I have always wondered if freckles and/or dark moles on white skin is a reminder of black ancestry. A mole is a spot, mark, or small permanent inherited protuberance on the body. Also known as a pigmentary nevus. In medicine, pigmentary refers to an excessive deposit of color. Pigmentary also refers to a birthmark.
During the 1980’s, in an attempt to understand skin cancer in children, the Germans studied almost nineteen-hundred children and one or both of their parents. Combing through the study I saw this phrase, “Freckles are thought to represent clones of mutated melanocytes.”
Melano means black, dark. Having black hair and dark skin is melanic, stemming from the word melano which means dark or black. What are the melanocytes that mutated that cloned and turned into freckles?
The “cyte” portion of the word melanocytes means connection with, relation to, derives from, etc.
Black skin > black skin mutates> black mutated skin clones itself>black mutated skin that cloned itself becomes freckles
Did I get that right?
Children whose parents had a higher number of moles on their arms and had sun-sensitive skin and freckles on their face were more prone to lesions that lead to melanoma. In case you’re wondering, the study recommends that parents protect their children against mild to moderate sun exposure, use sun-protective clothing, seek shade and keep the kids out of the sun when it is most intense. Unfortunately, I don’t think sunscreen can be trusted. And avoiding the sun entirely is not an option. Our bodies make Vitamin D when the oils on our skin are exposed to sunlight. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V – Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. Available here:
I write stories so I can pretend to be anyone I wish. For the past four months, I have on occasion, imagined what it might be like to be black and living during the Civil War. How was I able to do that? By listening to the stories of my father, a white boy growing up during the 1920’s in the deep South. I was just a little girl when I heard his stories but I remember them well. And I remember his emotions when he told me how bad he felt when he and his black friend would board the bus and his friend had to go to the back. Or the way he explained to me that when as a lad, he hitchhiked across the countryside and kind, generous, friendly black people took him in and fed him. As soon as he was old enough, he left the South and moved to California. After forty-five years of living in California, he was still shaking his head about the injustices that skin color brings. One night he came home from a hard day’s work selling furniture in his store. He was blown away by the brilliance of a black man he had met that day. Not because a black man was brilliant but because so many white people still failed to recognize it.
He never forgot the South. It was dear to his heart. He was born in 1920. That was only fifty-five years after the end of the Civil War in 1865. I’ve been to New Orleans twice, and in 2011 my husband Jon and I rode a Harley through Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. So, I’m not a Southern girl… but I can pretend.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era romance, Blue Violet. Available here:
I would love to hear more from African Americans about their genealogy pursuits. Whether it’s research they’ve done at a university, the local library, the Internet or following through with promises they made to their grandmother to look into their oral history that’s been passed down for generations. I can see that people are coming to my blogs to read about rh negative blood factor. My recent experience shows me that many of us with rh negative blood factor are searching for answers. Please feel free to chime in as a few others have done. One thing we all have in common is we are the sort of people who are curious. Some folks don’t care about genealogy, where they came from and who they descend from. Others are fascinated, truly “turned on” by genealogy. I’m one of those. And the more diversity I find in my long line of ancestors, the more passionate I become. They were peasants, farmers, royalty, warriors, weavers and mystics. And though they were neolithic and primitive and later maybe sophisticated medievals, the people who came before us have a story to tell. No doubt about it, they existed, just as sure as we’re standing here. What’s your story? What have you heard about those who came before you?
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 and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082
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
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