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What Will My Genealogy Project Look Like Once Iím Finished?

It depends on you and what you find. Genealogy will be your tool to tell your own familyís story in many different ways. Some examples of what your research might look like once you are finished are listed below.

A Formal Genealogy
Jupiter, Del. Augustina of Spanish West Florida and Her Descendants with Related Families of Egan, Kelker, Palmer and Taylor. Franklin, N.C.: GPS, 1994.

A Family History
Patterson, Ruth Polk. The Seed of Sally Goodín: A Black Family of Arkansas 1833-1953. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1985.

An Article in a Journal
Quander, Rohulamin. The Quander Family, 1684-1910. Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, V3 #2 (Summer 1982).

A Story About Your Search
Redford, Dorothy Spruill. Somerset Homecoming: Recovering A Lost Heritage. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Sidetracked Research
You might wind up doing some of the following things, in addition to your own genealogy project:

  • A family webpage like that of Willie L. Robinsonís page, Pike County, MS Magee-Varnado Heritage
  • Preserving a local cemetery or the records of a church
  • Indexing a set of records that name slaves
  • Abstracting wills that name slaves for your county of research
  • Writing a family memoir
  • Writing a history of a local African American community in your area

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