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The New Genealogy ~ an article
In Response To: "Free" vs. "Freed". ()

This pdf article attached may be of interest as we discuss our
Free People of Color Ancestors

The New Genealogy

by Ronald Roach
While Paul Heinegg, a retired engineer in Collegeville, Pa., neither labels himself a genealogist nor has sought recognition as a historian, both genealogists and historians have lavished praise on the research he's done to document the history of free families of African descent in colonial-era America. His Web site,, contains more than 2,000 pages of family histories taken from colonial court records from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Dr. Ira Berlin, a leading scholar of colonial America and slavery and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, has written that "Heinegg's work has been of inestimable value to genealogists eager to trace their family roots and to historians equally desirous of mapping the design of colonial society."

*Paul is Moderator of this fpoc forum.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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