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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where Are You From?

The Book of Negroes

I remember when I read Roots by Alex Haley. I have to say that I found it to be thought-provoking and inspiring. It's worth a read and if I weren't so stubborn about re-reading, I would read it again. Instead, I'm reading The Book of Negroes and so far it is a heart-wrenching page-turner.

I joined ancestry.com recently and I was so excited and intrigued when I got started and stayed awake late into the night researching old census records. I've been burning myself out while trying to expand my family tree and it has been so hard to wake up at a decent hour lately. It is important to me to know from where I came and who my people were, so it is an endeavor for which I am willing to suffer (within reason, of course). After a few days of this, I took a break and just started looking again yesterday.

I called my second cousin yesterday and she told me a little about my great great grandfather on my mother's side of the family. Apparently, he was born a slave in 1847 in Mississippi. He and his four brothers escaped via the Mississippi River (swimming along it, SubhanALLAH) and made their way to Louisiana and then to Texas.

He later married my great great grandmother Anna who was born about 1868 in Texas. She was of Native American heritage - most likely Cherokee but we're not 100% yet.

My cousin was also wanting to get in touch with my great Aunt Ruthie Lee but SubhanALLAH - she passed away a couple of hours after we talked on the phone.

I am thinking about having my heritage traced via DNA testing at African Ancestry but I need to save up since it's so pricey.


Umm Omar said...

Wow, that must be amazing to trace your roots. And I agree, "Roots" is fascinating! I couldn't believe it when Alex Haley went back to Africa and found that villager scholar who had known about his family history and told them the same details about his ancestry that had been passed down to him in America.

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum wa RahmatuLLAHI wa Barakatuhu,

Umm Omar
I've been wanting to trace my roots for a long time. The hard part is having patience and realizing how much time it could take.

Can you imagine going back to the village of your ancestors? I also love the way Kunta Kinte tried to keep his Islamic integrity.

take care,
wa salaam,

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

WOW.. what a fascinating history you have! I think it would be great to trace it back as far as you can. (Then write a book.. so I can read about it..hehe)

I loved this book! Glad you reading it.

Tabarak'Allah.. I love the pic!..hehe so sweet.

Love Farhana

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum wa RahmatuLLAHI wa Barakatuhu,

Farhana, how are you? InshaALLAH you are well.

So far, AlhamduLILLAH, I have found some g-g-great grandparents and now things are getting interesting.

It is a good book! I am enjoying it so far.

take care,
wa salaam,