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Re: Blair Underwood ancestry- SCOTT/HUMBLE

George,
My thoughts are that there is not enough effort being put into the concerns of African Americans research. I also applaud the show for including stories about African Americans in their show, I guess any kind of publicity about it is better than none at all. But I do question what kind of research was actually done for those African Americans, too many times they seem to cut it off at 1870, or just a little beyond that as they did with one of the persons last year where someone actually looked at a slave inventory and found mention of one of the names, but then they just said, that's all there is, there are no more records. I was completely angered by that then, as I still am now after they did the same thing with Underwood's slave ancestor. It gives the impression that African Americans shouldn't even bother to try to research their ancestors who were slaves, you can't find anything beyond that, so give it up.
I do think that if they had used an African American genealogist in this matter, they might have got different results, or at least they might have been able to explain a little bit more about else could be done beyond that, rather than just saying, there is nothing else. I noticed that the genealogist that they did use was listed as a researcher in Emancipation, or something of the sort, and I'm sure she has good qualifications and may even know more than what was presented. But to not even address the matter that doing slavery research was a bit more involved than ordinary research and perhaps that different methods would need to be used, was unforgivable, as far as I'm concerned. By not having any African American genealogists featured in these shows is not a good thing, it makes it look too much like we shouldn't even bother researching our heritage in the first place. We want to encourage African Americans to research their ancestors, and shows like this tend to give the wrong impression that they shouldn't even bother.

Deloris


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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