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

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Dropped Off in the Caribbean: DNA and the Middle Passage
  I am basically rewriting my July 2013 post, African Americans and West Indians: The Ties That Bind , to reflect
more DNA findings and an indication of stronger Caribbean ties. Many
of us African Americans have Caribbean roots. We may fall into one of four...
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Research Tip: Check Your Assumptions
Researching
and documenting many of my ancestors have not been accomplished without
mistakes from time to time. Mistakes can easily come from drawing the wrong
conclusions from research findings. In other words, some historical conclusions,
assertions, or a...
Research Tip: Check Your Assumptions
Research Tip: Check Your Assumptions
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Juneteenth Celebration: Our Freedom Day Story
My
cousins, Armentha Reed Puryear and the late Isaac “Ike” Deberry of Senatobia,
Mississippi, both listened to their grandfather Bill Reed talk about that day
in 1865 when Lemuel Reid stood on this very porch they are standing on and
announced to all who we...
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Jayson’s Journey: A Slave Schedule Story
Slave
schedules are censuses taken in the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses that
contain the slave-owners’ names and the age, sex, and color of each of their
slaves. Columns also report the number of fugitive and manumitted slaves. There
is also a column ...
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Memorial Day: Honoring the Slain Black Milliken’s Bend Soldiers Who Made A Huge Difference
  Illustration of African American Soldiers Repelling the Confederate Troops
at Milliken's Bend (Source: Harper's Weekly , public domain) Last
weekend, as my father, oldest sister, nephew, and I toured the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in
Jackson, we ...
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Genealogy Has Become a Name Collection Game
  Like
many others, I will take time to click on the green leaf that’s attached to an
ancestor or family member in my family tree on Ancestry.com. I am often led to
others’ family trees who have claimed my ancestor/family member as their own.
Sometimes the ...
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A Blog Interview with my African DNA Cousin
Maame Durowah Okai (Used per permission) I am very excited and honored to feature one of my African DNA cousins, Maame
Durowah Okai of Amsterdam, Netherlands, on my blog. If someone had told me five
years ago that I will be doing this, I wouldn’t have belie...
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A Genealogy Mishap Case: Discovering the True Paternity with DNA
No matter what the oral history said,
DNA can say something differently. What may seem obvious may not be the truth. Louisa “Lue” Bobo Danner (1842-1921) of Panola County,
Mississippi Miscegenation
during slavery is a situation that many of us African-Ameri...
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Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Cousins Mack Danner and his sister, Henrietta Danner Bacon, two of the five children born to my
great-grandmother’s brother, Alexander K. Danner (1865-1905) and his wife, Lou
Anna Brunt Danner Many
of us genealogy hobbyists and genealogists warn people abou...
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
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Adoptee's DNA Leads to Porter Ties
  Meeting Cousin Rhonda for the first time in Silver Spring,
Maryland On M ay 4,
2015, my cousin Orien sent me an inquiry e-mail. An
adoptee, Rhonda Roorda, contacted her because she is searching for her biological parents. Born in
Rochester, NY, Rhonda, th...
Adoptee's DNA Leads to Porter Ties
Adoptee's DNA Leads to Porter Ties
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