Mississippi to Africa by Melvin J. Collier
A Journey of Discovery, Second Edition

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Mississippi to Africa captures Collier's fourteen-year journey in unearthing the buried history of his maternal grandmother's family - a journey that took him back seven generations, from northern Mississippi to the Piedmont hills of South Carolina, and even back to a specific people and region in West Africa where his ancestry undoubtedly began. Trekking the paths of his ancestors and their displaced relatives before Emancipation (1863), this emotion-filled journey traversed down an intricate paper trail of federal, state, and local records, other public records, and oral histories, presented in a narrative style to inspire, entice, and propel readers into the fascinating world of genealogy and historical discoveries. Collier also uncovered the ways in which his ancestors ingeniously retained aspects of their African heritage. DNA technology confirmed his research findings and verified ancestral ties. The reader will gain many research tips and techniques along the journey.
 

About Melvin J. Collier

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Author Melvin J. Collier, an archivist, historian, genealogist, and former civil engineer, has been conducting historical and genealogical research for two decades. He was only 19 years old when he began a quest to trace the histories of his family. His first book, Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery (first edition), was published in 2008.A native of Canton, Mississippi, Collier appeared on the NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are, as one of the expert genealogists of the Spike Lee episode in 2010. He continues to give numerous workshops and presentations on historical and genealogical subjects.Collier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in African-American Studies from Clark Atlanta University, with additional graduate coursework in Archival Studies.
 
Published May 24, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 302 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships.

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