Reminder – African American Lives Tonight

If you are in the US, you might want to check out a show that PBS is premiering tonight, African American Lives. It traces the family history of nine prominent African Americans, and is shaping up to be one of the highest-profile shows about genealogy that has shown on American TV in years. It is a two-part, four-hour series (tonight and Feb 8th) and will probably repeat throughout the month (check your local listings at the link above).

Crockett Name Lives on in Tennessee

Dan Whittle writes about the current-day descendants of Davy Crockett, the frontiersman, and congressman, and how there are many still living in the areas of Tennessee where Davy spent his early years before winding up at the Alamo, where he died a hero’s death. The family has kept in contact over the years, including forming the “Direct Descendants & Kin of David Crockett” group. Aside from the Alamo, and his legend on the frontier, Davy Crockett’s tale is an interesting one, as it intertwines with the tragedy of the Trail of Tears (the forced Indian removal to lands out west, including present-day Arkansas and Oklahoma), which he was opposed to, and which led to his falling out with Andrew Jackson and politics in general.

Genealogy Research Reveals Aboriginal Past

The Courier-Mail (Australia) has an article by Patricia Karvelas, about the newly installed Indigenous Affairs Minister, Mal Brough, and the revelation that he has aboriginal ancestry. He discovered this after researching his family genealogy, and if his genealogy research holds up, it would make him the “first federal Aboriginal indigenous affairs minister”.