THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED!
I’ve always been fascinated with history — especially the history of my family. I guess growing up with a grandma who was born in 1908 (and lived to be 103!) helped spark that interest. She told tons of stories about her childhood and her ancestors. (One of my favorites is about how my great-great-great grandma, a slave named Easter Bethel, beat up an overseer who was trying to rape her — and she won.)
In 8th grade, I remember having to write a paper about one side of my family, which really started my interest in learning even more. I learned that on my mom’s side, my great-great grandma (my mom’s great grandma — wow, not long ago) was a slave! And recently, I learned that on my dad’s side, I’m a descendant of the first African-American landowner in Prince George’s county, Maryland. Mind. Blown.
Now, we here at Sesi want to share that same excitement for discovery with you, courtesy of ancestry.com!
— Andréa, Editor-in-Chief, Sesi magazine
What stories does your family have? Share them in the comments below!
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