Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Black America Series by Arcadia Publishing

Genealogical perspective changes as one ages. When I was in my 20s, I have to admit that my mind set seem to be to get back as far as I could as fast as I could. And I did that until I hit the proverbial brick walls on all of my grandparents. Yet there was always a part of me that knew it was more than just finding my ancestors but telling their story, yet sometimes one still forgets that it not just names and dates. More than anything, this is the area where my cousin Nicholas has helped more than he knows. As you know Nicholas got me up of the couch after a ten year break. While I've been plugging away trying to figure out new angles for finding Fannie, confirming Cornelius' family, etc., Nicholas has been steadily reading up on the county histories. But it wasn't until I realized that the lynching mom had told me about many years ago (the one that happened while she was attending Morris Brown) was the Moore's Ford Bridge Lynching of Walton County. So, I've slowed down a bit on the documentation efforts in order to better understand what my ancestors might have gone through during their lifetimes.

This has lead me to a wonderful series of books from Arcadia Publishing, The Black America Series, and luckily for me one was available for 3 of the 5 counties I am currently researching or where ancestors resided and possibly still reside. I think I've even discovered one of my granddad's first cousins in the one for Gwinnett County.

The books are mainly pictorial, but they give a glimpse into the black communities of these counties from emancipation through the 21st century and have helped me to hopefully have a better understanding of all three. While these three counties are essentially in the same area of Georgia, they each provide a different prospective.

The following links provide an opportunity to glance at some of the pictures included in these books.
The Etta Hosch in the Gwinnett County one is possibly my granddad's first cousin. Grandad had a first cousin named Etta. I'm hoping to get more information from the writer of the book about the pictures of Etta.

Also, the Albert Martin in the book on Walton county is my Aunt Mattie's (mentioned in an earlier post) brother-in-law. I've come to know a couple of Albert's grandchildren, as I've tried to find out more about Aunt Mattie and if you ever hear me refer to my adopted cousins, that's them.
Till Next Time!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, these are a great series of books! I have the ones for Nashville and for Greensboro, NC.


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