My name is Terri Hunter-Davis and this is a chronicle of my genealogical research. I’ve been the de facto keeper of my family’s history since my grandmother’s death in 1994. But she began passing the baton long before that: I was a rapt listener to her stories throughout my childhood.
Most of my family, maternal and paternal, came to California during what we now call the Great Migration, the decades of the 20th century that saw untold numbers of southern blacks relocate to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West. They hailed from Texas; before that, they hailed from Virginia, New Mexico, Alabama. Others came from Missouri, Maryland, even the West Indies. By design or by accident, they ended up in California, in a place that may have been as captivating in the 19th century as it is in the 21st.