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Re: We know why they removed the list!

I think it's a great idea to research all the branches of one's family, no matter what you may find. While some of it may not be what we may expect, it certainly can go a long way towards identifying ones history and may even answer those questions that one may have had about themselves. In my family, there was a certain grand -aunt, my grandmother's sister, who left home as a young woman in the early 1920's and moved away to never again be with her family. Aunt Georgiana was light skinned enough to pass for white, moved from North Carolina to live in the North, and forever broke her ties to her family to keep her secret. One story was that she had gone to Chicago and married a white man not telling him her real heritage, but recently I found out from one of my cousins that unbeknown to anyone else, Georgiana had actually been in touch with one her sisters (their grandmother) until the mid-sixties where she was living in NY, but the sisters broke off their communications so that her "secret" wouldn't be revealed. We don't know if she had any children, and don't even know her married name, nor whether she even kept her first name as a matter of fact, but I have been trying to think of ways to try to locate where she lived. I'm sure she's dead by now, she was born around 1896, but it always makes me feel so sad that she was so ashamed of her heritage, and that she deprived herself of getting to know all of her siblings (she had 16 of them) along with the countless other family members. She wasn't the only one in the family to have passed as white, Lord knows there have been quite a few on my father's maternal side to have done so, but they always came back home and kept in contact with their families. I've always wondered what would happen if any of her possible children ever decided to research their mother's family, what would they think? It's really sad.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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