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Re: Use the Slave Narratives - James Washington MS

Denise wrote:
I spend a lot of time browsing through the WPA slave narratives. Having found some of my own family there - I now am interested in all of them and am going to spend a little time each week selecting a narrative and seeing what I can trace from it. If you get stuck with your own brick walls - this can be a wonderful exercise.

Hi Denise,

Wonderful exercise indeed, it is truly amazing how many of our personal "brickwalls" can be scaled by thinking outside the box. By researching neighboring families of ancestors in census and other types of records it has allowed a glimpse into neighborhood structures, occupations, income levels, military service, religious practices and many other otherwise little known facts about the life-style(s) of my ancestors.

Thanks for the tip,

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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