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The Debut of Tracing Amy

Welcome to my first blog post!  My name is Amy L. Cole.  I am the 4th child born to Lee Roy Pruitt & Jerlean Edwards Pruitt of Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi.  Tracing Amy: My Ancestral Journey is about my quest to learn more about my family history.

I started the blog after reading the appeal by Luckie Daniels, founder of African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research, to make more of the research of African-American ancestry available online.  After much consideration and a nod from my family, I decided to start blogging!  My goal is to be able to provide a space where family members can follow and participate in my research.

Now that the blog history is out of the way, I think I should tell you a little about the names and places that I am researching.  I decided that I wanted to do research on both my paternal and maternal lines.  From what I know, both lines have deep roots in Clarke and Jasper Counties in Mississippi, post emancipation.  My paternal lines are Pruitt, Dukes, & Carr and the maternal lines are Edwards, Sterling, Shanks & Stokes.  I will tell you more about what I have found for each line in other post.

I have been able to take 3 of the 4 maternal lines back to the 1870 Federal Census giving me the names of ancestors that were possibly born into slavery.  I was able to accomplish this by sifting through family records, conducting interviews with family members, visiting cemeteries, and collecting obituaries.  Although I believe I have the name of the ancestors who would have been born into slavery, I have not yet started slavery research for my maternal line.   I want to ensure that all of my information post civil war is correct.  So, I am busy collecting birth marriage and death records as well as other records that will assist the search for my grandparents and great grand parents generation.  I plan to continue to go back one generation at a time collecting these records and learning as much as I can so that I have a solid beginning to enter into slavery research.

On my paternal line, I have only been able to get back to the generation of my great grandparents.  I will have to gather more information on this side because not much is remembered by those still living.  So I have some…..lets call them speed bumps on the paternal side, they haven’t turned into brick walls just yet. 🙂

So that is a summary of how far I have gotten on the family tree as a whole.  I have a couple of family reunions coming up in 2014, so I will probably focus on those lines the most in the coming months.  I will try to keep you posted along the way.


© 2013 Amy L. Cole and Tracing Amy: My Ancestral Journey.  All rights reserved.


14 thoughts on “The Debut of Tracing Amy

  1. Amy, this is a FANTASTIC first post! welcome to the world of genealogy blogging, and i’m glad that you answered AAGSAR’s call! looking forward to reading more about your journey!

  2. What a debut! Amy you did a fantastic job on our first post. Your blog looks really good too. I’m glad that you decided to write about your journey.

  3. Wow! What a beautiful Ancestor introduction & powerful blog title! The minute you shared the Ancestors were not letting you sleep, I knew you belonged in our Community! Know they’ve sent you our way with purpose! Excited for you & your new journey! Welcome Aboard!:)

    • Thanks Luckie! I am very excited! Thanks again for your urgings, because this is needed. Plus this will give me an outlet so that I don’t talk the ears off of my husband mom and sister!

  4. Amy, welcome to the blogging world! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog Reclaiming Kin. I want to applaud you for approaching this so carefully–your decision to thoroughly post-emancipation life before launching into slavery will only benefit you in your research. I would only add, though you probably know this already, to be sure to record the information for proper sourcing & to read some of the wonderful books out there on genealogy in general. Oh–I wish I could go back in time & tell myself a few things when I first started! The journey will enrich & change your life. If I can ever be of assistance, do reach out. 2014 is going to be an awesome year of continued discoveries for you!

    • Thank you for your encouragement! I am definitely preparing myself for those discoveries by learning about sourcing and other resources. I have ordered a couple of books and am going back and entering the sources on my current research. I am very excited to see what discoveries 2014 will bring indeed!

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