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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?
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Whew! The discoveries posted here are truly wonderful. I had to really _think_ to see if I had ANYthing I considered worthy of this company.
Then today I remembered the discovery of a quote by my paternal, paternal, great-grandfather. When I began to research, all I knew of him beyond his name was one of my two tiny pieces of oral history, and the fact that he homesteaded the property where I was born and lived the first 11 years of my life. The oral history from my dad and his sister said "Grandpa was a presiding elder in the Methodist church."
We were Baptist by then and I had no idea what a presiding elder was. The census told me that he was born in Alabama, but I didn't know the county.
Yes, he was AME (I found his ordination record in my 'home' county). Godfrey's Library has old AME newspapers on its site and I had found several mentions of him. Then one morning I discovered a report from a Mississippi AME Conference where Great-grandpa states that he "was born in Talladega County, Alabama, but raised in Arkansas." Yes!! Since it was about 2 in the morning, I quietly did my happy-dance and couldn't wait to share the info with my cousin who understands the import of this.
Oh, now I just thought of the discovery of a picture of my paternal grandfather's brother!! Mine is not a "picture-rich" family. We have precious few old family photos. Make that one taken about 1914, none prior to that, not much after that either until the 1950s.
Uncle Richard died about the time I was born, none of the cousins remember ever seeing him, not even a picture of him. Then, on this website (the email list??), someone mentioned that pictures from the Arkansas barber license files were being made available online. I recalled that he was a barber (Hmmm. Another piece of oral history), went there and found a nice studio head & shoulders shot of him. That year I went to the Arkansas archives and was able to copy his license file. And I learned his middle name!
This was a wonderful find. Me and one cousin, ecstatic. Sister? Ho-hum.
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