Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter
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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".

Harlem conference teaches families skills to track ancestry 





In Manhattan, some residents are learning how to obtain information about their own personal family history.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, together with the [Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the] Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society hosted its 15th annual Harlem genealogical conference Saturday. The free event highlighted tools on researching ancestors that were enslaved in the U.S. It also gave locals a chance to ask questions they had while conducting their family tree research. 

One attendee, Ayana Mckanney said “my mother and I are looking into our family history after doing an DNA test. We’ve realized quite a few surprising facts and we’re really looking to get some answers on our history.” 

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Video highlights from the conference





Ruth D. Hunt Honored by The Department of Defense

On behalf of a grateful nation and the staff of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the Department of Defense  awards Ruth D. Hunt with a Certificate of Appreciation Award.
On Friday,  June 22nd,  2018 during the 127th Constitution Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Headquarters,  at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Ms. Hunt received a once in a lifetime award from the United States of America Department of Defense, James T. Jackson, , U.S. Major Gereral, U.S. Army, Retired and Nancy Zwetsch, NYS Regent, NSDAR. 

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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