I was just introduced to a new blog. Wow, lots of good information that is shared. Thanks Beverly Harper for posting the link on the MAAGI page. I will follow as well. All, check it out.
This post is a glimpse into my working practices when it comes to researching black ancestors who were enslaved. On the one hand, it will probably look like Olympic standard mental gymnastics. On the other, I hope it gives a good framework for other African Americans researching their own enslaved ancestors.
In this post, I’m going to concentrate solely on my Sheffey ancestors in Wythe County, Virginia.
A tale of a very tight knit family
Part and parcel of researching ancestors who were enslaved is acquiring knowledge about the family who owned them. Any chance of discovering such ancestors can only be accomplished through the records kept by slave owners. Our enslaved ancestors’ lives were inextricably linked to their owner’s family. Obvious, I know. Still, I’m stating this for a specific purpose. My enslaved Sheffey ancestors were kept together within the extended Sheffey family. I have no overall understanding of…
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