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Our Ancestor, Our Stories

by the Memory Keepers – Harris Bailey, Bernice A. Bennett, Ellen L. Butler, Ethel Dailey, and Vincent Sheppard

Our Ancestors, Our Stories book narratives shares invaluable lessons learned and important research by The Memory Keepers. Harris Bailey Jr., in "This Place Known as Edgefield," sets out the historical context of Edgefield where the stories of the four families are set. He examines the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural context of historic Edgefield. Bernice Alexander Bennett, in "Finding My South Carolina Kin," unravels the mystery of her South Carolina heritage, which resulted in a union with relatives she never knew, as well as the slaveholder's descendant of her 3rd great-grandfather and mother. Ellen LeVonne Butler, in "A Journey to Find My Butler Ancestors," confirms her family's oral history passed down from her grandparents, and she identifies the white families that enslaved her ancestors. Ethel Dailey, in "The Journey Has Just Begun," vividly tells of her personal journey in researching her Edgefield ancestors. Vincent Sheppard, in "On Behalf of the Ancestral Spirits," traces a journey from conversations with his parents, family members, and friends of the family in his community. He finds hundreds of maternal descendants of his great-great-grandfather's siblings as well as the offspring of his 3rd great-grandmother's twin sister.

Picture of book cover - Our Ancestors, Our Stories

Cost:  $22.99 plus $3.99 S&H





The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans
by Lawrence N. Powell

Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery
by Rebecca J. Scott

Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation
by Rebecca J. Scott and Jean M. Hébrard

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell
by Kevin G. Lowther, Joseph Opala (Foreword)

Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave
William L. Andrews and Regina E. Mason (Editors)

Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in 19th-Century New York City
by Carla L. Peterson

150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended
by Mr. Melvin J Collier

Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery, Second Edition
by Melvin J. Collier

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian
by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity
by Dee Parmer Woodtor

Black Roots: A Beginners Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree
by Tony Burroughs

Fathers of Conscience: Mixed-Race Inheritance in the Antebellum South
by Bernie D. Jones

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan



Last Updated June 29, 2016



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