Genealogy Adventures

Brian Sheffey

Connecting Americans to each other - and the world - one family tree at a time. American history - with an emphasis on Black American history - thrown in for good measure too. Where will your genealogy adventures take you today?

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S05 E14: Researching The Children Of Breeders
Dec 27 2021
S05 E14: Researching The Children Of Breeders
When Congress ended the United States’ participation in the international slave trade in 1808, enslavers and would-be-enslavers could no longer import additional slaves from Africa or the West Indies. There was only one practical way of increasing the number of enslaved laborers: through "natural increase".By the 1820s, established enslavers and prospective enslavers relocated to places previously unavailable for settlement in large numbers. Places like lands cleared of Native Americans in Georgia. The nascent European and New England textile industries were starting to thrive: an expanding Cotton Kingdom required new laborers. So too did Louisiana's Sugar Empire. These economic developments needed an increased enslaved labor force. Human beings known as breeders, enslaved men and women, were the answer to forestall any potential shortfall in the labor required to feed these burgeoning industries.We are taught almost nothing about the breeding farms whose function was to produce as many slaves as possible for the sale and distribution throughout the South.In this episode, we talk about how to recognize a breeding farm when reviewing Slave Schedules and other slavery-related business records – and how to formulate a research strategy to research the children of breeders.Resources referenced in this episode:"American slavery as it is; testimony of a thousand witnesses": History of the Slave-Breeding Industry in the United States": Valuations: Become a member at Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S05 E11: Finding Lost Enslaved Family  Freedmen's Newspaper Adverts with Prof. Judy Giesberg
Dec 6 2021
S05 E11: Finding Lost Enslaved Family Freedmen's Newspaper Adverts with Prof. Judy Giesberg
Poignant and moving beyond measure: the newspaper advertisements placed by formerly enslaved people looking for loved ones from all over the United States can be packed with genealogical researchable information. The names of family members left behind, the names of enslavers, and places of enslavement often feature in these adverts. The emotion and longing behind their desire to re-connect with long-lost family due to slavery leap out in so many of the adverts that were placed.In our research, we have found ads which date from 1863 to 1902. Newspapers like Philadelphia's Christian Recorder, the newspaper of the AME Church; New Orleans' Black Republican, Nashville’s The Colored Tennessean, Charleston's South Carolina Leader, the Free Men's Press of Galveston, Texas, and Cincinnati's The Colored Citizen represent a handful of papers which ran these advertisements.While the language used is sometimes sparse, the ads represent the deep family ties that endured through slavery, the Civil War, and beyond slavery - despite the best effort of enslavers to sever those ties. In some instances, the ads were placed decades after the family members had last been in contact.In this episode, we talk about the genealogical importance of these ads for African American genealogists…and where to find them.We were so pleased to welcome Prof. Judy Giesberg of Villanova University to the show. She is the director of the Digital project "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery". We are excited to have her join the conversation.The Information Wanted website: Become a member at Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.