What is the difference between genetics and Genomics


Roots Reveal

Slave schedules are censuses taken in the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses that contain the slave-owners’ names and the age, sex, and color of each of their slaves. Columns also report the number of fugitive and manumitted slaves. There is also a column that noted enslaved people who were “deaf, blind, insane, or idiotic.”  Unfortunately, very few names of the enslaved were recorded. First names were only recorded for most who were 100 years old or older. The slave schedules are available for Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. They are not available for other states. For further reading please click the link below.

Roots Reveal: Jayson Journey

US Census Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Dilinquent Classes

I honestly forgot about the U.S. Federal Census-1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes. The records exposed the classification of Native Americans and African Americans simply because they did not speak proper English, jailed, or presented some handicap. I have found two ancestors listed in Wake County, NC, and Amherst, VA. These records are separate from the Federal Census Records normally reviewed.

Decoding Handwritten Colonial Documents


Colonial Handwriting  

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Handwritten colonial documents provide a wealth of information. For colonists, the way a person wrote conveyed not only social status but also revealed one’s gender and occupation.


The goal of this game is to decode the explicit messages of handwritten documents. Through the game, you will learn to recognize some commonly confused letters. When you are done with this game return to the general Handwriting menu, and you can practice reading longer passages from colonial manuscripts and learn more about the implicit messages colonists were sending.


To practice identifying individual letters, begin the game and then drag the manuscript letters* on top of the print letters to which you believe they correspond. To see the answer to a single letter, hover your mouse over the letter and press SHIFT on your keyboard. To see the answers to all the letters click on SHOW ANSWERS at the top right of the screen. Click on the link below to begin!

*Manuscript letters used with permission from:
Reading early American handwriting, by Kip Sperry
Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1998

Where are Argentina’s black people?

We are one, aren’t we?

Life Stories

It’s About Us

African American Genealogy DNA is about bringing unity, dismantling ethnic division, separation of a human being for no real reason except learn behavior. So “Life Stories” is about we are one family of humanoids on earth. Inspiring others to create a place without restrictions or a sense of bondage by religion, color, ethnicity or other change that prohibit real communication and living.

Genetics is one path to enlightenment to understanding who we are, how we got to be, where we came from and how we became to be. In other words, the journey is from Africa and across the world. We migrated and planted the human seeds ever place on earth. Reunification of man and women.

Ancestry Circles, Gen 2.0 and Family Tree are bridging the gap, seeing the world of humans as a whole not separated. Continue to learn from each other, do not let traditional ethnicity block us from the human tree.

EU General Data Protection Regulation Effective May 25, 2018

RootsMOOC Discussion Group, by Delores Williams, May 19, 12:31 pm

Some Genealogy Sites Closing Due to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation
For those not familar with the new upcoming regulations, you might want to read this since it affects most of the internet.
The following is a message posted to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ mailing list by Jan Meisels Allen:

The IAJGS Records Access Alert has written about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) numerous times—including how in the Netherlands they are removing certain genealogically-relevant documents from their website due to the GDPR. The GDPR becomes effective May 25, 2018

In DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes she reports that several genealogical firms are also closing down due to the privacy provisions of and compliance with the GDPR:

World Famous Network, a Y-DNA project is shutting down on May 23rd –two days before the GDPR becomes effective. Ms. Estes says the hosted projects will revert their project pages at FamilyTree DNA but the data that does not come from FamilyTree DNA may be blank.

Y-Search and Mitosearch will close by end of May according to their Forum said a FamilyTree DNA representative. These were databases where one could match actual marker values. While not saying these two are closing due to GDPR, the timing is at least “curious”.

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