Category Archives: Reparational Genealogy

Podcast, Episode 6: Don’t Be a Jeffrey

Genealogy is populated with lots of groovy people, and just enough Jeffreys doing things the wrong way to thoroughly annoy the rest of us. Don’t be a Jeffrey, be awesome! Follow the best practice and best evidence guidelines for Ancestry in this episode and you’ll go far, Cousin. Happy Black History Month to all. And […]

Podcast, Episode 3: Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am

“Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am” is for EVERYBODY. If you’re doing research for yourself, or helping someone new start their own, this episode will help you to understand the whys and hows of using folklore-gathering skills to jumpstart your tree. I discuss a few examples of how folklore has helped me, and how asking […]

Podcast, Episode 2: From Paper To People

This episode is directed primarily toward European-American Mormons, but no matter what, you will get something out of it. I discuss the Mormon Law of Consecration and how I apply it to family history work and working with others; the differences between African-American and European American genealogy; and the specific case of my research on […]

Podcast, Episode 1: From Paper To People

Yes, it’s here! Episode 1 of Ancestors Alive! Genealogy: From Paper To People. It’s a little bare-bones, but we’ll get fancy later. I wanted to start the New Year off right by getting things going, stating my goals. It’s a “getting to know you.” Future episodes will be rife with bells and whistles like intro […]

How African Americans Use DNA Testing to Connect with Their Past

If you are European-American (white), your ancestors wrote the rules and kept the records. They were a part of the white power structure that allowed and supported slavery and Jim Crow. Your records are relatively easy to find. If you are descended of the African Diaspora, your family is in splinters, and your history is […]

Exciting Announcement: Podcast!

We are working on a new podcast! It will feature nitty-gritty information about best use of different types of resources in online research, best practices, and best evidence (aka genie hygiene). It will help you to go from paper to people, to gain an understanding of your ancestors’ lives and make them less abstract than […]

What Are You Learning from ROOTS on The History Channel?

What are you learning from ROOTS? What did you already know? What do you think viewers SHOULD know? I’d really like answers to this!! I have learned that song has always been an instrument of rebellion, from singing in a native tongue to communicate, to using the appearance of obedience and even (celebration? I don’t […]

A GREAT Site and Group for Reparational Genealogy

I just stumbled into something wonderful! It turns out that I have African-American cousins. Not surprising, but very good news. In connecting with them on Facebook by way of Ancestry.com, I was invited to join an FB group called DNA Tested African Descendants. I hope to find more cousins there. It is a closed group, […]

Genealogy as Reparations

I’ve been researching my family history, and the histories of others’ families, for 35 years. Mine is straightforward: I am made up of stock that came from Germany north over the last 1000 years. Genealogical DNA testing helped me to prove that, but the increasing proliferation of online genealogical resources made the DNA result an […]