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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: One Who Crossed "The Line"
In Response To: Re: One Who Crossed "The Line" ()

First, get copies of death certificates if possible. I have received death certificates where the word "white" was crossed out and "negro" or "colored" was written in. I also had a great aunt who that lived in a nursing home. When my family checked her in, a nurse got information from aunt. Without asking about race, the nurse put "white". Afterwards my aunt verified the information and she said "I'm not white, I'm negro"; using the early and mid 20th century racial designation. (If the nurse would have looked at the rest of the family, she should have put 2 and 2 together).

Second, go to the court house (or write) and ask for probate and land records; there may have been a will or an estate record. Most courthouses will mail the information to you for a small fee. Ask for records pertaining to Sidney. Sometimes
children are listed on probate and estate records.

Also ask for marriage records, because witnesses were often relatives or close friends of the family. Also circuit court records. In my family we have a "Bastard" courtcase dating back to the late 1700's; a female had a child out of wedlock
and the court records established paternity, (exclusively the European side but valuable information).

Last but not least, oral history. On another side of my family, a mulatto man Elijah Reed(my 3rd great grandfater),was not recorded as being the son of a white planter however,whites and blacks openly acknowledged the relationship. There may be some whites and blacks in the community that know the family "secret/history".

Keep trying those census records;various libraries
throughout the country have purchased microfilm copies of the census records, so check all libraries within a 50 mile radius of your location.

Hotep and Blessings,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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