This book follows the author’s search for her ancestors. The text is written to give readers an understanding of the subjects’ lives. Chapter headings about individual family members include ID numbers from the Family Lineage Chart. Family group information (names, places, dates and relationships, the makeup of a genealogy) is presented as a narrative. Ancestors are presented under diverse and sometimes the most harsh of circumstances.
The Family Lineage Chart extends to seven generations, graphically illustrating the results of the author’s fourteen-year search for the Jackson and Moore ancestors, followed by a summary of how she discovered each ancestor on the chart.
Several chapters narrate stories detailing the author’s step-by-step experiences in the search for her ancestors. Chapter Seven covers slave ancestral research. The research for the author’s slave ancestors is presented in rich detail with over a hundred documents in the companion volume, Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else. The final chapters are devoted to family stories: the life history of the author’s mother and father, Sylvester and Jewell Moore Jackson with their brothers and sisters. The text is highlighted with illustrations, maps, photographs, and a chronology of family events. A bibliography and a full-name index add to the value of this work.
Mary L. Jackson Fears
(1996), 2023, 8½x11, paper, index, 458 pp.