5 GENERATIONS: FROM ENSLAVEMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN ATLANTA
The documentary 5 Generations: From Enslavement to Public Service in Atlanta is a commemoration of the achievements of five generations of African American women in the Metro Atlanta area from Reconstruction through the 20th century. By exploring genealogy, family lore, and historic documentation, viewers will become familiar with various historical philanthropic, educational, and political institutions within Atlanta’s African American communities through the lens of the women in one multi-generational family.
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We have a hard time tracking family of ancestors because some left the place they were living in droves due to persecutions or the search for jobs to take care of their families. One such person was Lee Vance of Abbeville County, South Carolina. He appeared on the 1870 Census and 1880 Census for Abbeville County as an elder child of Beverly and Matilda Dunlap Vance. Lee Vance was listed as third oldest in the household of Vance’s in 1880:read more
I know I am very busy these days, but you can catch up with me if you know what you have to talk about happens to be important to you. This time, little did I know that what Rebecca Byrd had to discuss with me was just as important to me.read more
African American Genealogy: Where was Clarence Anderson Chick before Fayetteville Teacher’s College and after Benedict College?
In Documenting Your Ancestor in 1940, I first gave Clarence Anderson Chick’s death, WWI Draft Registration, and appearance of he and his wife, Helen, in a Fayetteville City Directory. It said they both were teachers at Fayetteville State Teacher’s College in Fayetteville, NC.read more
Sometimes you can search and search a historical record and not find your ancestor. It does not mean that he or she is not there. They could have still been recorded in the collection you are searching, but they did not use their formal name.read more
The first military action of the United States Colored Troops in South Carolina was an expedition organized by Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, commander of the 1st SC Infantry (later redesignated 33rd USCT).read more
I attended this St. Paul Baptist Church in Gadsden, SC. I was invited several times by my cousin, Pastor Betty Fair Harris. I went on some Sundays and to vacation Bible school, but it was not until after one their anniversaries where I was seated with Betty when I learned that my grandfather, Emory Wallace Vance, Sr. Had given them the land.read more
I found two more birth announcements for Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Vance. This one was for an infant son who Mrs. Vance gave birth to. Unfortunately, he did not live long after his birth. They had one three year old daughter. This may have been one of the children that she told me she had and lost.read more
After all these years, I finally was able to find three of my grandparent’s children’s birth announcements in “The Palmetto Leader.” The first one I found was on the first page of the paper. It is my mother’s birth announcement. I could not wait to tell her of this finding and e-mail a copy of it to her.read more
To continue to find little pieces of history at a time, African American genealogists just need to patiently keep looking. History is just hidden waiting for you to uncover it in the right place. Mrs. Virginia Vance Lemon was my grandfather’s younger sister. I have found her living in Columbia, living in Greenville, South Carolina, and living in Charleston, South Carolina. Historical documentation is spread throughout the state.read more
In Emory Wallace Vance, Sr. is Among the Richland County, SC Grantor Deeds, Emory Wallace Vance, Sr (1901-1973) gave Martha Vance, his step mother, his land and property after the death of his father, Rev. Lafayette Franklin Vance for the cost of $5.00 and love and affection. Grandma Martha is someone I did not meet in this life, but the children of Rev. Lafayette Franklin Vance referred to her as such. They were the children of two sisters, Nunia and Lula Johnson Vance.read more
Announcing the Restore the Ancestors 2019 Project: Help Us Index Records for African American Genealogy
The Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, FamilySearch and BlackProGen Live have announced the launch of Restore the Ancestors 2019, a volunteer community effort to index FamilySearch records of interest for African American...read more
You might be researching family members and come across one that no one in the family can tell you much about. You know it is your job to tell as much about them that you can find. Sometimes information you can discover from family can link you to historical information online or offline. With African American genealogy, funeral programs are very important.read more
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THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Coming in late 2020 on one of the most important sites in American history, the place where almost half of all African captives arrived in the U.S., the IAAM will present the largely undertold experiences and accomplishments of Americans of African descent.