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Third Week of Release of New Book on Formerly Enslaved

This has really been a blast! Each day that I have been sharing "My Best Genealogy Tips: Finding Formerly Enslaved Ancestors" people have bought the book and practically devoured it. I keep one with me to read from it while eating, going in for the night, and getting up in the morning.


"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939F-PV98-R2?cc=1856425&wc=M6NC-9Z4%3A167439001%2C167437302 : 18 September 2015), DeSoto > 1878 > image 113 of 214; Government Records, Jackson.

"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939F-PV98-R2?cc=1856425&wc=M6NC-9Z4%3A167439001%2C167437302 : 18 September 2015), DeSoto > 1878 > image 113 of 214; Government Records, Jackson.


Having all that information in one place is exciting. The oral history interviews and the documents really get those juices flowing. I am compiling a list of some of the places I want to research next.


I included the following places researched in the book: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I realized there is a record that documents a child of my family that was formerly enslaved. Her name is Victoria, and her parents were Henderson and Lucy Nelms from Stewart Store, DeSoto County, Mississippi.


The document was the "Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957." The document was from 1878. I included all the Nelm's children for that year.


I realize that I will eventually write about Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, and Georgia. Readers should know that they can at least see what records are available. For help with finding any record in their particular state, they should go to that state on Genealogy Just Ask.


I have a presentation for the Arna Bontemps African American Museum on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 3 pm Central. Anyone interested should go to the Arna Bontemps African American Museum Page. The museum is situated in Alexandria, Louisiana.


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