Genealogy Adventures

S03 E16: The Power of Reuniting Slavery-Disrupted Family Lines

In this episode, we chat recent discoveries that led to finding family members separated by slavery. We also chat about the power of reuniting family lines for kin who were split apart by slavery.

One very recent DNA discovery reunited the lines of two Edgefield, SC-born sisters after a 163-year separation. Sisters Martha and Maria Brooks last saw one other in 1857, when Mariah was sold away from her enslaving Brooks relations and her enslaved Brooks family. Mariah was taken away to Mississippi while Martha remained in Edgefield, SC. Their descendants found each other via DNA 163 years after the sisters were separated.

We also reference online resources that helped us in our discoveries…and dropped a few black history facts.

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