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Re: Maternal and Paternal Lines

Hi Gail,
I am not sure if I understand your question, but are you wanting to distinguish between the African-American BROWNINGS and the white BROWNINGS since both families are still in the area? If the Afr-AM Brownings are still living in the community, and you are doing a community newspaper, then yes, I would include the Browning surname. If you want to distinguish which set of Brownings, try "the African-American Browning Family". Then, there won't be any questions as to which family you are talking about. As far as the "sticky" issue behind this, I am pretty sure that most people in the area know that the black Brownings probably got their surname from the slave-owning ancestors of the white Brownings who are in the area.

Hope this Helps!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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