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Re: Tips on Researching/Names
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Cameron is a Scottish name. It was my gGrandfather's (You'll have to do a search on the history of Scottish clan names). It was rather late in history that the Scots adopted Surnames.

If your ancestor, Black/Indian/White, was following this family custom, then Cameron could actually be the of one of his elders.

Blacks are very diverse and you should also look for naming patterns in Your family. The same holds true for researching family history. Start close to home.

Why not create a web-page for your family.You can begin by conversing with your elders and 'recording' their stories. (Try to avoid printing statements, that may be hurtful to other family members). They will really appreciate your efforts and most importantly, LISTENING. This is how it was always done, in past generations.

Try to avoid interogating, the old ones. You can research side-bar details about about "tribes" etc., through secondary resources. Check County, State & Federal records; Online sources include ship lists of emigrant passengers, inheritance and plantation property records often included slaves. There are on-line texts which present the demographics of specific African groups and the American destinations. I have a picture of an ancestor who looks very Angolan. (I'm sending it to an Angolan friend, to get his opinion). You can also check out the free genealogy sites or join an egroup).

Here are some leads on Naming practices in the Black community:

African-American Names: History and Tradition
“At the core of the African-American naming culture are Variety and invention. You can see that in LaKeisha: It takes something from here, something from there, shakes the spelling up a bit, to arrive at a name that's new and special.”

Who Named Slaves
“In my case, a slave ancestor was Allowed to name his children”; “an 1804 Maryland tax list”; “African names which were repetitively used in the area of”; “Adioula was altered to become Juba”

What's Up With These Surnames!
“Somewhere around 1840 or so, the planters devised a naming scheme”; “On the Catholic baptismal records, the entries for parents of each of their children, name my g.g.grandmother as the slave mother and name my g.g. grandfather, a free black man, as their father. However, each of their 11 children carried the slave owner’s surname and not that of my g.g. grandfather.”

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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