- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Rocky Pond Press; 1 edition (November 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999240609
- ISBN-13: 978-0999240601
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA Paperback – November 21, 2017
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About the Author
Edna Gail Bush is a native New Yorker and retired NYS administrator. A prolific writer of short family histories, her work has appeared in the Quill, Homeplace, and the Carolina Herald, the county and state genealogical newsletters throughout South Carolina. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society (OEDGS) and the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Natonne Elaine Kemp is a family historian, writer and presenter. A native of Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) now known as the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen Fed). She was editor of Homeplace, the official newsletter of the Old Edgefield District African American Genealogical Society, and serves on the Journal Editorial Board for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).
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I am no exception. I am a Latter-day Saint, and honoring our ancestors is an important part of our beliefs. I think this made me a good choice to review this book. In this little book, the authors, both of whom are African American, describe their attempts to uncover more of their family heritage. They combine family stories and photographs with the latest research techniques and new sites that use your DNA to pinpoint your unique heritage.
They also go through all the records they search, looking for the slightest clue to how their ancestors lived and what they experienced. Land records, census, court and probate records all work to complete a fuller picture. It’s not all pretty. Since like many African Americans, some of their ancestors were enslaved and some were the slaveholders, it shines a light on a dark and ugly chapter of American history.
As far as the writing and the style goes, I’m a little torn. They definitely could have summarized more of the steps they took to find out the information, and just included what they found out. Sometimes the actual research parts – what records they found and where – was a little boring. On the other hand, I think this book could also be viewed as an instructional book for other African Americans trying to find out what records exist for their history. I think it could be very valuable in that way. I loved all the stories they included and they way the writers reached out to living family members to hear the stories they grew up with.
In all, I would say this book is not for everyone, but if you are interested in researching your family tree, and especially if you have southern African American roots, this book would be one you’d want to read.