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Hello Theresa,

A very interesting dialogue between you and Carol Wood. Carol, the Doug Harger she mentioned in a response and I, Art Thomas, all belong to the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV).

This is a group of AA genealogists located primarily in an adjacent 9 county area of West Central Ohio. The surnames mentioned in your postings are found in every one of those 9 counties from the 1840's forward. When I first started on my family genealogy which began with Champaign County, one of the 9, the connections soon spread to a 50-75 mile radius encompassing most of West Central Ohio.

As research on my family lines grew and spread throughout the area I began to research the communities and then started collecting information on collateral and neighboring AA families. From your postings I have been able to add to information I already had on Findley, Stewart, Goins, Kendall, Jones and others. The inter-connectivity is amazing!!!!!

Carol & Theresa are y'all aware of Rumley, Ohio which was located in Shelby County? It was a commmunity of FPOC's founded ca 1837. Well, up until the 1940's Rumley had an Annual Homecoming event that drew AA families from all over Ohio & Indiana that had migrated away from the 9 county area of AAGGMV. I'm sure many of the families mentioned had members attending those Homecomings.

If you are interested I may have information on how some of these families have and are connected from the later 1800's and early 1900's.

Oh, Carol mentioned Doug Harger and his sources. If Doug says it and/or puts it on paper you can believe it. If requested Doug will cite Chapter & Verse :)

Again, nice dialogue and thanks for letting me join in.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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