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AfriGeneas World Research Forum

Researching Mulatto Ancestors

DISCUSSION: RESEARCHING MULATTO ANCESTORS
and
DEFINING THE TERM MULATTO

Thu, 10 Oct 1996 From: Veronica Quillian Davis
Does anyone have any suggestions on researching mulatto ancestors in the deep south? I find that once I find an ancestor listed as "MU" I have no way of figuring paternity. I know that other than oral history (rumour at best) that I can only depend on circumstantial evidence. I have read cases of plantation owners freeing mulatto slaves and sending them north or to Europe to educate so one could conclude that he had a personal interest in these children. But outside of that kind of evidence, what else could I look for?

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The above discussion from the AfriGeneas archives is one of the most passionate we have engaged. It is the first in a series to get us started on searching and researching the diversity of the family with any degree of African-mixed ancestry, worldwide.

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