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Re: Tikar people of Cameroon!
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I agree. Once you get past the 2nd & 3rd generation Americans, (grandparents or great-grandparents were immigrants) there are MANY white folks who don't know their ancestry, or may know ONE line, especially those who have been in the USA as many generations as "we" have. Many are of so many mixed ethnicities over time that they have no clue.
Most of their ancestors who were ordinary people (maids, cooks, bootblacks, washerwomen, wagon drivers, etc.) didn't keep track of their lineage either. That's why their descendants are searching through the same dusty books that we are.
There is a KIMBROUGH JONES (white) who signed as bondsman on my great-grandparents' marriage license and I suspect may have been the slaveowner of a couple of lines of my family. (Kimbrough was his mother's maiden name.) They (Kimbroughs, Kimboroughs, Kimboros, Kimbros, etc.) have not been able to trace it beyond the shores of the US and think "the colonist" as he's referred to, made up the name...
(From a Kimbrough website: "Legend has it that John Kimbrough arrived in the Colonies about 1666.")
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