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  • Writer's pictureKellie Farrish

Discovering Enslavers in the Family

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

The United States allowed states to individually decide if slavery would exist within their borders. Those Americans descended from the South may want to identify if their were any slave holders in the family. Reparative Genealogy is able to help identify enslavers and the descendants of those they enslaved. Making this connection both heals the harms a family's ancestors may have inflicted on others and to help descendants heal through acknowledgement of harm.

Creating a Community of New Americans

Reparative Genealogy is creating a new community of Americans that realize and express their unique histories through shared ancestral experiences. We are helping those that descend from the system of American Chattel Slavery, both descendants of the enslaved and the enslaver, tell the stories of our shared ancestry and repair the damage of chattel slavery.


In many cases, DNA data confirms oral history in the family. Making connections to distant cousins can still be achieved through the creation of careful research and building publicly available family trees.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Locate the contact form on the home page

  2. Fill out the form and in the description describe the project

  3. Choose the package you are interested in

  4. Schedule a zoom consultation on the calendar

  5. Pay for consultation via Paypal

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New York Slavery Records Index, Records of Enslaved Persons and Slave Holders in New York from 1525 through to the Civil War: Lehman College, Slavery Indexes-Ens

New Jersey Resources

History of Slavery in New Jersey, Wikipedia: African Amerian Ancestry Research in New Jersey, Family Search:

Mississippi Resources

Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930: Mississippi African American Ancestry Resources, Family Search:


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