Genealogy News Roundup – August 4, 2011

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Catonsville family traces roots to Virginia settlers in 1600s A century ago, the Page family settled in Catonsville, founded a church and operated the neighborhood grocery out of the front rooms of a home on Winters Lane. Still, the family's 99-year-old matriarch, Eva Page Brooks — whose living room was once that family store — could not trace its history back more than a few generations. But thanks to the Internet and a DNA sample, the Catonsville clan has become the first black family — and the first Baltimoreans — to verify their descent from two 17th- and 18th-century settlers of Virginia … [Read more...]

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Pranas, Primus, Pymus, Primos and Primous – Adventures in census Searching

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Some years ago I asked my grandmother about her grandfather and all she could remember is that his name was Primus Anthony and that he was from Brownsville in Haywood County, Tennessee. I had never heard of anyone being named Primus before. I repeated it to her to be sure, and she was sure -- Primus Anthony was his name. I don't have the best memory and a lot of times I have to dig through notes to find a particular name, but his is one name I never forgot. In 1999 I began searching for him in the Haywood County, Tennesse census and quickly grew frustrated after only finding him once, in the … [Read more...]

Genealogy News Roundup – August 1, 2011

William Jasper

Early African American Landowners From the end of the Civil War to the turn of the century, Fairfax County counted 66 African American landowners. In that short time span, those new owners accumulated substantial holdings and were both remarkably productive with their land use and remarkably supportive of their burgeoning communities. ...Read More... Giving African-American history a home in Baltimore County It's easy to miss the little two-story, boarded-up house behind the Historical Society of Baltimore County in Cockeysville. Known as "the Pest House," it was once a haven for patients … [Read more...]