I have always said join the Genealogy society where your people once lived. I can now tell you it is worth every dollar I have spent.
We all want to know who was our families slaveholder. In 'The Carolina Herald and Newsletter, Bernice Alexander Bennett, wrote a story about how she found her people. I won't quote the whole article here, but I decided to try her technique. I agree with her, this book is for people who have thoroughly traced their people back to the 1870 census. She went page by page looking for names of those 1870 people either in family groups are alone.
I thought I knew who owned my people because of the surnames they had--TEAGUE and VANCE. WRONG!! So I decided to just try this one.
On page 79, in a family group..
Adelaide, Francis, Harriet and Elbert
negroe woman and children
OWNER-CALHOUN, P.L. sold to
NEW OWNER-Jones, Abr.
Date Oct 27 1863
Info located--Box 88 Pkg 3518
My "Peeps Y'all' BUT there was one person missing my grgrandma LUCY VANCE. Where was she? Who owned Her? Lucy/Lucinda was born in 1852 but by 1880 she was in Monroe Co. Ms. This was $56 well spent to get this book. It has taken me 10 years to find this. But someone else's 'Labor of Love' helped me out. Thank you and bless your family, Mz Lucas.
One Other thing. I used all types of names and 'sounds like' spellings when trying to find ADELAIDE. But you know the spelling I found her under is ADELAIDE.