Finding Your African American Ancestors
Kenyatta D. Berry, Host, Genealogy Roadshow (PBS)
I did not start my genealogy journey like most people. It started with a family that I am not related to: the Dwelle family. I uncovered the Dwelle family while roaming through the stacks at the Library of Michigan while in law school. My discovery— a biographical sketch of Georgia R. Dwelle— described her career as a physician, temperance worker and writer. One of the resources I used to write that sketch was The History of the American Negro and His Institutions: Georgia Edition.
That edition profiled George Henry Dwelle, Georgia Dwelle and Thomas Henry Dwelle. It was a genealogical goldmine! George was Georgia's father, born enslaved in Columbia County, Georgia on January 26, 1822. His parents were a white man, C.J. Cook, and an enslaved mother, Mary Thomas.