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Tracing Your Roots: Our Family Matriarch Was a White Indentured Servant

Tracing Your Roots: Our Family Matriarch Was a White Indentured Servant

Untangling the origins of Virginian ancestors whose lives crossed boundaries of race, freedom and the law. Read more...
Tracing Your Roots: Did a White Lawyer Adopt My Granddad?

Tracing Your Roots: Did a White Lawyer Adopt My Granddad?

A family legend points to a turn-of-the-20th-century transracial adoption. Could that have actually happened? Read more...
Tracing Your Roots: Untangle My Redbone Heritage

Tracing Your Roots: Untangle My Redbone Heritage

A mystery illustrates how an 18th-century family became caught up in Virginia’s laws around race, sex and freedom. Read more...
Tracing Your Roots: Who Was My Black Colonial Ancestor?

Tracing Your Roots: Who Was My Black Colonial Ancestor?

A white woman discovers that she has African ancestry and wants help identifying her black New England forebear. Read more...
Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

Paula Wright, a seventh-generation descendant of an interracial couple, has documented over 500 images that chronicle her family’s history.
Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

Paula Wright, a seventh-generation descendant of an interracial couple, has documented over 500 images that chronicle her family’s history.