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County Genealogy Project - Champaign County, Ohio
Our local county Genealogy Society, Champaign County, Ohio, has plans to celebrate the county's 200 year history in 2005 by publishing the 'collective' stories of it's people and places. The Society is gathering stories, memories and photographs of the county history. If anyone out there has any information and/or connections to Champaign County, Ohio PLEASE make contact with me, especially as it relates to the African American experience in Champaign County, Ohio.
My concern is to ensure inclusion and an accurate picture of local AA's during this 200 year period. I have a copy of an anniversary newspaper from the 1905 100th year celebration of the county. The edition was about 40 pages and there were two (2) lines, lines not paragraphs, mentioning two (2) African American churches in the area at that time. Not one individual was mentioned.
My personal research on Urbana and Champaign county reflects an AA presence from prior to 1800 and the formation of Ohio as a State.
Sheila Farmer Clay, a collateral relative and fellow genealogist, with the help of myself and others published in 1996 a book "Black Legacy: African Americans of Champaign County, Ohio. (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 95-92040). This book of 240 pages has a Dateline of the AA presence in the county from Mar 1803 to Jun 1995. There are photos, documented family and individual biographies, copies of governmental records (Manumission papers, Census pages, Military records etc.) So a record of our presence is available. Again not one individual or event was mentioned during the anniversary period 1805-1905 . This ain't happening in 2005!!
This Posting is a plea for assistance from anyone who may have something to contribute, a personal history, photos or suggestions on how to go about getting OUR stories included in the project.
In addition, if YOUR local Genealogy Society undertakes such a project please become involved to make sure your ancestors and other AA's are not excluded from that history.
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