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African-American New Archives Initiative

African-American New Archives Initiative will embrace history


African-American New Archives InitiativeFor over 230 years African-Americans have fought to rise from the ashes of bondage and Slavery, to attain a position of social, cultural, and political leadership in our modern World.  Achieving such goals requires discovering and embracing the history and heritage of ancestors.

The African-American New Archives Initiative is an endeavor to gather the records of history pertaining to the ancestors of African-Americans today, and create core collections that will someday be the principle sources for developing histories of these peoples.  These records are largely forgotten by today’s historians, but they are crucial for discovering ancestral ties between free Americans and their Slave Ancestors.

James W. Petty, CG, AG, and his wife Mary Petty are Professional Genealogists searching for and gathering information pertaining to these new archives of Black Slave Emancipation Research in the Ante-bellum Northern States. During November 1- 17, 2013 they will be doing onsite research in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They look forward to attending the Bucks County Genealogical Society Meeting November 2, 2013 and sharing more about this exciting project.

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Heirlines Daily Adventure in Genealogy

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It has been said of our work, “Who am I? Where do I come from?  Why am I here?
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During today’s daily adventure we touched the past globally as we asked questions and found answers in a collection of immigrant letters. We were able to acquire and translate 3 letters held by the library of the University of Erfurt for a US client who leaves tomorrow for where his ancestors walked in Hesse-Kassel, Germany. The letters lead back to the ancestral home and another generation. Thank heavens for email and the professionalism of these curators.

We are so fortunate to be able to do research on a daily basis at the premier world-wide genealogy facility – the Family History Library.While we are grateful for all of the online resources including free and subscription websites and databases, full-time research requires much more access to records than can be found on the Internet alone. We are located at the hub of ancestral research here in Salt Lake City, Utah and today we really made use of the FHL collections for over 150 countries.We moved up and down between the floors housing microfilm, books, maps and other resources.We sought and found answers for research questions for multiple localities, historical eras and ethnicities including US and International such as Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Canada, British Isles, Germany, Italy and Russia.What a fun-filled day of research it was!

We closed off the day with New York probate work in modern day records.Somebody is going to be happy with this report of heirs!

In our spare time, we are making good progress on our New Archives African American Project in preparation for our upcoming trip to Sullivan County.We want to find their New York town records that were created because of the 1788 Law for the “Purpose to Manumit and Set Free Slaves” and the 1799 Law for the “Gradual Abolition of Slavery”.

Today we heard back from a local historian about her Town of Neversink and its history and early records.Our search now broadens because she notes they had no town office in 1798 – 1809 when Neversink was part of Ulster County so town clerks would report directly to state government, or hold these early records in their homes. We learned this practice continued following the formation of Sullivan County in 1809 and they have no early records existent today in Neversink.It appears they have been lost either to historical obscurity, and most certainly forgotten due to historical amnesia.We know such records still exist in other New York counties so now our quest for Sullivan Co takes us to the former capital of New York, Kingston of Ulster County, and Albany, today’s governmental seat.Hopefully we will find answers there regarding the early black records that were to be created because of the 1788 and 1799 laws on registering black slavery births and manumissions.

James W. Petty, AG, CG

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