my daughter’s school gegealogy projec
I had just began to do research into our famly history, when my daughter was assigned by her school to do a family tree ; her mother is Black, with a Black -Seminole father; I am White, with maybe some Native ancestry ; I had not really gotten a clear picture of my family lines, but still, you could see the disparity : her mother’s matenal line went back to the mid eighteenth century, on one line, the Seminole side was more complete, by far; my mother’s maternal line, in San Francisco and Canada went back to the seventeen -nineties; one line goes back inS.F. to the gold rush, and thence to early colonial New England ; my father’s line, with gaps, does as well.
I had photos of my father, mother, grandmother (who was still living ) my self with my great grandmother, and other ancestors from San Francisco and Canada – almost nothing on her mother’s side.
It’s easy to see, just from that, why Finding Your Roots, at the very least, is important – in that it allows America to see all of herself, not just ‘Black and White’ .