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Re: Trouble locating african ancestors

>Recent generations of my family lived
>in New England and were working-class
>or poor, so I don't think there were
>any links to plantations. Marriages
>between Native Americans and Africans
>were common in New England, so there
>may have been such a marriage in my
>family tree, and then intermarriage
>with whites.

Not all slaves were on plantations, certainly not in the north which had slavery from the beginning. Also, before chattel slavery, there was indentured servitude, with black as well as white indentured servants. They were of equal status and there was a lot of mixing during that time period.

In the recent program on DNA research, African American Lives, Dr. Henry Louis Gates discovered that his maternal lineage was European as well as his paternal (which he knew already). The researcher speculated that he had a European female indentured servant as a maternal progenitor.

See more about the change from indentured servitude to chattel slavery at the website below.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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