AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
In reviewing documents, we must always keep in mind the history of the community, and not limited outselves to an idea we started with. For example, a branch of my family since the early 1800's has been associated with the A.M.E.Church. While researching in Belmont County, Ohio, I overlooked church records at a library for M.E.Churches within the area. By accident, I flipped the pages in a booklet which included a person of color (by skin tone) who were buried in the (white) M.E.Cemetery during the mid-1800's.This one incident caused me to think back to the history and beginning of why the A.M.E.Church was formed. Quickly, I went back and reviewed all of the M.E.marriage and death records. I found several names listed in the M.E church roster,who were members of my family. Lesson: Remember, your Roots [history], especially when you searching for data on African Americans, free born or not. With hi-tech equipment available, we sometimes forget the basics...a natural mistake, dearly paid for by the researcher.
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