Photograph of baptismal service, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1913

re·birth rēˈbərTH,ˈrēˌbərTH/ noun noun: rebirth; noun: re-birth
1. the process of being reincarnated or born again. “the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth”

No matter where our spiritual journey carries us through life, there are few who don’t remember with deep reverence the fundamental role The Church held in our community and family when growing up.

There was time when The Church was THE cornerstone of our community. The Church was our anchor.

Our Ancestors found sanctuary and solace behind its doors. They found community beside them on pews and redemption in the pulpit. They communed with family and sought Divine Intervention for the strength to see another day.

As we revive the Carnival of African American Genealogy for a 5th Edition and welcome into the fold a host of new African American genealogy bloggers, in our own way we’re experiencing a Rebirth of the spirit that prompted CoAAG’s creation in March 2010.

We encourage you to join the celebration, sharing your family and Ancestor(s) stories of spiritual rebirth, redemption and reawakening with the online African American genealogy community.

For many of our Ancestors their 1865 emancipation was their rebirth. For others it was Baptism and the acceptance of a Christ-filled life. And still for others it was a special hymn or select scripture that awakened their soul.

I think of the sweet, carefree days when my Uncle Jake (Ronald JACKSON Sr.) preached his sermons from the pulpit of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Glendale Ohio, with Mama and Aunt Minnie singing in the choir. It was a beautiful time in my childhood, wrapped with security and family!:)

What’s your fondest childhood church memory?

Please join us family and friends. We are rejoicing! We are celebrating!

It’s time for REVIVAL y’all!:)



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS CoAAG 5th Edition ~ REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival!
CARNIVAL DATE: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
HOST: Luckie of Our Georgia Roots and Our Alabama Roots
TOPIC: Blog about a special memory or Ancestor story related to a spiritual experience of rebirth, reawakening and/or celebration!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 12 November 2013


There are two options:

  • By Email. Send an email to Luckie Daniels, your 5th Edition Host. Please remember to include your blog name, the post title, and permalink URL of your carnival submission. Make sure to put ‘REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival!’ in your email subject line!

[Image credit: Photograph of baptismal service, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1913]