Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project- Background

Administrators

Surnames

Acker, Adams, Adkins, Adkison, African American, Albert, Albritton, Allen, Allison, Alston, Amons, Anderson, Andrews, Armstrong, Arnold, Arthur, Atkins, Aughtry, Austin, Autery, Autry, Avant, Avery, Avritt, Baggett, Bailey, Bain, Banks, Barge, Barlow, Barnes, Basset, Battle, Beck, Beckham, Becks, Beers, Bell, Bendolph, Benham, Benjamin, Bennett, Berry, Bethea, Bevel, Bilberry, Binion, Black, Blackmon, Blakeney, Blalock, Bland, Blankenship, Bledsoe, Bloxom, Bobbitt, Bodiford, Boggan, Boggs, Bones, Bonner, Boone, Boothe, Borjas, Boutwell, Boykin, Bradley, Brady, Brame, Brantley, Brasell, Breithaupt, Brewer, Bridgeforth, Bridges, Brislin, Broadnax, Brooks, Browder, Brown, Bruce, Buckalew, Buckley, Bullock, Bunkley, Burke, Burns, Burpo, Burrell, Burrus, Burson, Bythewood, Cabble, Cade, Caine, Caldwell, Callen, Campbell, Cansler, Capell, Carlie, Carmichael, Carothers, Carr, Carson, Carter, Catts, Cauty, Chambliss, Champion, Chance, Chancellor, Chappell, Chisholm, Chittliss, Christian, Claibon, Claiborn, Clarke, Coker, Coleman, Collier, Collins, Compton, Cone, Conley, Conoley, Cook, Cooper, Corgill, Cory, Cosby, Cotten, Cotton, Craft, Craig, Crain, Crane, Cranford, Creagh, Criswell, Crocker, Cross, Crum, Culpepper, Culverhouse, Curlin, Curling, Curry, Curtis, Dailey, Dale, Daniel, Daniels, Dansby, Daughett, Daughette, David, Davidson, Davis, Day, Deese, Deloach, Dennis, Densler, Devan, Dexter, Dickinson, Dickson, Dillard, Dixon, Dobbs, Donald, Donovan, Doran, Doster, Drew, Drummond, Drury, Duckworth, Duffee, Dukes, Dulaney, Dulany, Dumas, Dungan, Dunn, Dunnam, Eads, Early, Easterling, Eatmon, Eddins, Eddy, Eddye, Edge, Edwards, Elam, Ellerbe, Ellis, England, English, Ernest, Ervin, Etheridge, Evans, Fagin, Falls, Farish, Farr, Farrell, Farrington, Farrish, Fatheree, Fee, Fells, Felts, Fendley, Ferguson, Fields, Files, Fisher, Flowers, Foote, Ford, Fore, Foster, Fowlkes, Frank, Franklin, French, Frizzell, Funk, Furr, Futch, Gaddy, Gant, Garner, Garrett, Gaston, Gay, Gee, Gibbs, Gibson, Gilbert, Gill, Gilmore, Givhan, Glover, Godwin, Goldsby, Golson, Goode, Goodman, Gordon, Grace, Graham, Grantham, Graves, Grayson, Green, Greening, Griffin, Griffith, Griggsby, Grimes, Gross, Guin, Guinn, Gullet, Gulley, Gunn, Guy, Gwin, Gwinn, Haddox, Hale, Hall, Hamerly, Handley, Hanks, Hardy, Hare, Harper, Harrald, Harrell, Harris, Harrison, Hart, Hartley, Harvell, Hasselvander, Hatcher, Hatton, Havard, Hawthorn, Hayes, Hays, Hefner, Henderson, Henry, Hernandez, Hickman, Hicks, Higdon, Hightower, Hill, Hillis, Hillman, Hinson, Hobbley, Hobbs, Hobdy, Holder, Holland, Hollinger, Hollins, Holloman, Holman, Hooks, Horne, Hough, Hudgins, Huggins, Hunter, Hurd, Hutcherson, Hutchinson, Hutto, Inlow, Irby, Ireland, Jackson, Jameson, January, Jay, Jeffrey, Jenkins, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Kelly, Kelsaw, Kennedy, Kilpatrick, Kimbrough, King, Kirk, Kirven, Knight, Kyser, Lambridge, Lancaster, Langham, Langley, Laporte, Latham, Lawall, Lawrence, Lee, Lenoir, Lester, Lewis, Linam, Lister, Long, Love, Lowe, Luker, Lynam, Lynch, Madaris, Mahan, Majors, Mandeville, Maness, Manning, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Mathews, Matthews, Maynard, Mcarthur, Mcbride, Mccants, Mccarthy, Mcclurkin, Mccondichie, Mcconico, Mcconnell, Mcconnico, Mccowan, Mccowen, Mccracken, Mccraney, Mccrary, Mccurdy, Mcdonald, Mcduffie, Mcfarland, Mcgee, Mcgilberry, Mchenry, Mcintosh, Mckee, Mckellar, Mckinney, Mckinzie, Mckithern, Mclean, Mcmillan, Mcmurphy, Mcneil, Mcneill, Mcpherson, Mcquirter, Mcraney, Mcranie, Mcrenolds, Mcwilliams, Melton, Mendenhall, Mendez, Merritt, Miles, Milhouse, Miller, Mims, Minor, Minter, Miree, Mitchell, Mixon, Monroe, Moore, Moorer, Morgan, Morrill, Morris, Moseley, Moses, Moultrie, Muldrew, Munn, Neely, Nelson, Nettles, Neville, Newton, Nichols, Niel, Norris, Nunnally, Nunnelee, Odom, Olds, Orner, Orsburn, Osborn, Owen, Owens, Owtry, Page, Palmer, Parker, Parrish, Pate, Patrick, Patton, Pearl, Pearson, Peek, Pegues, Perkins, Pettaway, Pettway, Pettyway, Pharr, Phelps, Philen, Phillips, Pierce, Pitts, Porter, Portis, Powe, Powell, Presley, Prewett, Price, Primm, Pritchett, Proctor, Pruett, Pruitt, Ptomey, Pugh, Purifoy, Quarles, Rachel, Ramsey, Rand, Ransom, Rasco, Ratliff, Rawls, Ray, Rayborn, Raybourne, Rayburn, Reaves, Reed, Reese, Reeves, Rehobeth, Reynolds, Rhodes, Rice, Richards, Richey, Ricketts, Ridgell, Ridgeway, Riggs, Rivers, Roark, Robbins, Roberson, Robert, Robinson, Rogers, Rossitter, Rotch, Row, Rowell, Rubin, Ruppenthal, Rush, Russell, Rutledge, Ryder, Sadler, Sales, Savage, Sawyer, Scott, Semmes, Shade, Shamberger, Sharp, Shaw, Sheffield, Shelby, Shelton, Shepherd, Shields, Showers, Sills, Simmons, Sims, Singer, Singleton, Skinner, Small, Smith, Smoke, Snell, Snow, Soles, Solomon, Southall, Spaight, Spinks, Stabler, Stallworth, Stanberry, Standland, Stanford, Staples, Steele, Steinwinder, Stewart, Stockman, Stokes, Stringer, Strother, Strothers, Stuart, Stubblefield, Stuckey, Sturdivant, Sullivan, Swain, Tait, Talbert, Taliaferro, Tart, Tarver, Tate, Taylor, Teddleton, Tedeton, Tedleton, Tetterton, Tettleton, Thigpen, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Thrash, Till, Tool, Townsend, Tranum, Turner, Turpin, Twilley, Twilly, Tyson, Tyus, Underwood, Vanderslice, Vasser, Vaughn, Vest, Vickers, Vincents, Voltz, VVernon, Wade, Waid, Waite, Walker, Wallace, Wallis, Walton, Warbinginton, Ward, Waren, Warren, Watford, Watson, Watters, Watts, Waugh, Way, Weatherford, Weatherly, Weaver, Webster, Wellborn, Wells, West, Whatley, Whiten, Whitfield, Whittington, Whittle, Wiggins, Wilcox, Wilkerson, Wilkinson, Willet, Williams, Williamson, Williford, Wilson, Windham, Winfield, Winn, Wolfe, Wood, Woods, Woodward, Wootan, Wormley, Worrell, Wright, Yongue, York, Yost, Young, Yow

Background

The Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project is intended to use DNA as a tool for African Americans researching their central Alabama roots. Anyone who can trace their ancestry to Dallas, Marengo, Perry or Wilcox counties (or to areas that border these counties) in the period from about 1840 through 1880 is welcome to participate.

Surname projects are often meaningless for African Americans whose family bonds may have been broken during the Enslavement Period or whose families experienced one or more name changes after Emancipation. In addition, many African Americans--as many as 30% by some estimates--have European Y-DNA but have not been able to find the progenitors of their European lines. In these cases, researchers may have been able to trace their ancestry by traditional means back to the first census after Emancipation in which their ancestors were identified by surnames and then hit the proverbial "1870 Brick Wall". This project is designed to help them to scale that barrier.

The Black Belt of Alabama project is sponsored by the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society (BBAAGHS), headquartered in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama and by AfriGeneas.com, the premier African American genealogy website.

B.J. Smothers
Project Administrator

General Fund