I write genealogy books and my latest is, Black, White and Hamite, Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. It’s scheduled for publication later this summer. My father’s ancestry and some of my mother’s were in the South during the colonial era. For years, I’ve wondered if I have any black ancestors. If so, somebody (or everybody) is doing a good job of covering it up. I can understand that. After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, controlled by a white government, Mississippi was highly concerned that black and white folks might be mixing it up a little… maybe even a lot. And they were. For years black and white people were having fun together. I’m not talking about the abuse that was rampant throughout history, I’m talking about people who genuinely enjoyed one another’s company, including sexually. Mississippi instated the Black Code, making the punishment for black and white intermixing, life in prison.
Thank God those days are behind us. Today, we are free to discuss genealogy and DNA. If what scientists tell us is true (everyone’s original ancestor was black) then that makes white people… white-blacks. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject and I am finding research that says that the majority of America’s blacks are genetically more like the English than the Africans. So are they black-whites? Kinda yes, kinda no. Definitely yes, definitely no. With so much admixing, we just are… who we are. All different shades between black and white. Who the ancestors were that gave us these different skin shades… that’s the real story.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X
Secret Genealogy IV: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105