News Roundup: Bermuda Genealogist, New Slave Database, Brazil Slave Market Uncovered

Digging up family trees

When Glen Ming started researching his family tree in 1995 he didn’t know his grandfather’s name. Since then he has become an expert on Bermudan genealogy and is working to complete an index or births, marriages and deaths in Bermuda up to the year 2000.

Grant funds creation of online slave database

The Virginia Historical Society recently received a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation to fund the creation of “Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names.”

This free, online database will contain personal information about enslaved Virginians gleaned from some of the more than eight million processed manuscripts in VHS collections.

Brazilian slave port ruins unearthed in Rio’s Olympic facelift

Cais do Valongo, or Valongo wharf, was recently unearthed in Brazil during a pre-Olympic renovation ro the wharf in Rio de Janeiro. Valongo wharf was one of the busiest slave ports in the Americas. It operated from 1818 – 1830, serving as a market for slaves from west Africa.

1 Comment

  • freda wood Posted February 22, 2012 5:36 pm

    My mother was born in bermuda. She lived in Somerset. The family name was Trew. I think my grandfathers name was James (Jim) at one time he was head of the Dockyard Police. The siblings were Edith, Leila, William, Frederick, Margaret and Miriam. But I can’t find out anything about them as Bermuda is not on the internet

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