Remembering Alex Haley: ‘Roots,’ Kunta Kinte & Genealogy

History of Roots by Alex Haley Today is the 22nd anniversary of the death of Alex Haley (1921-1992), the author who wrote the popular African American novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The publication of Haley’s novel in 1976, and the subsequent ABC television miniseries based on his book that aired in... (Read More)

How Is Your Local Genealogical Society Doing?

The Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania) ran an interesting article about the dropping membership of the Berks County Genealogical Society. According to the article this local genealogical society is feeling the impact of dropping memberships at the same time interest in genealogy is soaring. Instead of joining local genealogical societies, new genealogists seem to be... (Read More)

Breaking News: 200 million census, death records go online

The Family History Library announced today that another 200 million genealogical records have been put online. This pushes their website to over 700 million records online. FamilySearch.org is now the largest international genealogy collection online. The Family History Library is “focusing on digitizing and publishing online federal and state censuses and state birth, marriage... (Read More)

Search Old Charleston, SC Newspapers 1723-1975

GenealogyBank has set up a handy site for searching Charleston, South Carolina’s historical newspaper archive: 1723-1975. Click Here to Search all of the newspapers hereOr click on the individual titles below to search a specific newspaperCarolina Gazette 1723-1828Charleston Courier 1803-1822Charleston Evening Gazette 1785-1786Charleston Mercury 1854-1859Charleston Morning Post 1786-1787Chronicle of Liberty 1783City Gazette 1787-1842Columbian Herald... (Read More)

Alex Haley’s family tree grows via DNA study

USA Today (7 April 2009) is reporting that a DNA study has extended the branches of Alex Haley’s family tree. The clue came when a “78-year-old man in Scotland named Thomas Baff, … took the DNA test to help his daughter” who was working on the family history. You may read the story here... (Read More)