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Afro-Dutch Cultural Legacy in NY and NJ
Teresa Vega will discuss The Afro-Dutch Presence in NY/ NJ. Her talk will focus on her genealogical research on her ancestors who were among the “Spanish Negroes” who arrived in 1620 in New Amsterdam as well as the first enslaved people from Madagascar who arrived in the mid-1600s. Her ancestors were owned by the Blauvelts-Schmidt/Smith-Haring/Herring family for over 200 years. She will discuss her ancestors who were sold South out of NJ and sent to work in sugar and cotton plantations as a result of the illegal Van a Wickle Slave Ring, the recent discovery of her 5th great-grandfather who was a Black Patriot, and his daughter who was among the last of 18 enslaved people in Nj who was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.

Co-hosted by the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum and Plainfield Public Library

Nov 13, 2021 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Teresa Vega
historian & genealogist @http://radiantrootsboricuabranches.com/
Teresa has been researching her genealogy for almost 20 years. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that she began to research her family history in depth using a combination of traditional genealogy as well as genetic genealogy. She has been able to trace several of her maternal mixed-race lines back to colonial New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Virginia. The ethnic admixture of these lines is a mix of West African, Malagasy, Native American and European people and represent some of the earliest settlers in this country along with Native Americans who have always been here. It has always been her goal to document her family history the way it was experienced by my ancestors.