Our Black Ancestry (OBA) provides information and services that help people explore and appreciate African American family history and culture. Believing that we "empower our future by honoring our past," OBA hopes to contribute to building an African American genealogical legacy that goes far beyond the mere recording of names, dates and places into the realm of using genealogy to promote positive community and family values.
OBA communicates through several different channels, all of which are linked to this page. You can either click below or on the icons in the lefthand navigation pane.
Use the navigation buttons across the top of the page to view the following sections of this website:
Links to websites and other materials pertinent to family history and culture
Surnames of the largest slaveholders in 10 southern states, including locations and number of slaves
Counties for which the names of all slaveholders have been transcribed
Descendants of slaves and slaveholders who are seeking connections, including information on how to contact the contributor
An article that helps novice family historians get started with family research
An opinion space focusing on personal stories, research challenges and findings
The founder, webmaster and historian for Our Black Ancestry is Sharon Leslie Morgan, writer, communications consultant and PR "legend." For more than 30 years, she has been a devoted researcher of African American history and her family genealogy, concentrated in Alabama, Mississippi and the Carolinas. She is a consultant to the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and a founding member of Afrigeneas. Her memberships include the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and local societies in areas of her family research. Our Black Ancestry, created in 2007 to assist others conduct their own research, is financed from personal resources.
A staunch advocate of racial justice, Morgan has taken STAR (Stategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) training at Eastern Mennonite University and is actively involved with Coming to the Table, an organization that promotes linkages between descendants of people who were enslaved and descendants of the families that enslaved them for the purpose of healing from the trauma of slavery.
Sharon is also the co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, published by Beacon Press in 2012.
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