August 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: South Carolina slavery
South Carolina estate and bills of sale from 1732 -1872 are coming online. So far, only three percent are actually available online for free at Footnote.com.
You can read the entire story here at FamilyTreeMagazine:
In addition to the article are some informative links for help with researching your African American ancestors.
March 25, 2009 at 11:19 am (Uncategorized)
For those of you waiting with baited breath — the January/February issue of AAHGS News is at the printer finally! We’re hopeful to return to a normal printing schedule with the March/April issue. Thank you for your patience!
Soon to follow: an index of the links for the Jan/Feb ’09 issue.
January 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: Election of Officers
The AAHGS Board of Directors has voted to defer final ruling on the recent election for officers for the 2009-2010 term pending completion of a review of employed procedures. Current officers will continue in their positions until the issues surrounding the process have been resolved. Chapter presidents, AAHGS News, and the AAHGS website will be updated when resolution has been reached.
July 1, 2008 at 8:44 am (Uncategorized)
I am always concerned about lost cemeteries. Most people would imagine that once they bury their loved ones, that hallowed ground would remain forever so. Unfortunately, I have seen too many cases where this was the exception rather than the rule. One such case came to my attention this week from Cape Giradeau County, Missouri, in the News Leader newspaper.
Shady Grove Cemetery in southeast Missouri near Dutchtown houses the remains of area residents from 1887 to 1972. Several books have been written on the Shady Grove area, a rural black community whose residents came from surrounding towns and slave-holding estates. Two noted in the article: “Rural Schools and Communities in Cape Girardeau County” by Christabel Lacy and Bob White; and “Dark Woods and Periwinkle: A Glance Back at Shady Grove” by Diana Steele-Bryant and Sharon Sanders. In Dark Woods the authors noted that 245 burials in Shady Grove cemetery were documented utilizing mortuary records and obituaries from local newspapers. Unfortunately, even this publicity has been unable to revive the cemetery which sits overgrown with poison ivy and weeds.
For me, the article raised more questions than it answered including whether or not anyone was actively pursuing National Register of Historic Places paperwork mentioned, where one could find the names of the individuals buried within, and if there were plans in place for a cleanup effort.
I have requested further information from contacts listed in the article. I will report back when I hear.
June 19, 2008 at 7:24 am (Uncategorized)
Eric Ledell Smith, associate historian at the State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of several books on black history such as African American Theater Buildings: An Illustrated Historical Directory 1900-1955; Blacks in Opera: An Encyclopedia of People and Companies, 1873-1993; and many other works and pamphlets about black history for the museum regarding blacks in Pennsylvania died in his home of unknown causes but foul play was not suspected. To read the full story click on the link below:
June 6, 2008 at 7:35 am (Uncategorized)
Welcome to the new blog for the Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society (www.aahgs.org)! In an effort to connect with our membership in between newsletters and journal publications, this blog has been created to keep you informed about happenings, resources, and news for those interested in African American research. If you have items of interest that you would like to see covered in the blog or have an idea for article for either of the above publications, please feel free to email me at aahgsnews “at” yahoo “dot” com.