Researching African-American Ancestors

This is encouraging. Knowing that the process is difficult, but will pay off with results.

Afroculinaria

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2015/feb/18/researching-alexandrias-african-american-ancestors/ 

Great write up on my genealogy class at Alexandria Black History Museum! Includes highlights from the class of master genealogist Char Bah. Enjoy!

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{Bread Baking} Basic Sourdough

Always love making fresh sour dough bread. It’s time for me to make a new starter…..

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so one of my comfort foods in life is chewy sourdough bread, preferably still slightly warm from the morning oven. While there is decent, although not perfect, commercial sourdough bread available in Upstate New York now, when I first moved here in the late-80’s there was nothing. I experimented with homemade sourdough bread but it never quite worked out.  I haven’t tried it in the last twenty-five years, so I was thrilled to obtain some sourdough starter from the Saratoga Food Swap at Healthy Living Market. I have kept the starter going for a month now and baked bread four times. I  have still not arrived at the bread of my childhood, but am getting closer.

My biggest problem with bread has always been kneading so I like no-knead recipes and I love my all-powerful Kitchen Aid stand mixer that…

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The Slave Dwelling Project — By: Joseph McGill, Jr (Guest Blog)

I am glad to have stumbled upon this project. All tjanks to Jospeh McGill’s feature on History Detectives!

Where the Pavement Ends

My Retirement Trip has been all about “me.”  Joe McGill has been on a different kind of pilgrimage, visiting and spending the night in slave cabins that still exist.  He is doing an important work.  Read what he has to say and pass it on:

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Approximately 500,000 Africans made it to the shores of North America only to become some of the enslaved of this country.  When the American Civil War started on April 12, 1861, no slavery existed in northern states but the number of enslaved in this country had multiplied to over 4 million.  America continued to benefit from their knowledge, skill and labor.  Their fate would hinge on the outcome of the war. 

The buildings that we preserve and interpret in this country are usually iconic, architecturally significant and are usually associated with a proclaimed hero.  These iconic buildings are worthy of all of the resources…

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