Hammond-Davies Slave Bible RecordsTimestamp this moment Friends because with the arrival of the 1st Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research, we have made history!

Never before has an open dialogue and mass sharing of historic slave data between the descendants of slaves and slave owners occurred online, and quite honestly, I’d be surprised if exchanges such as this have transpired much offline either!:-)

On February 8, the genea-community began answering my charge to become a Friend of Friends to their fellow African-American researchers, by sharing oft times private slave data encountered through their own personal genealogy research.

Since then, I’ve been alerted daily via emails, blog posts and tweets to online resources that provide invaluable information pertaining to our enslaved Ancestors. Information that otherwise, may never have been discovered.

In addition to the Restore My Name submissions presented below, there have been at least 20-25 individual blog posts citing previously unpublished slave information! Simply AMAZING!:-)

So as the one who first sounded the alarm, let me also be the first to thank the genea-community for proving that we are in fact a true community of supporters to all who choose to join and a shining example that collectively we can rise above history’s most devastating blemish.

We have chosen to heal history, rather than hide from it.

I am proud of you. I am proud of US.

Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research

Alane Roundtree presents CoAAG 1st Edition: Restore My Name ~ Hammond-Davies Slave Bible Records 1830-1865 posted at A Friend of Friends. …the Ancestors cannot seem to escape the auction block even in death.

These words, written by Alane Roundtree on March 1, regarding slave records contained in a bible belonging to the Hammond-Davies families of Georgia and South Carolina, cut me to my core.

As I read Alane’s email, I came to understand that since 2004, she has been a true Friend of Friends to eight pages of the original bible manuscript containing the birth, death and marriage dates of the men, women and children once enslaved by the Hammond-Davies family.

I also learned that on February 25, at Swann Galleries in New York City, the Hammond-Davies Bible was sold a second time, for the total sum of $5,760.00.

To my knowledge, until Alane and I began our exchange, she was totally unaware of the CoAAG’s existence and its First Edition theme – Restore My Name ~ Slave Records and Genealogy Research.

As Miriam Kidmiff of Ancestories says, it was a pure psychic roots experience — the Hammond-Davies Ancestors chose for their names to be restored at this very moment.

Peace to the Ancestors who have entrusted us with this part of their journey to freedom and thanks to the Friend of Friends like Alane and the 34 contributors to this First Edition of CoAAG.

The Ancestors aren’t just whispering anymore ~ they are finally exhaling.

Herstoryan presents Restore My Name: Slave Records and Genealogy Research, CoAAG, 1st Edition posted at Herstoryan. Herstoryan performs “her first act of genealogical kindness regarding slave documents” by sharing the Last Will and Testament of Cager Creel of Adair County, KY.

Bill Grimke-Drayton presents Descendant of the Slaveholding Drayton Family in America and Barbados posted at LowCountry Africana. A guest blogger at LowCountry Africana, Bill shares his candid response to the questions posed by the Carnival of African American Genealogy.

Vickie Everhart presents CoAAG – Restore My Name posted at Be Not Forgot. Vickie of Be Not Forgot spotlights slave births from a Davis bible record.

Joann presents So Close But Yet So Far posted at J-Macs Journey. Joann of J-Macs Journey writes about forging ahead when a researcher fails to respond.

Gini Webb presents Restore My Name ~ CoAAG ~ posted at Ginisology. Gini of Ginisology shares the names of slaves owned by her 4th great grandfather Beal Ijames of Mockville, NC.

Sandra Taliaferro presents We’re Having A Carnival…I Wonder If The Ancestors Will Celebrate? posted at I Never Knew My Father. A unique twist on sharing and community responsibility is presented by Sandra of I Never Knew My Father.

Carol presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy, Restore My Name posted at Reflections From the Fence. Carol of Reflections From the Fence intrigues us with a hint for researchers hunting for slave names and information via the Chancery Cases of Virginia.

Luckie Daniels presents Wordy Wednesday: 1 Random Act of Kindness Changed My Life! ~ CoAAG 1st Edition posted at Our Georgia Roots. An old message board post and family bible lead me to the Daniels family I never knew.

Vicky Daviss Mitchell presents Edwin Nelms Will and Inventory posted at Mariah’s Zepher. Vicky of Mariah’s Zepher shares slave names from the will of Edwin Nelms of Grimes County Texas, and ponders the connection to her family.

Toni Carrier presents Why Did I Not Know My Family Held Slaves? posted at LowCountry Africana. Toni of LowCountry Africana asks the thought-provoking question-Why Didn’t I Know My Family Held Slaves?

Renate Sanders presents Restore My Name – CoAAG posted at Into the LIGHT. Renate of Into the Light meets a descendant of the slave-owning Yarboroughs of Franklin County, NC.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Slaves & Slave Owners posted at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog shares, “I am the descendant of slave owners. My husband is the descendant of slaves. We have each encountered unique experiences as we seek records of slave names”.

Taneya Koonce presents Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: CoAAG Carnival: Research Connections posted at Taneya’s Genealogy Blog. Taneya of Taneya’s Genealogy Blog meets a Koonce family descendant likely connected to the lineage of her ancestors slave owners.

Greta Koehl presents Restore My Name – Slave Records and Genealogy Research posted at Greta’s Genealogy Bog. Greta of Greta’s Genealogy Blog is looking for the slaves of Hiram Brinlee of Collin, TX, and spotlights forums for sharing slave data.

Dionne Ford presents All Relative posted at Finding Josephine. Connecting with a Howcutt researcher in England, Dionne of Finding Josephine strikes gold when she gets info on her ancestor Temple Burton.

John Newmark presents Slave Records and Genealogy Research posted at Transylvanian Dutch. John of Transylvanian Dutch shares his thoughts and perspective on the five aspects for discussion in the first CoAAG.

Robyn presents Restore My Name posted at Reclaiming Kin. Robyn of Reclaiming Kin gives her insightful responses to three of the questions offered for discussion.

TCasteel presents The Wills of Two Nances posted at Tangled Trees. TCastell of Tangled Trees tells us “Ancestors, Reuben Nance and his father, William Nance, of Virginia, both left wills that listed slaves by name.”

Amy Cain presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy (CoAAG) posted at Reconnected Roots. Amy of Reconnected Roots shares the 1844 will of Samuel Wright of York District, SC.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo presents Black History Month – Part 1 posted at Nutfield Genealogy. Heather of Nutfield Genealogy shares slave names found in family records.

Felicia Mathis presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Restore My Name at Echoes of My Nola Past. Felicia of Echoes of My Nola Past writes about the importance of descendants of slave owners sharing slave-related information.

Kathleen Brandt presents Researchers to Share Family Slave Records – Responsibilities and Reasons posted at a3Genealogy. Kathleen of a3Genealogy shares emancipation records for Amyntus Earl of Hopkins County, KY.

Mavis Jones presents Carnival of African – American Genealogy posted at Georgia Black Crackers. Mavis of Georgia Black Crackers writes about the family bible of Henry Hosch which contains the names of her enslaved ancestors.

Anita Wills presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy posted at Slave & Genealogy Records. Anita of Restore My Name talks about finding and restoring the names of her slave ancestors.

George Geder presents Restore My Name – Slave Records and Genealogy Research posted at Geder.Genealogy. George of Geder Genealogy speaks to the timeliness of the CoAAG and spotlights his ancestor Annie Ghant-Geder-Stewart.

Debra Osborne Spindle aka “Tex” presents Restore My Name? Slave Records in the Family posted at All My Ancestors. Debra of All My Ancestors shares a division of slaves from the estate of Mordecai L. Spindle who died in 1857 in Virginia.

Leslie Ann presents Carnival of African-American Genealogy — First Edition posted at Ancestors Live Here. Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here writes about her ancestor Captain George Cannon and his involvement in the slave trade.

Martin Hollick presents Caesar Wallace ca. 1738-1821 of New Hampshire posted at The Slovak Yankee. Martin of The Slovak Yankee presents a fascinating story of Caesar Wallace of New Hampshire “a man of colour” who served during the American Revolution.

Martin Hollick presents The Slovak Yankee: Fortune Yeaton ca. 1770 (?) – After 1800 of N.H. and Maine posted at The Slovak Yankee. Martin of The Slovak Yankee shares the story of Fortune Yeaton, a slave and free man of color, of New Hampshire and Maine.

Ruth Himan presents Slave Records and Genealogy Research posted at Hayley. Ruth of Hayley offers her opinions on the questions offered for discussion for this first CoAAG, and in her own words is “looking forward to the actual connecting of the dots.”

Dorsey presents Restore My Name posted at In Honor of My Ancestors. Dorsey of In Honor of My Ancestors wonders whether to mention the “s” word when attempting to connect with descendants of slave owners.

Leah presents Slaves of the Wellons Plantation in Pulaski Co., KY posted at Internet Genealogist. Leah writes about her search for the slaves of the Wellons Plantation in Pulaski, County, KY.

Michael Hait presents Restore My Name: the first Carnival of African-American Genealogy posted at African-American Genealogy Examiner. Michael of the African-American Genealogy Examiner urges that the records involving slaves and former slaves must be brought to light.

Craig Manson presents “Restore My Name:” The First Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig of GeneaBlogie thinks the budding dialogue between descendants of slaves and descendants of slave owners is a mightily important step for American genealogy and history, and is inspired to reach out to descendants of his ancestors slave owners.



CoAAG 2nd Edition ~ Grandma’s Hand: Grandmothers and Their Influence On The Family

Host: Sandra Taliaferro of I Never Knew My Father

Grandmothers are often the matriarchs of the family. In fact, truth be told, many of us were raised by our grandmother; if not, she was definitely a constant in our lives.

For the 2nd Edition of CoAAG: Grandma’s Hand, write a post about your memories of your grandmother and be sure to include a picture of Grandma if you have one!

Submissions deadline: 12 April 2010


There are two options:

By Submission Form. Use the CoAAG submission form provided by Blog Carnival. It’s quick, easy and pain-free!:-)

By Email. Send an email to Sandra Taliaferro, the 2nd Edition Host. Include your blog name, the post title and permalink URL of your carnival submission. Make sure to put ‘Grandma’s Hand’ in your email subject line!


So that does it! Thank you for supporting the Carnival of African-American Genealogy!

See you next month on April 19th when the 2nd Edition of CoAAG returns to town! Ancestors and cotton candy are on me!:-)

We are the change.

~ Luckie.

* Special Thanks to Sandra Taliaferro, GeneaBloggers and footnoteMaven ~ my personal CoAAG Cheering Squad!:-)