- Gebundene Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House Reference; Auflage: 1 (9. Februar 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 037540595X
- ISBN-13: 978-0375405952
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 4,4 x 22,2 x 25,4 cm
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Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 9. Februar 1999
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Know who who are before they have to tell you.
This is a Wolof (Senegal) proverb. At no other time in our past have we as a people felt a sense of urgency to tell our own stories in the first person, and no better words can be found to summarize what writing African American family history, your family's history means. As we African Americans hold family reunions and other gatherings, we often marvel at who we are and how we came this far. Reading the faces of your family members who attend these gatherings is a lesson unto itself, but knowing how to research and tell that story is another matter. I wrote this book to help guide you, the person who will be writing your family's memory into the historical record. It is a momentous task and a transforming personal experience. May this book help you to correct the record and reclaim a part of our past that our ancestors were unable to tell in their own voices. Though much of that memory may be lost, the tremendous resources now available will actually help you to accomplish this goal. Surprising stories await those willing to take the time to uncover this lost memory. You will wind up wondering why no one knows about an ancestor who fought in the Civil War, or gained his or her freedom in Virginia and migrated to Ohio, or whose songs and ditties wound up as someone else's songs, or the man who cut down part of a forest and sold the wood to buy the first land ever owned in your family after emancipation or the woman who donated land for the first church in your home community, or finally those strange names like Sukey and Sula that we once called "country." The stories go on and on. The point is that they are the stories that you will retell to family members to give them a sense of their own historical identity, now vague, now uncomfortable, now unarticulated. This is the longing that now exists in the African American community -- to understand the past, make it accessible to our children and future generations. This is the time for resolution of the past. Don't let it pass by you and your family!You can't tell the story unless you know how to tell it. My book is very thorough in covering every phase of genealogy and family history for African American researchers. It is also a guide for others who are telling that story. I can proudly say it is the first of its kind that will reach a national audience. Hopefully others will be added so that African American genealogists, family reunion planners and students of African American history will know how to do it correctly, something that is as important as telling the story itself. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your own family stories. It's a part of the tradition!
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Dr. Dee Parmer Woodtor is an instructor at DePaul University's School for New Learning in Afro-American Family History and Genealogy and at Chicago's Newberry Library. She is the author of the children's book Big Meeting. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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describe the type of records available
suggest how to organize research
handle the delicacies of slave trading, and the consequential short history of many African Americans
discuss the usefulness of tracing European ancestry
assist you in finding your own voice during the process
guide readers to a thoughtful presentation of results.
Chapter headings include:
Regaining Our Collective Memory, Reclaiming a Lost Family Tradition
Beginning Your Genealogical Pursuit
Techniques & Tools
Your Ancestors on Record: The importance of documenting the life cycle
A Place Called Down Home
Unraveling the ties that Bound 1870-1920
Finding Freedom's Generation 1860-1865
Close to Kin, but Still Waiting for Forty Acres and a Mule - Searching for your ancestors during the reconstruction
A Long Way to Freedom - The genealogy of your slave ancestors
The Last Slave and the Last Slave Owner
The Records of Slavery
Reconstructing Families and Kinship in the Slave Community
The Records Freedom Generated
The Last African & the First American
Conclusion - Family Reunions & Regaining a Collective Memory
Special topics include:
Sources for Advanced Research in Slave Genealogy
African American Institutional Records
American Indian Ancestry
World Wars I & II
What to Do with Your Research - Writing family memoirs or the family story, and 101 genealogy research projects waiting to be done
Further Note on County Courthouse Records
Personal Recordkeeping with exercises for Beginners
African American and Genealogy Web Sites
African American Genealogy Societies in the United States and Canada.
Dee's bibliography, referenced by chapter, is found on 24 pages of closely spaced lettering -- a literal MUST READ set of resources to augment her offerings.
Notable comments, which ring true to my understanding include:
"...Once you find the last slave owner, you are using his family history and genealogy as a guide to identify his recorded transactions that named slaves he and his extended family owned over time using primarily the family's personal records, if you can find them, and any public transactions that they recorded at the courthouse. " p 275.
"Dotted throughout the South are thousands of small African American Churches of every known Protestant denomination. If there are now approximately 65,000 African American Churches in the United States, over half of them must be in the south.
A recent survey reported that 70 percent of African Americans attend church. In each and every county of the historical Black Belt and in every small place where Black folks lived during slavery, you will find that they established independent churches within a few decades of emancipation. Many were extensions of churches established during slavery or through a bequest by a former slave owner." p 107.
Regarding African Americans serving in the military during the US Civil War from page 148: "Anoder ting is, suppose you had kept your freedom without enlisting in dis army; your chillen might have grown up free and been well cultivated as to be equal to any business, but it would have been always thrown in dere faces --"Your fater never fought for his own freedom." Private Thomas Long, 1st Carolina South Colunteers Cited in Benjamin Quarles, The Negro in the Civil War.
The author, Dee Woodtor, is a member of the Genealogy Forum staff