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Re: Pettiford marriages in NC
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That's right, I'm glad you are following my advice. It is always a good idea to research the area that you first find your ancestor, and it is especially important when they weren't living with parents because you need to find out something about them. Don't limit yourself to just census records, while the census is the best place to start when researching, once you find someone's location at a particular point in time, you need to consult other records to see what might be available. Free people of color were often apprenticed out, so there would be court records; look for marriage records among the regular county marriages, don't limit looking for specific races, look for names, then sort through them to see if they connect to who you are researching.
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