African american surnames

AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

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How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more

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Tracing the genealogy of African Americans and Native Americans is a difficult process. Enslaved Africans were renamed by slaveholders and surnames were infrequently used until after the war. Historical records, such as censuses, did not record the names of enslaved blacks before the American Civil War. Some major slaveholders kept extensive records which historians and genealogists have used to create family trees, but generally researchers find it difficult to trace families before the…

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Robert Tanner Freeman is the first professionally trained black dentist in the United States. A child of slaves, he eventually entered Harvard University and graduated only four years after the end of the Civil War on May 18, 1869.

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Donyale Luna (born Peggy Ann Freeman), model & actress. She was the 1st African American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. R.I.P.

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African-American? How? If America was named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci (an Italian) and Africa was named for Scipio Africanus (another Italian), then an African American must be a slave . . . twice over! If a son receives his surname from his father then clearly something has gone terribly wrong regarding this people's identity.

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The 1866 Cohabitation Registers can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestry in the former slave states. Amongst other items,

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African American Celebrity Diva's | Eva changed her surname to Marcille and fired Tyra Banks as her ...

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