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Re: Census Search for Joe French - AL>FL

I do understand believe me. My great grandfather died in 1927 and guess what? No death certificate was done. Well, I can do one worse than that. My great grandmother died in the late 1950's and well, no death certificate was done for her either. Georgia started requiring death certificates around 1919 so it is hard for me to believe that no death cert. was done for her when she died in the 1950's. No one in my family can remember when she actually died. My grandfather (her son) put only the death year of 1955 on her headstone but my mother and my oldest sister seems to believe that year is incorrect.

So I contacted the funeral home that buried more that 60% of all African Americans in my city including my great grandmother and many of my other relatives and that owner never contacted me to tell me if he found anything on her. After that owner died, I contacted his son, who is now running the funeral and asked him to check for me. His son said that he could not find any records on any of my relatives that were buried by his dad. I was blown out of the water by this because here is a funeral that buried most of my family and not one record has been kept. You know, I really don't believe that and I still don't believe it. Man, let me tell you, I wanted to break in that place and see for, I was to say the least, a little bit upset. Imagine the history that has been lost.

But my anger at the funeral is tempered with the thought that my family could have done a little better job in keeping up with important information about my great grandmother who lived to be about 85 years old and was said to be in her right mind even up to her death. No ones knows who her parents were. And there was some confusion about her maiden name. Most of my relatives said that it was Huffins. But her maiden name was actually Huff. But I have since discorverd her (I THINK?) in the census but I don't have any other record to measure its accuracy by. So I do wish that I could have met her. Since she was born circa 1871, she probably knew all of the former slaves ancestors. Oh well. But I do have one picture of her sitting on the porch when she was in her 80's.

Anyways, sorry for long story......but I just wanted you to know that I fell your pain on this.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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