How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more

How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more

AfriGeneas ~ African American & African Ancestored Genealogy| AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. #African #AfricanAmerican #BlackHistoryMonth

AfriGeneas ~ African American & African Ancestored Genealogy| AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. #African #AfricanAmerican #BlackHistoryMonth

The 1866 Cohabitation Registers can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestry in the former slave states.  Amongst other items,

Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb.

The 1866 Cohabitation Registers can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestry in the former slave states. Amongst other items,

African-American? How? If America was named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci (an Italian) and Africa was named for Scipio Africanus (another Italian), then an African American must be a slave . . . twice over! If a son receives his surname from his father then clearly something has gone terribly wrong regarding this people's identity.

African-American? How? If America was named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci (an Italian) and Africa was named for Scipio Africanus (another Italian), then an African American must be a slave . . . twice over! If a son receives his surname from his father then clearly something has gone terribly wrong regarding this people's identity.

Donyale Luna in Lurex by Paco Rabanne, photo by David Bailey for Vogue, 1966

Donyale Luna in Lurex by Paco Rabanne, photo by David Bailey for Vogue, 1966

African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865| Tracing African American genealogies has many challenges. Many people think that all freed slaves adopted surnames after emancipation. However, slaves did typically have surnames; they were just not generally known by them in public or recorded with them. Yet, to themselves and within the slave communities they were known by a surname. Here are a few things to understand about African American surnames:

African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865| Tracing African American genealogies has many challenges. Many people think that all freed slaves adopted surnames after emancipation. However, slaves did typically have surnames; they were just not generally known by them in public or recorded with them. Yet, to themselves and within the slave communities they were known by a surname. Here are a few things to understand about African American surnames:

James Armistead Lafayette was the first African American double spy. An African American slave, Armistead was owned by William Armistead in Virginia during the American Revolution. James Armistead took the surname of Lafayette to honor   General Lafayette, whom he served under in the Revolutionary War.

James Armistead Lafayette was the first African American double spy. An African American slave, Armistead was owned by William Armistead in Virginia during the American Revolution. James Armistead took the surname of Lafayette to honor General Lafayette, whom he served under in the Revolutionary War.

African Slave Names | African American Surnames « The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation ...

African Slave Names | African American Surnames « The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation ...

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