Monday, July 23, 2012

Looking for a way to organize this blog.....

My first reading....  ROOTS REVEALED   
Then on to....

In Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery, written by Melvin J. Collier ---- you will follow a roots-tracing journey of discovery that faced:
        • The Great Black Migration
       • Slavery / slave-owners
       • Surname changes
       • Miscegenation
       Oral histories
       • The Civil War
       • Family separations during slavery
       A plethora of historical records
       Slave documents
       • DNA testing
       Transatlantic slave trade (Middle Passage)
       • West African peoples & cultures

the sources that enabled Melvin Collier to document 7 generations include:

Bills of sale (slaves)
Census records
Church records
City directories
County history books
Court records
Death records
Deeds of gifts (slaves)
Diaries / memoirs
Educable Children school records (Mississippi)
Freedmen’s Bank applications
Land records
Linguistic books
Marriage records
Military pension record (Civil War)
Newspaper articles
Probate records
Slave inventories
Slave narrative
Slave schedules
Social security applications
Southern Claims Commission records
Tax digests
Transatlantic slave trade data
.                                                               World War I draft registration card

I found interesting fact in the AFRICAN ANCESTRY BLOG (
excerpt from Hugh Thomas’ book, “The Slave Trade,” that are worth noting:

Senegambia (in Arguin), Sierra Leone 2,000,000
Windward Coast 250,000
Ivory Coast 250,000
Gold Coast (Ashanti) 1,500,000
Slave Coast (Dahomey, Adra, Oyo) 2,000,000
Benin to Calabar 2,000,000
Cameroons/Gabon 250,000
Loango 750,000
Congo/Angola 3,000,000
Mozambique/Madagascar 1,000,000
Here are a few other interesting stats:
Brazil 4,000,000
Spanish empie (including Cuba) 2,500,000
British West Indies 2,000,000
French West Indies (including Cayenne) 1,600,000
British North America & U.S. 500,000
Dutch West Indies (including Surinam) 500,000
Danish West Indies 28,000
Europe (including Portugal, Canary   Islands,
       Madeira, Azories, etc) 200,000
TOTAL 11,328,000

sharing a few more facts from African Ancestry blog...... 

Africa is the world’s second largest continent after Asia; Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the most populous black country in the world, with about 140 million people; and that Africa is said to be the first continent where human fossils were found.  

  • Africans are some of the most educated immigrants in the world, and one of the most educated men in the world is Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe who holds seven degrees – two of them are Master’s degrees.
  • Eighteen people from Africa have been awarded the Nobel Prize.  Coincidentally, two of them have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa:  Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • While there are between 2,000 and 3,000 languages spoken in Africa, with possibly as many as 8,000 dialects, Somalia is the only country in the world where all citizens speak one language, Somali.
  • Even though diamonds are abundant in Sierra Leone, the largest diamond in the world was the Cullinan, found in a mine near Pretoria, South Africa in 1905.  It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut.  In fact, half the world’s diamonds come from southern and central Africa.
  • The Nile River is the longest river in Africa and in the world.  It’s over 4,000 miles long. And while it’s often associated with Egypt, it actually touches Ethiopia, the DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan, as well as Egypt.  This is a picture I took of it from my recent trip to Uganda.