The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trails

Melvin J. Collier
Jun 26, 2020
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Introduction
2m 57s
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Genetic Genealogy Tips
6m 27s
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Case 1 - Frances Morris Bass
34m 26s
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Case 2 - DNA confirms broken ties
35m 13s
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Conclusion
3m 54s

About this webinar

With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Many forms of direct evidence that emphatically prove family relationships, birthplaces, and other happenings are often non-existent because enslaved people were merely considered “property.” Some researchers have been very fortunate to find rare pieces of direct evidence, in the form of old family letters, diaries, ledgers, Bibles, etc., to positively identify enslaved ancestors and family structures. Many researchers often rely on a preponderance of indirect evidence to confirm enslaved ancestors. Collier presents two cases where DNA was a valuable piece of evidence that identified and confirmed enslaved ancestors and how DNA research provided clues to determine the areas where two enslaved ancestors had likely been sold away from during the domestic slave trade (Second Middle Passage).

About the speaker

About the speaker

A native of Canton, Mississippi, Melvin J. Collier is the author of: Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery (see www.mississippitoafrica.com)
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