So often in our African American genealogy research, we find a truly remarkable document or picture that needs to find its way back to living descendants ~ a letter written by an ancestor, a picture captioned in such a way that a descendant would recognize an ancestor there, a sound recording or video a descendant would treasure.
So we’ve created the Ancestors Page ~ Where the Ancestors Seek YOU! Here we will share those rare treasures of history that need to find their way home and into the care of descendants.
Title: Gwine to de field, Hopkinson’s Plantation, Edisto Island, S.C. Creator(s): Moore, Henry P., 1833-1911, photographer Date Created/Published:  Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-11370 (digital file from original item, front) Rights...read more
Today’s post on the Ancestors Page is a photo of an African American woman, perhaps an elder, seated with a young child in the front yard of 312 Gaston Street in Savannah, GA. The notation for the photo states that the picture was taken in 1939 or 1944. Please...read more
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress are an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. The photographs were taken by field agents for three...read more
This letter was written by James Perkins of Jacksonboro, Colleton County, SC. Perkins, a veteran who served in Company K, 35th United States Colored Troops, was inquiring about bounty pay due him for his service from 1863 to 1866. Perkins asks that correspondence to...read more
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This picture, taken some time after 1910, depicts African American employees of the American Sumatra Tobacco Company in Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida . Formed by a merger of twelve growers in 1910, the American Sumatra Tobacco Company owned 34,000 acres of land...read more
In this note interfiled with rations requests written to Captain F. Liedke of the Freedmen’s Bureau, J. Calhoun Cain states that Freedman James Jenkins formerly belonged to his father. In the note, dated 11 July 1867 and written from Pinopolis, SC, Cain states...read more
These pictures, taken at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, were reportedly displayed as part of the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of...read more
This letter, dated 26 Aug 1867, was written by W.E. Stoney to Captain F.W. Liedke of the Freedmen’s Bureau, to request rations for Charles McBride and Philippy Cordes, two elders living at Stoney’s plantation in Berkeley, SC. Stoney states that Charles...read more
This remarkable letter, written in 1867 by Charles B. Lucas of Whitehall, SC to the Freedmen’s Bureau, names 3 generations of the African American Doctor family. In the letter, Charles Lucas writes to Captain Liedke of the Freedmen’s Bureau, to request...read more
Title: Group of old folks at home, “Old Fort” plantation, Port Royal Island, S.C. / Photographed by Hubbard & Mix, Beaufort, S.O. [i.e. S.C.] Creator(s): Hubbard & Mix, photographer Date Created/Published: [between 1860 and 1870] Medium: 1...read more
Title: Little tea pickers, who sang for President Roosevelt – Pinehurst Tea Farm, Summerville, S.C. Creator(s): Underwood & Underwood, publisher Date Created/Published: New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas: Underwood & Underwood, publishers,...read more
The Brown family of St. Helena Island, Beaufort County, SC were photographed in June of 1939 by Marion Post Wolcott, a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, an agricultural program mandated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist families during the...read more
Title: Nursery at Elliott’s, Hilton Head, S.C. / photographed and for sale by H.P. Moore, Concord, N.H. Creator(s): Moore, Henry P., 1833-1911, photographer Date Created/Published: [1862 or 1863?] Medium: 1 photographic print on carte de visite mount : albumen ;...read more
Two African American men sitting on stoop, Charleston, South Carolina Digital ID: (digital file from color film copy transparency) cph 3g12119 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g12119 Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-12119 (color film copy transparency)...read more
Title: Negro home near Charleston, South Carolina Creator(s): Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer Date Created/Published: 1938 Dec. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches or smaller. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-050528-D (b&w film neg.)...read more
Title: Children of the Oliver family, tenant purchase borrowers, Summerton, South Carolina Creator(s): Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer Date Created/Published: 1939 June? Medium: 1 negative : nitrate ; 35 mm. Reproduction Number: LC-USF33-030495-M1...read more
Title: “Negro boy. Florence County, South Carolina” Creator(s): Cox, photographer Date Created/Published: 1938 Summer. Medium: 1 negative : nitrate ; 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches or smaller. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-015758-D (b&w film nitrate neg.) Rights...read more
Title: “Chaplain George W. Williams, addressing students at a Negro elementary school in Indianapolis. Chaplain Williams comes from Sumter, South Carolina, where his father is a minister” Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer Date Created/Published: 1942...read more
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