Surnames/tags: African-American AFRICAN-AMERICAN
This project's aims are:
- To collect in one place information and resources to assist in building and documenting African-American Genealogies.
- To bring together WikiTreers interested in connecting African American families to the Global Family Tree.
- To improve the profiles of the people who emigrated and the people who were forced to emigrate from Africa.
- To provide and maintain a logical and organized structure to and create a method to link Unconnected family trees In a way to help individuals identify and celebrate their history. It's incredibly difficult for most families to go back further than the Civil War, but that doesn't mean they can't connect to the tree laterally in modern times.
We can use subcategories of Category:African-American_History to collect profiles and free-space profiles for black cemeteries, slaves and former slaves, slave owners, and various potential useful resources on this topic.
I am expecting this to develop into a full-blown project will be needed to tackle the challenges of correctly documenting slave families so that we can trace them down to their descendants (or alternatively, work with more reliable 20th century data and move backwards). There a pretty good category structure there already, and folks are using it, so this project seems to have started itself.
I have added two name studies to the African-American History, that has added close to 200 profiles and I hoping that with cemetery projects, and other documentation we will be able to tie everyone to the BIG tree.
Although not Black (not sure if that should be a requirement) I have sorta self appointed myself to head up this effort. Doug
The following people are working this project, If you are interested in helping, please add your name to the list.
- Doug Zimmerman.
- Linda Sibley
- Ellen Smith
- Sarah Heiney
- Elisa Mayfield
- Jillaine Smith
- Bill Debuque
- Javelle (Blue) Fields
- Vivian Tanniehill
- Denyse Baham
- Shira Destinie Jones Landrac
- John Bentley
- Joey Brandt
Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help:
- Populate geographical locations with census data from the first census, until say the 1850/1860 census, with all identified African American descendants.
- Many wills in America transferred slaves, so we need to place a general request out to Wiki researchers to create profiles to document their names, to include the responsible family
- Create African-American Name studies, for clustered surnames.
How to get involved
- Project Badge May 18, 2016.
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On 4 May 2017 at 20:46 GMT Joey Brandt wrote:
On 7 Apr 2017 at 02:17 GMT Jim Parish wrote:
There is a sub-category to the African-American Project category: African-American Cemetery's. Shudder. To paraphrase e. e. cummings, "There is some [bad grammar] I will not eat." There are four sub-cats to that, same error. Most have no entries. Is there a way to modify the name of a category, or must it be recreated as a new category and sub-cats be moved to the new one? If it's the latter, I would volunteer to do the re-entries, as my own little anal grammatist project!
On 1 Mar 2017 at 13:38 GMT D (Zimmerman) Z wrote:
On 28 Feb 2017 at 23:21 GMT John Bentley wrote:
On 14 Feb 2017 at 18:35 GMT Shira (Jones) Landrac wrote:
On 20 Nov 2016 at 00:05 GMT Denyse Baham wrote:
I would like to add my family tree to the African American Project. My tree includes hundreds of relatives and ancestors, plus slaves.
Thank you for making African-Americans an official part of WikiTree.
On 6 Jul 2016 at 00:33 GMT Javelle (Blue) Fields wrote:
On 31 May 2016 at 17:16 GMT Bill Debuque wrote:
On 18 May 2016 at 15:07 GMT D (Zimmerman) Z wrote:
Should we use the US History badge for this project, or should we take this to a higher authority here on Wiki tree, and hold out for a Badge of our own?
I believe that this project deserves it's own badge, because: it includes African Immigration (forced), British Colonial America, and USA History.
On 18 May 2016 at 14:27 GMT D (Zimmerman) Z wrote:
Badges are reserved for top-level projects; African-American Families falls under the umbrella of the United States History project, so that's the badge members would get. EIther Alison Andrus or I can award it for you, if you let us know when new people join. What we can do is set you up with a template, which can be used on your project members' profiles as well as ancestors. If that is something you'd be interested in, let me know and find some sort of image we can put on it (it will automatically also have a US Flag on it, as we'll use the US HIstory template which is changeable depending on the sub-project). Hope that helps! Abby
I don't think so! I do not believe it should be a sub-project at all, There are a number of projects stand alone just like the Mayflower project is not a sub=project of the US History Project.
A lot of time has passed since WikiTree started using Projects to group people and profiles together, so a lot has changed. Our approach to projects has transformed significantly, and now we start any project as a free-space project. If that free-space can be fit under an existing top-level, it does. If it outgrows that space, we make it a top-level. Until then, it uses the badges of the top-level. Technically speaking, Mayflower would now be a sub-project of the United States History project. It's been grandfathered in, so it is keeping its badge. Any new projects related to US History, though, end up with the US History project.
I am sorry you disagree; you are free to not use the US History badge, though it does fall under that project. We cannot create another badge for it, though, unless it grows substantially.