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AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum

[HAITI] Haitian Immigration: American East Coast

Dear Caribbean and American Researchers:

I’m addressing this post to all of the AfriGeneas family. Perhaps the enclosed may open a new research avenue.

AfriGeneas Slave Research Manager, David Paterson wrote:

“One undigested thought that comes immediately to mind is the 19th century Black Haitian presence in America. I was intrigued to find a Haitian woman (complete with francophone name and birthplace) in Upson County, Georgia, in the 1870s.”

Is it possible that family researchers from Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New England, Maryland etc. have Haitians ancestors?

According to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, it’s certainly possible. “IN MOTION THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MIGRATION EXPERIENCE “ is a landmark study of their many immigration routes and the history that influenced them.

IN MOTION devotes a special section to the Haitian Immigration in the 18th and 19th centuries. The link below features a map of Haiti and its routes to North America. Its description reads:

“In North America. Large numbers of immigrants found shelter in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Spain’s East and West Florida colonies, and south Louisiana.

For your reference, I’m focusing on the Eastern and Upper South first. Below are links to IN MOTION which explain the large numbers of Haitians in various states.

Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson wrote about the influx of Haitians/St Domingue:

To access the introduction and subsequent subjects, please click on the link below. The articles, images and links will help all of us to appreciate the impact of Haitians on our genealogy.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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