Many of us take a DNA test to find our heritage, our family, and sometimes our potential health risks, but what happens when we discover the unexpected in the DNA results?
Category: African-American Genealogy
Fraudulent History, or, Facts Are a Stubborn Thing
In 1770, John Adams stated as part of the legal defense of British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre:
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence: nor is the law less stable than the fact.”
Facts are indeed stubborn things. They exist whether or not we wish them to, and no matter what we do, or how we attempt to hide them, the facts will always lurk below the surface, waiting to strike against those who wish to keep them submerged.Continue reading “Fraudulent History, or, Facts Are a Stubborn Thing”
The Dark Side of History – A Response to The Legal Genealogist
In her blog article entitled “The Dark Side[i],” the Judy Russell shows examples from the Mississippi Department of Education List of Educable Children of not only apparent, but blatant racism in the 1927 lists.
She starts out showing an entry in the list where race is listed as “Coloured[ii].” This is followed by a few others that show the children’s race as “Darkies[iii],” “Dark Blotches[iv],” and finally “Black Niggers[v].”
She expressed that these records made her “skin crawl.” Similar reactions were expressed by others leaving comments on the page. Continue reading “The Dark Side of History – A Response to The Legal Genealogist”
Recovering and Conroe Community Cemetery
Sorry I have not been able to do any updates about the Conroe Community Cemetery or anything lately. A little over a month ago I enjoyed the benefits of a mild stroke and have been recovering from it since.
Anyway, things are moving forward again, and I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
Several wonderful people have contacted me regarding the restoration of the Conroe Community Cemetery, and I hope this continues. Continue reading “Recovering and Conroe Community Cemetery”