Saturday, June 11, 2011

African American Websites

I have found a couple of really interesting websites for African American Research.

 Sankofa-gen Wiki

This one has information about U.S.A. antebellum plantations, farms, factories, manors, etc. that used African slave labor.

South Carolina Plantations
Information about South Carolina plantations.

Slave Archival Database
You can list your slave ancestors to honor them and preserve their history.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Break through ?

In February, a lady from LA, called me asking about the Dottery Family. I had some information she didn't have but she had some interesting information that I didn't have. She is descended from William M Jordan and Minnie Lee Dottery through their son, James.

I didn't know what had happened to Minnie Lee. Margo told me that Minnie Lee had lived with her parents in LA and eventually went to a nursing home when she got mad at them. She was buried in Palula (Kalola)?, LA. and that she had a son, J.G. Hope.

I didn't follow up on this, other than to look for census records.

Now someone else has called about this same family. Debbie did follow up on some of this information. She talked to the funeral home and found out that Minnie Lee's death certificate lists her mother as "Jane Teer". Despite having been married to someone named Goodman, her tombstone reads Minnie Lee Jordan.

She has also told me that a baby named Mary Teer is buried at the foot of Chester Evans Grave in Ebenezer Cemetery. I'm not sure what the significance of this is as Chester is quite a ways from any Teers on the genealogy chart.

1. I need to get Minnie Lee's death certificate from LA.
2. Who is J.G. Hope? Is this an indication that Minnie Lee was married to a man named Hope before Goodman? Maybe this is why I couldn't find a marriage for her and Goodman. This means another trip to the library to check the MS marriage records.