865, (McFarland & Company: 2004), p. 12. Most genealogists will not find this statement particularly surprising. We all know that, except for a very few free blacks, African-Americans were not enumerated by name in the …Continue reading →


Trying Again Pays Off Again: Updating "The French Negroes of Illinois"

Last year, I did a major series on the so-called “French Negroes of Illinois,” focusing on the Micheau family of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois. In that series, I traced the origins of the French Negroes of Illinois from slaves brought from Haiti by Pierre Renault, who was seeking silver and gold. Also in that series, I recounted the story told …Continue reading →

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