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Melvin J. Collier
Author, History and Genealogy Hobbyist, Mississippi Native
Author, History and Genealogy Hobbyist, Mississippi Native

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Diagramming the Family, the History, and the DNA
learning with charts, diagrams, illustrations, etc. is often conducive for many
people to comprehend information. Why not apply it to family history research
and DNA. I decided to build a diagram in Microsoft Word, using the hierarchy
Smart Art graph...

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The Family Was Broken but the DNA Wasn’t
In 150 Years Later: Broken Ties
Mended , I wrote the following about how I learned that a man named Pleasant (Pleas) Barr (1814-1889) of Tippah
County (Ripley), Mississippi was the father of my mother’s paternal
grandfather, William “Bill” Reed (1846-1937) ...

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My “Kunta Kinte”: Part 2 of “The Search for Our African Ancestor’s Birthplace”
  Map of Nigeria (Source: Africa
World News ) On
February 1, I posted “ The
Search for Our African Ancestor’s Birthplace .” That blog post contains a
video of Samuel Siaw of Cape Coast, Ghana giving us some great insight concerning
my mother’s great great g...

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The Search For Our African Ancestor’s Birthplace
I wanted
to share this blog post and the short video clip below on the first day of Black
History Month 2017, to emphasize that our Black history did not begin with American
slavery. (Pardon my clumsy finger at
1:30.) About six
years ago, my cousin Dr. Jeff...

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My mind has been so consumed with Mourning Day today, that I keep forgetting that this is upcoming! If you are attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City next month, check out the African Heritage Day program, featuring actor Levar Burton, and panelists, Sherri Camp, Kenyatta D. Berry, and this guy named Melvin J. Collier, as we discuss connecting to our African roots. I am honored to be on the panel with them discussing a topic so dear to my heart, especially after my recent family reunion in Ghana. BTW....Trump will NOT be there!

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The Miracles of DNA: Our Family Reunion in Ghana, Africa
This is my first blog post for 2017.
I am very happy to make this blog post about our dream-like family reunion in
Ghana on December 11, 2016. There will be other blog posts about our spectacular
week in Ghana. My cousins (R to L),
Dr. Leroy Frazier, Andre ...

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DNA and Genealogy: These Findings Can’t Be Coincidental
image above is from the will of William Edwards Sr. (1780-1855), dated November
14, 1855, Panola County, Mississippi. He had moved to Mississippi from Henry
County, Tennessee, around 1837. He left his wife, Margaret Edwards, five of his
33 slaves: LUC...

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Africa’s Major Contributions to Civilization
Monday on MSNBC, Iowa Republican representative Steve King, with his white supremacist
mentality, made an ignorant claim that white people have made more contributions
to western civilization than other “sub-groups.” He stated, “I’d ask you to go
back ...

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DNA Uncovers an Unknown Brother
this new “predicted 4th cousin” DNA match appeared among my AncestryDNA matches: Fortunately,
vhblunt50 had a small public family tree. It only contained the names of her
parents, Richard Herron (born in 1913) and Nunnie Mae Sargent (born in 1929)...
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