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Re: Query-Ohio Baptist General Association

Hello Stacey Adger

Sorry to say, but unfortunately, I have not had the need to request information from the organization that you mention. From the information within your query it appears that you are doing a great job and on the right track of finding out about the history of the organization. I noticed that you said that 'the African American organization started in 1891/1892 with the help of the Caucasian Baptist organization and also the Trumbull (Ohio) Baptist Association.

In my own research of attempting to discover any archival documents of Institutions in respect to my ancestors, I found very little initially. Yet once I focused on the sponsors, I was then able to gather additional information on the institutions that I had been attempting to research.

My suggestion would be to seek out the official name used by the 'Caucasian Baptist organization' at that time period. Once you have the names as they were called during that time period, I would seek out any archival information on them and then their documents in helping to establish an African American organization.

In my own experience, I was researching an Institution in one state. I was not able to find any information directly from them. Once I discovered their funding came from the Quakers in another state, I began to research the Archives, Universities and any libraries of that state to discover the information that I was seeking. Through the archives of the sponsors, I was able to locate annual reports and other documents of the institution that I was originally seeking. After finding information through the sponsor, I was than able to use that information to uncover even more avenues to explore.

Another avenue to used is newspapers during that time frame. I would not limit my search to only newspapers from that specific town or state. I did not see any names of people nor specific areas on your query but perhaps they were participates at the National Baptist Convention held at Cincinnati, Ohio on September 11-16, 1901. I found an article referring to the National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1901. Also after finding that article, I found that there is a Journal entitled, "Journal of the National Baptist Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 11-16, 1901.

I hope this information was of some help in your research. Perhaps someone else will have even more specific information to better help you.

Looking forward to you sharing some good news about your finds.
Good Luck

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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