The African American Family's Guide to Tracing Our Roots...Healing, Understanding & Restoring our Families

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In this guide for every African American who has ever thought about researching their family history, award-winning historian Roland Barksdale-Hall helps to better understand familial lineage by increasing the level of awareness about cultural and historical identities, which have helped shape families’ values, beliefs, and attitudes.

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Overview

In this guide for every African American who has ever thought about researching their family history, award-winning historian Roland Barksdale-Hall helps to better understand familial lineage by increasing the level of awareness about cultural and historical identities, which have helped shape families’ values, beliefs, and attitudes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974977973
  • Publisher: Amber Communications Group, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Roland Barksdale-Hall, MLS, MLLS, MA, is the founder of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) of Pittsburgh and has been researching the black family for more than 25 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Chapter 1 Precious Keepsakes 1
Gifts from the Heart 3
Stevenson Millenium Family Reunion 4
Freedmen's Invocation 9
Made You Wonder? 9
Chapter 2 Wilson's Ashes 11
Great Disaster 11
First Africans 13
African Presence 14
African Identity 15
Wilson's Ashes 17
Life Applications 24
Chapter 3 How To Begin 27
Family Relationships 29
Telling Our Stories 35
Life Timeline 36
Sample Autobiographical Sketch 36
Genealogical Society Checklist 38
Genealogical Societies 38
Networking 41
Checklist of Things To Look for Around the House 41
Checklist of Public Records to Look for Outside the House 47
Putting the Research Together: Case Study 48
Life Application 53
Chapter 4 Art of Interviewing 55
Twelve Tips For Interviewing 56
The Interview 63
Life Application 68
Chapter 5 Making a Slave 69
Slave Management 70
Making a Slave and Resistance 73
International Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry 78
Life Applications 80
Chapter 6 Tracing Slave Ancestors 81
Greater Love Has No One 81
Another Take on Slavery 82
Slave Family Research 83
Researching Two Families 84
A Place Called Home 87
Home of Record 88
From Two We Are Many 90
Approaching the Slave Schedules 92
Slaves in the Family 94
Heir Property 96
Taking the Challenge On 97
Life Applications 97
Chapter 7 Looking For Freed Persons 99
Checklist of Public Records To Look For 103
Putting the Research Together: Case Study 106
Life Application 113
Chapter 8 African Connections 115
African Ancestry 115
Planning Your African Journey of Self-discovery 116
Twelve African Traditions Alive in the Rural South 119
Strengths and Weaknesses of Traditional Societies 122
Strengths of Traditional Igbo Society 124
Collective Healing 125
Jah Kente International, Inc. 126
Life Applications 129
Chapter 9 Health Matters 131
Breast Cancer, Lightning Does Strike Twice 131
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 135
Charting Your Family's Health 139
Creating Your Genogram 142
Life Applications 143
Chapter 10 Healing Through Storytelling 145
What Shall We Tell Our Children 145
A Sense of Somebodiness 146
Self-Discovery Through Heritage 147
Truth Telling 149
Collective Healing 154
Choose Life Today, and Live 157
Story Telling 157
Write It Down 160
Spirit of Sankofa 161
Reading List 162
Life Application 162
Chapter 11 Twelve Keys to Health, Wealth, and Success 163
Key 1 Practice conversion 163
Key 2 Rap with our elders 164
Key 3 Put our dollars to work 165
Key 4 Bond to healthy communities that 168
Key 5 Take responsibility for our communities and ourselves 169
Key 6 Vote in local, state, and national elections 170
Key 7 Read more, increasing our cultural awareness 172
Key 8 Know our history 173
Key 9 Celebrate life's passages and instill positive values 176
Key 10 Build bridges to confidence, unity, and restoration 177
Key 11 Excel in what we do 178
Key 12 Take a calculated risk, pursue our passion, and birth a vision 179
Life Applications 180
Problem Solving Guide 181
Chapter 12 Restoring the Family 185
Mature Adults 186
Operation Enduring Freedom 187
Three-Day Restoring the Family Gathering 192
Life Applications To Ponder 203
Conclusion 205
Appendix A African American Historical and Genealogical Societies 207
African American Historical and Genealogical Societies 207
African American Lineage Societies 214
Appendix B A, B, C's of Genealogy 215
From Slavery To Freedom 220
Military 221
Memoirs 222
Disparities 223
State-By-State Resources 225
Periodicals 233
Media 234
About the Author 235
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