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Valencia Benham King Nelson, 1928-2019

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our founder and guiding light, Valencia Benham King Nelson, has joined the ancestors. Valencia made her transition this morning after a long illness.

Many of you may have known Valencia but most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to this site and the 250,000 followers on social media did not. Valencia was a pioneer in online genealogy as well as African Ancestored genealogy. She started as a sysop in online bulletin boards in the 1980s and then joined the genealogy forums at AOL in the 1990s. went online in the late 90s and we have grown from there.

She will be dearly missed by not only her family, friends and the staff of AfriGeneas but by the entire genealogy community. Valencia was truly one of the giants in this field on whose shoulders we stand.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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