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Re: 'SUCCESS STORY'
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I almost forgot about the chat, but I wanted to share my story. I have been searching for family members for a couple of years now. All the time, I have been receiving help from various sources. I joined Afrigeneas, and more recently the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV). During that time, I met Joyce Dennis who has been a big help to me.She helped me find family members who lived in Greenfield, OH. During this time, we weren't really spending time with obits, because we were trying to find living relatives, and establish a blood line between our families.The first she found was a cousin Winston Morgan. (Flashback) I had tried to get help from the Southern Ohio genealogy society in Hillsboro, OH, but the lady helping me was almost overloaded. She got me started with a lot of helpful information on the Morgan/Stewart line. Strangely enough I had a cousin (Russell Morgann) researching the same names for the same society, but we didn't know of each other. (Fast Forward) Joyce contacted me again, telling me that she had found another living relative,(Russell) and sent me information and a phone number. After we got acquainted, he started sending me vital papers, and I started sending him information and photos. He tells me that there is another cousin living in Georgia that is researching also. While exchanging information, he tells me of the Williams connection. How three sisters married men named Williams. I remembered an obit I had, pulled it out, and went to work on it. since the family member was from Dayton, OH when he died, and had a relative in Yellow Springs, I contacted the AAGGMV. I immediately got a response from Ted Jackson, who knew the living widow of the deceased relative Howard Williams. I wrote her a letter, and now have more living relatives in Dayton, OH, and Sacramento, CA. We all keep in touch, include Joyce in our correspondence, and are currently trying to find more living relatives in the New York, and Detroit areas (the sisters who married Williams men and anotheer cousin). We are dividing up projects to keep our eagerness high, but not having everyone working the same things at the same time. It would take a lot of space to thank everyone, and give advice. However, I can say have a system tht you know, and know how to work comfortably. Join a genealogy group, and provide information and support to groups like Afrigeneas. Members of AAGGMV are helping me with my other surmnames from the Dayton, OH area, and I also received help from Terry T in NJ. All this is coming from the (mustard seed) :-)). Finally, I am so happy and thankful, because I live in Texas, and look at where the help is coming from.
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