Friday, November 16, 2007

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE 8:5 (November 2007)

Family Tree Magazine 8:5 (November 2007) has several articles of possible interest to Missouri genealogists. Historians for years have been puzzled by the complete disappearance of European settlers from an early settlement at Roanoke Island, NC. What happened? Were they wiped out by Spanish explorers? Did they try to make an unsuccessful attempt to return to England? Were they captured and assimilated by an area Indian tribe? Alien abductees? Nobody knows. But there’s a new effort to find out through genetic testing. Researchers plan to test persons in NC thought to be possible descendents of Roanoke colonists, and compare the results to the DNA of persons in modern-day Britain known to be relatives of Roanoke colonists.

Another article discusses several projects that will interest persons searching for slave roots in SC, GA, and FL. One project involves scouring the plantation records of properties owned by the Drayton family in an effort to construct slave family trees. These trees will be posted for free online at WeRelate. Another project, Lowcountry Africana, is doing much the same for slaves in the rice-growing regions of SC, GA, and FL. The associated website will feature plantation records, various other primary documents, name indexes, and other related materials, all of which are being added to the website as quickly as possible. A second article also in this publication provides a more general discussion about beginning to trace your African-American roots.

A third article concerns persons searching for records of relatives who served in the military during World War I. The article also covers WWI draft records, so it may even be helpful to researchers whose male ancestors didn’t serve in that war, but were 18-45 years of age in 1917-1918. There’s also a section for researchers whose Canadian ancestors served in WWI.

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