Gift of slaves from Sylvester DUNN to his daughter Mary GAVIN (Amite County MS, 1833)Mary was the mother of the white man who fathered 17 of my African American ancestors
The greatest challenge for any African American researcher is identifying who held your ancestors in bondage.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade was responsible for the kidnapping and forced migration of approximately half-a-million people from Africa to
The first Federal census to document African Americans by surname was 1870. This is the mother lode that can lead you back in time.
Here are the steps to follow:
Sharon Leslie Morgan is the founder of OurBlackAncestry.com, a website dedicated to African American family research. She is co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press, 2012). This blog expresses the views of the author and should not be attributed to the National Genealogical Society.
Editor's Note: This is the first of a sequence of four posts by Sharon on researching African American roots. Look for these on Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) starting today and running into December.
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