52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #5 Family lore; Ireland to the Danish West Indies

The theme of this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is “Plowing Through” Plowing through and documenting census, church, and immigration records in order to find supporting evidence to confirm a family lore, has been tedious, yet a quite interesting task. Although the Bough family has been on St. Croix, Danish West Indies since…… Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #5 Family lore; Ireland to the Danish West Indies

Freedom in the Danish West Indies

Today, July 3rd is Emancipation Day a Holiday throughout the US Virgin Islands formerly the Danish West Indies. Emancipation Day commemorates the day in 1848 when enslaved Africans on St. Croix demanded their freedom and won their freedom, and for all slaves throughout the territory. This day is full of activities beginning with the annual…… Continue reading Freedom in the Danish West Indies

Slave Revolt in the Danish West Indies

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s extensive research on African-American lives was revealing, and now his new series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” is reaching across to a mass audience in the diaspora, invoking us to tell our story. After watching “The Age of Slavery” Episode 2 of the six part series, I felt…… Continue reading Slave Revolt in the Danish West Indies