Wednesday, December 11, 2019

GenFriends: African American Research-Working Together with Guest Toni Carrier

This time on GenFriends Toni Carrier, Director of the Center for Family History for the International African American Museum joins Cheri and the panel, Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, and Shelley Murphy to discuss how working together can help share the records of the enslaved. Toni also updates us on the progress on the building of the IAAM in Charleston, SC.

Toni shares the story of how a Family Bible discovered by the descendant of a slaveholder helped to reunite a family. The Bible contained and usual page. It listed the names of slaves purchase.. The information was shared on a blog post. Toni and those who work for the IAAAM CFH were invited to review the page. They took it from there and with some research, they were able to find more documents mentioning them and are on the hunt to reunite them with their descendants.
Just one example of how we can work together to connect families.
To read this more about the Bible and other records discovered click here.

Have you discovered the records of the enslaved in your research?
Are you looking for the names of your enslaved ancestors?

There are places where records can be shared so others can find them.

Toni shared the IAAM CFH link where photos and documents can be uploaded.

Here are some other helpful links:
IAAM CFH Facebook Page
Slave Name Roll Project

 Africageneas Slave Data
AfricaGeneas Community
LowCounty Africana Research Community

Watch as we give advice about this important topic, discuss experiences with finding and sharing names and the heart-wrenching emotions that come from finding ancestors listed in the records of slaveholders.  

Are you attending RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City?
If so, Sharon Gillins and I would like to invite you to join the discussion in our session
"Discovering the Records of the Enslaved".  We feel it will be a powerful dialogue to help descendants of slaveholders and those of the enslaved come together to help find and connect families. Please join us for this important conversation.

Contact our panelists:
Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives
Shelley Murphey-Family Tree Girl
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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  1. What a wonderful episode! I love “Gen-Friends” and enjoyed seeing/hearing dear friend, Toni Carrier, as your guest.
    Cheryl, I give a presentation, “Researching Enslaved Ancestors: It Takes a Village,” which is all about how descendants of enslavers can support the research of descendants of formerly enslaved ancestors, so I wtas connecting with so much of this discussion!
    Thanks for the work you’re doing with this show and elsewhere. (Did I mention that I love Gen-Friends?) :)


    1. Thanks so much, Renate! Would love to hear your presentation sometime! We need to all work together to get the message out! You are welcome to join our panel on GenFriends anytime!