By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NEHGS Senior Researcher Meaghan E.H. Siekman Differing surnames and living arrangements complicate the search for the parents of an ancestor born during Reconstruction in North Carolina. Dear Professor Gates: I am curious to know who the parents were of my paternal great-grandfather Turner Bond (1868-1925). He was a self-employed … Continue reading Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery?
Link to The Independent (UK): https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/ancestry-dna-family-history-tree-discovery-how-slaves-north-carolina-a8288476.html
An interesting article on runaway slaves, known as "maroons," who lived deep inside the Great Dismal. From Smithsonian Magazine: The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn and sucking mudhole makes it clearer. It was the … Continue reading What archaeologists are finding in the Great Dismal Swamp