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Re: Georgia (Page) Pride ~ Newport News ESS
In Response To: Georgia (Page) Pride ~ Newport News ESS ()
Hello Andrea….welcome to Afrigeneas. Lyndam has given you a wonderful guide to helping you organize your research. Placing the folks you are researching in Time and Place is a must. Newport News was/is an Independent City in Virginia, the records for these cities are separate from the counties that surround them. The coming of the Railroad and Newport News Shipyard and the jobs they provided would see a surge of the population beginning in the late 1890’s. African American’s along with whites would migrate to Newport News from all parts of Virginia, other states and countries.
You mentioned that you had Georgia’s birth certificate. I have a copy of a 1912 VA Birth Certificate it asks for specific information about mother’s place of birth, occupation, age at last birthday, etc. What information is given for her mother, Mary PAGE? How old was Mary at the time of Georgia’s birth? Does she give her Place of Birth? For the Father…was LOPEZ the only information provided? I am mindful that although these questions were asked, the information is not always provided.
Newport News like the other cities had City Directories (like phone books but without phone numbers). Newport News City directories begin in 1896, these directories provide information in the years between the census records which are done every 10 years. Not everyone who was in the City are necessarily in the directory, but it is a great snap shot of the population. Black folk are always identified in some way, in the early years with an asterick “*”, in later years with the letter C in parentheses (c). These are available at a local library I managed to take a look at some of the directories. They are usually done every year or every other. Genealogy many times is a collection of bits and pieces that you have to put together like a jigsaw puzzle. Hopefully this information will prove hepful.
1920 – In this year I saw all the Surnames you mention listed