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Re: Tips on Researching/Names
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Cameron is a Scottish name. It was my gGrandfather's f.name. (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 f.name 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
Who Named Slaves
What's Up With These Surnames!