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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Each year, the Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Charleston holds an all day fall workshop on family history research. This year's workshop is today, Saturday, October 12, 2019. The IAAM Center for Family History will present...
Collection Just Released on FamilySearch.org: South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926
I thought you would like to know about another collection released on FamilySearch.org containing birth registers for the city of Charleston, South Carolina, 1901-1926. It is entitled South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926. This collection does give you the ability to find the parents of children. Many of these parents were not enumerated on a census because they were born after 1880.
Isaac Singleton was born 15 January 1883 in Mowberry (sp), Charleston, South Carolina. He applied for this delayed birth certificate on 24 October 1956. He was 65 years old at the time living in Ravenel, SC, the same place where his parents lived.
I am always looking for my family, but I often see other people’s ancestors that amaze me as much as mine. They used to live in the same communities at one time. They are buried in the same places my ancestors are and sometimes life takes them to faraway places.
Our newest record set, “US, South Carolina, Charleston—Birth Registers, 1901–1926 [Part A]” is very information-rich. The birth registers record the baby’s name, place of birth, midwife or doctor who delivered the baby, the father’s name, the mother’s maiden name, the birthplace of both parents and the father’s occupation. These records will be invaluable for those researching ancestors born in the city of Charleston, and you can help us make this a searchable collection on FamilySearch.
We have been studying the whereabouts of the enslaver, James Kincaid Vance (1818-1897) in Abbeville County, South Carolina. We have followed him and his family from the 1850 and 1860. We found his son, James Wistar Vance (1845-1887), living next to Beverly Vance (1832-1899) in 1870 in Abbeville County, SC.
In African American: Finding Out a Little More about the Enslaver, we found James K. Vance in 1850 and 1860 on the census. By the time 1870 came around Beverly Vance (1832-1899) was no longer enslaved and was named in the census. He is at home with his wife and children:
Why would you want to trace the person back in time who enslaved your family? Because if you know he was the person who enslaved your family, you want to follow him wherever he lived because at any time you can find out clues about your family even though you do not see their names mentioned.
Last week I shared, “How Using a Timeline Can Help You in Your Research.” I used the census and city directories to make out a timeline for Robert Lee Vance (1858 – ). He was born in Abbeville County, SC. After the death of his father, he moved his family first to Citrus County, FL and then to Columbia, SC. I wanted next to reveal more about his life in Columbia, SC.
Last week, I shared how I knew Robert Lee Vance (1858 – ) was the brother of Rev. Lafayette Franklin Vance in African American Genealogy: Tracking Lee Vance, Brother of Rev. Lafayette Franklin Vance. I had also found him living in Columbia, SC with his family. This week I want to show you the timeline that I have been using for him. We will add to this timeline next week:
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:
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.
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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.