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Melvin J. Collier
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DNA Prediction Was On Point!
  I'm
back! I haven't written a blog post in several months. But I have a good reason.
I have been writing! Yes, I have written and produced a third book. It's
entitled Ealy Family Heritage -
Documenting Our Legacy . See icon on the right side for more deta...
I'm back! I haven't written a blog post in several months. But I have a good reason. I have been writing! Yes, I have written and produced a third book. It's entitled Ealy Family Heritage - Documenting Our Legacy. See icon on...
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I enjoyed your website about your family history and connection to Louis Gossett Jr. My mother's family are from Bennettsville, South Carolina too. My cousin seems to think we are related to Mr. Gossett but I'm very skeptical. Did you run across any members of the Bright family in your research?
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Slave Ancestral Research: Unearthing your Family’s Past Before the 1870 Census
The
Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) published this second
article in their latest newsletter, BCALA News, Summer 2015, Volume 42 Issue 3,
pp 41-46. I am reposting it here on my blog. This article can also be read at
the following li...
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Hey Melvin my name is Nathan A. Berry.  I would like to enlist your assistance with researching my family history if you have the time.  I had taken the 23&me admixture test and traced my ancestry back to 1819 on my father's side and 1809 on my mother's side.  I have documents of birth and death records but i need more.  I want find my family in Africa, Europe and among Native Americans.   To my amazement I am 90.5 Sub Saharan African.  From what i have seen and heard this is unusually high for an African American.  I also have 0.1% South East Asian which I feel may link me to Madagascar instead of Asia proper.  Please email me at nathanberry1960@gmail.com. I would love to converse on my options.  I am looking to write a book on my family history but i have alot of gaps to fill.  


90.5%
Sub-Saharan African
8.1%
European
1.0%
East Asian & Native American
0.0%
Middle Eastern & North African
0.0%
South Asian
0.0%
Oceanian
0.4%
Unassigned
100%
Nathan A Berry 
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Repairing Broken Ties: DNA Finds Aunt Barsilla
  My “new” cousin, Nettie Gloster Earlier
this year, I decided to investigate a predicted 4th cousin DNA match in my
AncestryDNA account.  I match Nettie Gloster
of Maryland as well as her mother, Ruth. Thankfully, Cousin Nettie’s family
tree is viewable to...
  My “new” cousin, Nettie Gloster Earlier this year, I decided to investigate a predicted 4th cousin DNA match in my AncestryDNA account.  I match Nettie Gloster of Maryland as well as her mother, Ruth. Thankfully, Cousin...
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I love it. I can show this to other people as an example of what it takes to solve for a common ancestor. 
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My “Maury Povich Moment” with DNA
  Three of 11 children of
Bill & Sarah Partee Reed: Jimmy, John Ella, and Pleas Reed Tate County, Mississippi To date, June 2015 will go down in genealogy history as a month where I had the most discoveries, all within 30 days. I won’t go into details
about...
  Three of 11 children of Bill & Sarah Partee Reed: Jimmy, John Ella, and Pleas Reed Tate County, Mississippi To date, June 2015 will go down in genealogy history as a month where I had the most discoveries, all within 3...
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African-American Genealogy: Unearthing Your Family’s Past, From the Present to the Civil War
  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
published this article in their latest newsletter, BCALA News, Spring 2015, Volume 42 Issue 2, pp 56-60 . I am
reposting it here on my blog. This article answers the question, "How Do I Get Star...
  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) published this article in their latest newsletter, BCALA News, Spring 2015, Volume 42 Issue 2, pp 56-60. I am reposting it here on my blog. This article answe...
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DNA “Begging” Letter
  Dear DNA
Relative, I am
getting ready to beg, which is something I don’t do often. You are a DNA match
to me, either in FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA), 23andMe, or AncestryDNA. Those are the three
DNA tests I have taken. Guess what? There is a wonderful FREE onlin...
  Dear DNA Relative, I am getting ready to beg, which is something I don’t do often. You are a DNA match to me, either in FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA), 23andMe, or AncestryDNA. Those are the three DNA tests I have taken. Guess...
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Trekking the Edwards DNA Trail Back to Madagascar
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definitive conclusions can be drawn when multiple people from one family take
an autosomal DNA test, such as 23andMe , and
chromosome segments can be analyzed, compared, and triangulated. Currently, in
23andMe, that is possible only if test takers ar...
More definitive conclusions can be drawn when multiple people from one family take an autosomal DNA test, such as 23andMe, and chromosome segments can be analyzed, compared, and triangulated. Currently, in 23andMe, that is po...
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The Reuniting of Two Sisters, Beady and Brittie Ann
  I
have come to realize that we are on the ancestors’ time. Therefore, when we
embark on a genealogy journey to trace our family histories, we must have patience . We also must never
give up. Everything that we want to know will not be found within the tim...
  I have come to realize that we are on the ancestors’ time. Therefore, when we embark on a genealogy journey to trace our family histories, we must have patience. We also must never give up. Everything that we want to kn...
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Who’s the Daddy? (Part 2)
Last
Wednesday, I posted “ My
‘Maury Povich’ Moment with DNA .”  You
have to read it to understand this update. In a nutshell, after 21 years, with
clues from oral history and genealogy research staring me in the face all that
time, DNA is confirming that a...
Last Wednesday, I posted “My ‘Maury Povich’ Moment with DNA.”  You have to read it to understand this update. In a nutshell, after 21 years, with clues from oral history and genealogy research staring me in the face all that ...
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Striking Gold with Freedmen’s Bureau Records on Father’s Day Weekend
  Yesterday was a great day
twofold, and the focus was Freedmen
Bureau Records . First, in a press conference, FamilySearch.org announced the
Freedmen’s Bureau Project, which proposes to digitize 1.5 million handwritten
records about former slaves and make ...
  Yesterday was a great day twofold, and the focus was Freedmen Bureau Records. First, in a press conference, FamilySearch.org announced the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, which proposes to digitize 1.5 million handwritten re...
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The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) published my article in their latest newsletter. It is entitled "African-American Genealogy: Unearthing Your Family's Past, From the Present to the Civil War." This article answers the question, "How Do I Get Started?" You can check it out at http://www.bcala.org/Winter2015/#p=56
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Congrats and thanks for sharing the newsletter and your article!
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African Autosomal DNA Matching: A Feeling I Can’t Describe
  Autosomal
DNA tests (like 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA, etc.) are allowing many people of
African descent to gain insight about some of their African roots in a very profound
manner – by connecting them to African distant cousins. I get chills when a new
Afric...
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Education
  • Mississippi State University
    Civil Engineering
  • Clark Atlanta University
    MA, African American Studies
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Author, History and Genealogy Hobbyist, Mississippi Native
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WELCOME! I've been conducting historical and genealogical research since I was 19. It is a lifelong journey. This blog combines my passion for writing and genealogical research. I am currently the author of two books, Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery (2008) and 150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended (2011). I appeared on the NBC show, “Who Do You Think You Are,” as one of the expert genealogists in the Spike Lee episode (2010). I give workshops and presentations on historical and genealogical subjects. I'm a graduate of Mississippi State Univ., receiving a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. In pursuit of a career change, I earned a Master of Arts degree in African-American Studies from Clark Atlanta Univ. (2008) and later completed graduate courses in Archival Studies. I have worked as an archivist while residing in Atlanta. Federally employed, I now reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

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