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Simple Steps To Get Started on Your Ancestry® Family History Journey
Posted by Ancestry Team on October 7, 2019 in Family History Month

October is Family History Month so there’s no better time to discover your own unique family story. Learning about your family history helps you better understand your past, including the triumphs and struggles your ancestors went through, and provides crucial context about who you are and where you came from. Plus, this is information you can pass down to younger generations because after all, the value of knowing your family history starts at a young age.

Decades of research from Emory University professors Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robin Fivush illustrates the value of family storytelling. Their research shows that children who know more about their family tend to be more resilient and have higher self-esteem, better scholastic performance, and better chances of success when faced with adversity. 

A recent Ancestry® study found that 1 out of 3 Americans are unable to name all four of their grandparents, and 1 out of 5 were unable to name just one of their great-grandparents. Despite this statistic, nearly 4 out of 5 Americans want to know more about their heritage and family lineage. For some, it may seem intimidating to dive in to learning about your family history, but luckily, it’s easier than you may think. With Ancestry, anyone can build a personal family tree. We guide you through the process, helping you uncover rich details about your ancestors and surfacing relevant records to build your family tree. The satisfaction of building your personal family tree is unparalleled. It’s your family story and only you can choose the gems from our treasure trove of historical records, images, and family trees, as well as our expanding AncestryDNA® network to tell your story. 

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Sons & Daughters US Middle Passage Interview

An interview with chapter member Ruth D. Hunt and SDUMP founder Dr. Evelyn Aniton McDowell on WABC TV (New York), Channel 7's "Here and Now".

Samuel Anderson: The Last Flatbush Slave

Augustus W. Harris
Samuel Anderson, my great-great-grandfather, was born 17 February 1813 at Jeremiah Lott’s farm, on Flatbush Avenue near Cortelyou Road.  His mother was Isabella Butler, a slave in Jeremiah Lott’s house, while his father, Samuel Anderson, was owned by Richard Remsen.
In 1813, Flatbush Town, a small farming community, was the leading center for slave holding in Kings County.  Seventy-three percent of its households owned at least one slave and over sixty percent owned five or more slaves.  The average per household was 5.7 slaves.
Stories about Flatbush farm life say the farms produced almost everything they needed, including supplies, clothing and food.  Farmers divided the work by gender and everyone (slaves, owners, and bond servants) shared the chores.
Men collected timber, cultivated and harvested crops, tended animals, hunted, and mended tools. Women were responsible for the domestic work, including cooking, sewing, washing, ironing, soap and candle making, egg gathering, and taking care of poultry.  Slaves, both male and female, were also responsible for tending the fireplace, cleaning the chimney, and slaughtering animals.


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