Your Ancestors owned slaves-now what?

Sharing a couple of interesting blogs. What do you do if you find that your ancestor’s were slave holders? Do you panic, get embarrassed or are you ashamed or begin the denial thoughts. I have white ancestors and a black one who both owned slaves, it is history and stories and the truth needs to be told.  Why doesn’t it need to be told, so people understand and learn the struggles. We are hear because they survived slavery. It is a shameful part of the American History, but do not fear or run from it. The USA has never accepted or handled this portion (and others) of the history. It has and is ignored in the school system and some families do not pass it down. Sometimes your faith keeps this blocked and that is a huge struggle for everyone.

Also, I suggest it is well worth reading Judy G. Russell, aka “the Legal Genealogist blog as well her “Coming to the table” article.

Well listen, you will survive! (with emphasis of Donna Summer’s song in my head) On Facebook a posting was shared today by “respect-the-flow” (who I do not know)  and it says it all for me:


Also check this blog out:

So my recommendation is to educate yourself and your family on the arena of slave research. Don’t panic you are not the only one. Geez, if your people came from the south, well north too, there is a great possibility they own slaves. Another recommendation is to join a few genealogy groups, learn how to do the research and open your mind to table conversations. Visit the Coming to the Table group, there are several chapters around the country…

Know your Roots, they are Long and Strong.

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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1 Response to Your Ancestors owned slaves-now what?

  1. Ryland harris says:

    I have done an intense family tree back to 644 AD and found that for 50 years my family owned up to 30 slaves. I also found and proud that when the Civil War was over my ancestor gave each family group 100 acres of land and helped get them a home built, and some continued to work for them to make money. No one every went hunger and to todate we still call each other cousins. I grew up calling the elders Uncle and Aunt. My grandparents always share gardens and farm animals with them. We were friends. I stood with them. My father gave many gainful employment at the factory for over 40 yrs where he was manager, Even to date we visit and send birthday wishes and note on the families. One lady choose to continue living at “her” house beside the family home and to be a part of the family till she died. My grandparents gave her the respective proper burial afforded to any member of our family. For what I have been told she was and shall always be Aunt Lucy. Her one room 20X20 house still is keep in good condition in her memory and I shall continue for now I own this property. My children know the history and they to have
    honored me to continue the memory of Aunt Lucy. Praise God for all good things He has blessed us with in our lives.


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