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Re: Blair Underwood ancestry- SCOTT/HUMBLE

I do understand the time constraints, although I also know that the people that they research are being done so over several months and not the short time period it appears in the show. I don't expect them to show every single step that they take because I know that can be time consuming and probably not as interesting as the end results. But I feel that they do a disservice to African American families that they research because they don't put all of the resources into it that they should. It may not be their intention for it to look biased, but it seems to me that they go all out in researching white ancestors back many, many generations, looking up every little record they can find and then some, but for the black ancestors, they just stop at the Emancipation Proclamation and claim, "there are no more records" prior to that. I've done slave research and continue to do so, there is more that can be done to research slave ancestors and they shouldn't just leave people feeling like that there is nothing else to find. And I find it even more disturbing that they didn't even bother to look or at least mention that there were a lot of other free people of color who were SCOTT and HUMBLES families around even before 1800, which would have at least shown there was more to learn about those families.
Sure, it was great that they were able to get a DNA match for Blair Underwood with his cousins in Africa and it made him very happy to have found them, but that connection was many generations prior to the ones discussed in the show. For me though, I would want to know about the ancestors that came between the Emancipation Proclamation and the enslavement of the unknown ancestor in the 1600s.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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