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Mon Jan 31, 2022, 03:59 PM

Family trees fill in the gaps for Black people seeking their ancestral roots

Growing up in Philadelphia, Amber Jackson said she knew so little of her history that she felt disconnected from who she was.

“They didn’t teach you the history of Black people in school,” she said. “They kind of gave you the illusion that Black people just showed up after everything was put together.”

Attempts to learn about her family history from older relatives were futile, she said. “I could see the hurt in their faces. They didn’t want to talk about it,” Jackson said. “So, I let it go.”

Then she saw the 2002 movie “Antwone Fisher,” about a young sailor who had been in foster care and sought to learn more about his birth family. “And that’s when I was inspired to start my search to find mine, just like he did,” Jackson said.

She said she went through the Whitepages, as actor Derrick Luke had in the movie, and located her father’s sister almost instantly and called her, which led to more relatives. The findings inspired her to learn more, and Jackson pressed on, spending hours that turned into years building out her family tree through searching archives in libraries and research centers, scanning microfilm and, as technology advanced, using online services.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/family-trees-fill-gaps-black-people-seeking-ancestral-roots-rcna13998
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Mon Jan 31, 2022, 04:27 PM

1. Agree.

I was just trying to figure out something this morning. My Great Grandparents moved from the central US to Oregon in 1905. They already owned a farm (thank you President Lincoln and the Homestead Act) but they picked up their 9 kids and moved. A couple of years later they moved back.

That was a lot of work.

I have reached out to cousins to see if they know why but so far nothin'.

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Mon Jan 31, 2022, 04:33 PM

2. Yes my Scottish ancestors would invite you to dinner then stab you in the back



Someone else did the research, before the web, and did a fantastic job. We had a castle at one point.


You may now address me as Your Royal Highness. I'll being sending out invitations in short order!




I'm glad Amber is searching for her lineage.

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