finding your roots

My Family from Halfbreed Tract

Kimberly Gordon April 10, 2012

I often was told about my ancestors. The stories I was told were very different than most Blacks. With Ancestry . com I have been able to confirm the stories are true. I have been able to track my roots back to 1796. I also had a Great Great Grandfather that fought in the Civil war . His name was Ira Smith, he and his brother Dan Smith both fought in the Civil War. They were “Freemen” and my Grandfather Ira was a Methodist Minister. “Halfbreed Tract” was established in the 1700″s for the people of mixed heritage. We were considered savages They were in Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. I was taught that I was 1 /3 African, 1/3 Native American and 1/3 White which equals Black. I did not hear the slavery stories I heard stories of equality and Education. Please do a story on “Halfbreed Tracts” people do no know about this and it needs to be told. What about the Slaves that got away before slavery was over. ? We were fighters.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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