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Dead End with Arkansas Birth Records

I am on a journey to help my half sister find out her father’s lineage. We know so little except that her father is of African, European and Native American Descent.

I can’t find birth records or anything for her father or her grandparents (the only people we know). My sister’s paternal grandmother is African, European and Native American descent from Wynne, Arkansas. We don’t know her exact birth name, but we found her marriage certificate to say Katie M. Benson born November 23, 1946.

Her grandfather is of similar descent, also from Arkansas (Swifton). Again, unsure of birth name but he goes by Melvin Marshall, born December 5, 1946. Do you have any guidance in determining their birth names or finding their birth records? We can’t seem to get past this generation and it is starting to get frustrating.

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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