Yeah, I tried helping a few black friends with genealogy a few years ago, thinking myself the SUPERSTAR of research. Hah, no, I can’t break the massive family identity erasure committed against Africans and their American descendants no matter how deep I go into records.
It was an eye opener to me and hit home.
Since that time as I do research on my tree, I try to find out if they were slaveowners. So far, nothing yet. I did find servants of various white ethnic backgrounds though, and I’d take a side trek to do their trees as best I could.
That’s one of the BIG BIG differences between slavery and indentured servitude, besides the obvious stuff: Records. I can trace ancestries of long dead indentured servants but only if they’re from Ireland or something. They didn’t have their pasts wiped out.
I don’t know why I’m saying it here though. I ought to be saying it to my fellow idiot white folk who say, “but what about Irish slavery?” — and I will.