Learn – Genealogy Research

Enslaved Persons of John Goff, Bedford County Virginia 19 April 1827

This post is part of My Commitment for Black History Month. I encourage you to share the names of the enslaved persons you find during your genealogy research to help African American genealogy research.

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Enslaved persons of John Goff Amherst County Virginia 2 May 1763

I can not change what other people have done in the past, especially my super shady ancestors. (They know who they are.) What I can do, is give a voice to the unnamed. By recording and sharing their names, my hope is that it will inspire others to publicly share information they encounter in their genealogy research that may help African American genealogy research, and the millions of descendants of the enslaved.

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Still Searching for Alice Miller

I still don’t have the answers I’m seeking, so I’ll continue searching for #Alice Miller.

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My Commitment for Black History Month

My commitment for Black History month is that I will transcribe every document I have until all the names of enslaved people are recorded. I’m starting this month.

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When Your Genealogy Research Plan Changes

I had a genealogy research plan today, but I decided to ditch it, because felt like I needed to find something important.

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How to become a better genealogist

How have I become a better genealogist? Through learning about and researching African American Genealogy.

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The Content of our Character

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” How do I judge the content of this man’s character when recording and preserving his life history?

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5 Simple Ways to Promote Diversity our Genealogy Community

As a white genealogist, here are 5 simple things you can do today to foster diversity in the genealogy community.

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The Value of Persistence

I was hoping that paper was somewhere, because I save everything. I was looking for the report that I wrote for social studies in 8th grade. It was my first family tree assignment that sparked my love for genealogy. I found it nestled in a unicorn folder with a pile...
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When You Find an Ancestor who Owned Slaves

Every family tree has shade. Some branches are shadier than others. Cast some light. Look through your records of ancestor’s primary source genealogy documents for names of enslaved people.

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