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  • Jenni H.

    Incredibly difficult. Also difficult, uncovering the history of impoverished families, whatever race or color. Poor families don’t own land, and at least mine kept to themselves, staying in the same area for years, but leaving no records, no objects, no structures, no stories.

  • Derek Nicholas

    Hard and difficult yes! But not impossible. Getting back to your great grandparents is difficult enough, Especially not knowing the location and area of their residence. But freed blacks were a determined lot. They knew the importance of keeping the family connected. Some spent the rest of their lives searching for realatives after freedom, and still are. In the 1800s into the early 1900’s before and during the great migrations, many individuals resided with other close relatives. The census workers at the time, usually listed these individuals as “borders”. I’ve found countless relatives residing in the households of other kinfolk.

 

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