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Melvin J. Collier
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Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Cluster Genealogy
  Hector Davis (1842-1925) & Lucy Milam Davis (1846-1927) In
genealogy research, cluster genealogy is a technique that has proven to yield
great results. This technique involves researching beyond your core family or
your direct ancestors. Cluster genealogy...
Hector Davis (1842-1925) & Lucy Milam Davis (1846-1927) In genealogy research, cluster genealogy is a technique that has proven to yield great results. This technique involves researching beyond your core family or your di...
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Losing a Sibling
There
on the Barr farm, just a mile north of Abbeville, South Carolina, Sue and her
brothers, Pleasant and Glasgow, labored together, laughed together, played
together, prayed together, and always looked out for each other. When Sue was
allowed to come back...
There on the Barr farm, just a mile north of Abbeville, South Carolina, Sue and her brothers, Pleasant and Glasgow, labored together, laughed together, played together, prayed together, and always looked out for each other. W...
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Priceless!!!!!
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Trekking the Edwards Trail Back to Ghana
  DNA
technology is allowing African Americans to gain more insight about their
African origins. Fortunately, many Africans are also taking autosomal DNA tests
like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FTDNA. They are discovering that many African
Americans are solid ...
DNA technology is allowing African Americans to gain more insight about their African origins. Fortunately, many Africans are also taking autosomal DNA tests like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FTDNA. They are discovering that man...
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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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Hello Jean, I didn't run across that surname.
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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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DNA and the Second Middle Passage
  “Slave Auction, U.S.
South,” Image Reference cass6, as shown on www.slaveryimages.org , sponsored by the
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. With
African Americans – the descendants of enslaved people of African ...
“Slave Auction, U.S. South,” Image Reference cass6, as shown on www.slaveryimages.org, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. With African Americans – the descendant...
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I had a vivid dream once about being on a auction block, and when I woke up I cried and could not believe how scared and lonely I felt. This was some years ago, I had to be about 18. I was going through a phase of wondering just who I was because I was being raised by a white family and I had no real sense of my heritage. In fact it was frowned upon to take up any interest that wasn't 'Christian'. I started reading more in the freedom of the library and (before google) anything I could get my hands on abput slavery. It was so chilling. 
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More African ancestry revealed!
DNA technology is allowing African Americans to gain more insight about their African origins. Fortunately, many Africans are also taking autosomal DNA tests like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FTDNA. They are discovering that man...
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Greetings! I am happy to announce the release of "Ealy Family Heritage, Documenting Our Legacy." You don't have to be an Ealy descendant to enjoy this book. Learn from it, especially how a family history book can be organized. See link for details. Thanks! https://www.createspace.com/6006533
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Hi - I was directed to your blog from a man from Malagasy with whom we both share DNA (according to 23andme and from what he said). I have roots in Panola and I'm wondering if you and I are related. How would I get in touch with you?
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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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  • Clark Atlanta University
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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 three books, Ealy Family Heritage: Documenting Our Legacy (2016), 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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