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As with many southern counties, records in Warren County MS were segregated by race. These are marriage books for the "colored" (aka black, Negro, African American).

Genealogy for People of Color in Louisiana and Mississippi

Did you miss our latest Google+ Hangout? Get the goods on genealogy research for people of color with ancestry from Louisiana and Mississippi in the latest BlackProGen Google+ Hangout.

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Ain’t I a Slave Quarters?

Building a set of high end homes with a sugar plantation as their centerpiece is tacky. (Featured Image: Slave quarters, Whitney Plantation)

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Home of Jefferson Davis, three generations

When the “Nearest White Person” is Jefferson Davis

The Nervis family of East Carroll, Louisiana and Warren, Mississippi is an affiliated line of the Atlas family. Read about their connection to the former President of the Confederate States of America and the Exoduster movement. Photo: Home of Jefferson Davis, three generations. Source: Library of Congress.

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Toni Carrier, Angela Walton-Raji, Nicka Smith, and Taneya Koonce

150 sounds of freedom – 2013 AAGHS national conference

200+ researchers and family historians focused on african american genealogy descended on music city/nashville,tn from October 10-13, 2013 the 34th AAHGS conference. pictured above: Toni Carrier, Angela Walton-Raji, me, and Taneya Koonce. photo credit: Taneya Koonce.

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Geneatography by Nicka Smith

we’re just ordinary people – break through living brick walls

news flash: i come from regular old folks.  so do you.  and their genealogy is just as important as your kings, queens, patriots, and all that other stuff. do the hard work for the living too.  it’s worth it.

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my election 2008 basket - ns2 photo

why i vote – election 2008/2012 reflections

we’re two weeks out from the 2012 election in the u.s.  as the opinion polls circulate, the debates draw to a close, and voter ID laws continue to confuse us all, i was lead back to election 2008 basket.  yes, i have a basket. lol i collected magazines, newspapers, and anything i thought i’d want to remember the election by.  it’s not ordinary basket.  it’s one that was made especially for me by someone who helped secure my right to vote.  your right to vote.  really? yes.

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Easter, unknown woman, Elnora, and unknown man.

killed by a bad street

as i mentioned in a previous post, my father’s family has always been a mystery.  considering that, think of my surprise when i recently saw this headline tied to my paternal side: “KILLED BY A BAD STREET. And the City May Be Asked to Pay Damages,” august 21, 1903, new orleans times-picayune. of course the title of this article sounds crazy, right?  i had never heard of anyone being killed by a street.  i’ve definitely heard of a car in a street or road killing someone, but never someone being killed by a street. yep.  i needed more investigation.

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easter williams, born 1857, died september 18, 1946

unearthing easter

aunt gail and dad

growing up, i didn’t know much about my father’s side of the family.  i knew my grandparents and my only first cousin, but didn’t remember meeting or learning anything about anyone else.  this made things pretty hard when trying to conduct genealogy research.  additionally, everyone in my immediate paternal family died by the time i graduated college.

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