Note from the Editor: I am moving content from Sankofagen PB-Wiki to WordPress to enable easier co-editing and searching.

SANKOFA is an Akan word meaning “go back and take.” Good and useful things can be taken from the past to drive positive progress in the present through the benevolent use of knowledge.

Sankofa-gen┬áis a growing collection of freely accessible genealogical and historical data pertaining to U.S.A. antebellum plantations, farms, factories, manors, etc. that used African slave labor. This website aims to summarize plantation-related data in a way that allows the genealogist to better visualize the lives of our enslaved ancestors within a historical context…

  • Was the slave buyer a relative of the seller?
  • Did the buyer relocate?
  • Were plantations connected by slave holder marriages?
  • Was my ancestor sent away to another plantation because the planter’s family owned plantations in other states?

EDITING CONTENT: If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a free WordPress account and I will invite you as a co-editor.

HOW TO USE THE INFORMATION AT SANKOFAGEN: This website is a research aid, not a substitute for original sources. If you are writing a book or doing a school assignment, reference original documents (Wills, bills of sale, census records, deeds, etc.). Do not cite http://www.sankofagenwiki.com. If you wish to give credit to the site, feel free to give thanks to the Sankofagen project in your “Acknowledgements” section.

This project is a labor of love. I wish to assist those who, like myself, face the “brick wall” of slavery as we try to trace our lineage. I hope you find this site helpful. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Happy researching!