About RRBB…

What’s In A Name?

For the past decade, I have been researching my genealogy. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that I began to research my family history in depth. Aided by my third cousin Andrea, I have been able to uncover more than I could have ever imagined about my maternal ancestors. On this side of my family, I am the descendant of slaves, slave owners whose roots trace back to early colonial VA, NY/NJ CT and other New England states, Free People of Color,  Native Americans, European immigrants, early black and white abolitionists and anti-slavery activists, Underground Railroad stationmasters and conductors, educators, businessmen/women, and church founders. It is these ancestors whom I refer to as RADIANT ROOTS. They left a legacy that still shines brightly today.

My parents separated when I was three years old and I was raised by a single mother and her parents.  My father resurfaced, after the death of my mother in 1991, when I was 23 years old. I am thankful that I had a good 10 years getting to know him before he passed away. Because he was an only child and  his parents passed away when I was a toddler, I never knew anyone on his side of the family. But, thanks to DNA testing, I have found my Puerto Rican cousins. BORICUA BRANCHES refers to the Puerto Rican side of my family— a side I am so happy to have rediscovered. 


My Ancestors


12 thoughts on “About RRBB…

    1. Your blogs are so rich and interesting to read. The one today about admixture, really hit home with me as I also knew of some of my admixture, but since doing DNA testing, surprised to learn about some others.

  1. I noticed you mentioned my grandfather’s name, Augustine Van Dunk I My grandfather came to NY in the early sixteenth century. The land Grant was for the Augustine III. I realize you have researched well. There was a name associated with him as wife from then 1600’s. A creole I believe. Email me

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