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Re: The First Free Blacks?
In Response To: The First Free Blacks? ()

Virginia,

I am afraid I am the wrong person to ask about which subscription service to use. I happen to use Heritage Quest through a subscription to the Godfrey Library and it costs $35.00 per year, but as of right now not all the census records are indexed, and that is what you need. Without question ancestry and the other services have made it easier especially if you have no idea what state and county to begin in, or if you found them in a state and then they disappear, but it also has meant that researchers assume that all you need to key in a name and all the answers are there. Genealogical research ain't that way. I am kinda partial to "old school" census research, which is jump on the microfilm reels and spin the turner, the majority of the folks I research are in VA and my library has the census reels and soundex..so it is easier for me.

But back to Warner and Kitty...........and who is Alfred Brown? And where does he fit in the story? I saw him on the 1870 census, but not with Warner. Is Alfred Brown your grandfather?

You would only find them identified by name on the 1860 census if they were "free". Meaning either born free or emanicipated prior to the Civil War, so at this point you probably shoud try to find as much info in the the 1870-1930 period as you can.
You probably will need to find ways to get birth, death and marriage records to try to cross reference.

I think I saw a Jacob Washington in Essex County in 1910 with wife and chidren is that yours, the age was about right?

Selma

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