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A White Father: Direct Evidence

A White Father: Direct Evidence

My friend Aaron has made an incredible find that I wanted to share because it is such a rarity. Many people researching former slaves have encountered interracial children in their family trees. Enslaved women frequently had children with white men. Enslaved women did not own their own bodies and were commonly sexually abused. Sometimes the […]

Tracing Enslaved Ancestors Through Proba...

Tracing Enslaved Ancestors Through Probate

Inventoried Slaves For those of us descended from enslaved ancestors, we are taught to research probate records early in the process. They can be used to verify slaveownership. If the slaveowner died before 1865, we may find our ancestors named in their will or listed in their inventories. As we advance in our skills, however, […]

Finding the Slaveowner: Hyman Family

Finding the Slaveowner: Hyman Family

Court Records are extremely valuable in genealogical research. For those researching enslaved ancestors, they are even more so. They can also help us with the difficult task of finding the slaveowner. Arden Hyman I’m helping my godmother Carole with her Hyman family research. Her enslaved ancestor was named Arden Hyman, and his roots were in […]

 
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