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Feb.06.2014
The UGRR mentions Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina time and time again as territories of bondage for African-Americans. During the 1850's the office of the UGRR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom in Canada and sometimes New York and Boston. It's...
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Feb.05.2014
  Before the Civil War, African-American Slaves aided by the Underground Railroad took on new names, an “alias”. Archer Barlow became Emmet Robbins and Rose Anna Tonnell became Maria Hyde. Children born of the parents with new names had the new names on their birth record. No doubt, those who...
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Jun.27.2012
We have a period in history where European Colonists along the Atlantic coast, on occasion, lived peacefully with their Native American neighbors. The European men (especially Trappers) sometimes took Native American women for their wives. A Native American woman, who spoke in her native tongue and...
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Jun.27.2012
Because Spanish and Portuguese “New Christians” or “Conversos” became involved in slave trading and massive agricultural businesses that found their way onto American shores, someone with Southern ancestry might follow history back far enough to find Jewish ancestry. Remember, not all but many of...
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Jun.01.2012
America’s southern president, Bill Clinton has a nickname, “Bubba”. It’s a very popular southern pet name. I have a cousin in Louisiana we call “Bubbee”. The word “Bubbee” is Yiddish, pronounced BUB-ee and is a “friendly term for anybody you like”. Could this nickname have been a way for Southern...
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Oct.04.2011
The first African Americans came to the colonies as Indentured Servants and in the early colony of Virginia were comfortable intermarrying with Native Americans. The Portuguese, who made their way very early to the Appalachian Mountains, were also comfortable intermarrying with African Americans...
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Sep.29.2011
American surnames going back to the Colonial era often have Portuguese origins. In the 1640’s, Brazilian “Conversos” (former Jews from Portugal) played a role in the marketing of slaves. Because Spanish and Portuguese “New Christians” or “Conversos” became involved in slave trading and massive...