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Mississippi to Africa captures Collier's 14-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 "roots-digging" tips and techniques along the journey.
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Collier is also the
author of 150 Years
Later: Broken Ties Mended, which was released in July 2011.
Copyright © 2012 Melvin J. Collier.
Melvin appeared as one
expert genealogists on
the Spike Lee episode of
Who Do You Think You Are
on NBC that aired on April 30, 2010. This episode highlighted Spike Lee's search for his ancestry