Independent Historian

Constance R. Cole makes her home in State College, Pennsylvania. She has been researching Pennsylvania’s Free Black and Mulatto families for the last 35 years. Over that time her research has been referenced by many sources including most recently in the Memorable Days Project’s Emilie Davis’s Civil War The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia 1863-1863 (University Park: Penn State Press 2014) and Charles Blockson The Presidents’s House Revisited Behind the Scenes: The Samuel Fraunces Story (Eubank, Kentucky: Still, 2013).

Currently she manages two Genetic Genealogy Projects to help with confirmation of oral traditions and anecdotal family histories. The Winn Surname Project is one of her family lines and PAAFRICANAMERICAN is a project that hopes to identify the nuclear families with various surnames in Pennsylvania who share geography, tradition, family and possibly genetics.

Cole has published a variety of journal articles and periodical references including Mother Northumberland County Pennsylvania (Apollo Pennsylvania: Closson, 2005) and Samuel Fraunces “Black Sam” (Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2009).