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This is great information regarding owning mineral rights to your property. In Louisiana, not knowing this information can cost you millions. When was the last time you visit the courthouse to check on the mineral and rights oil, and gas lease? Are you discussing these important matters with your family? As the family historian, this should be a topic of discussion at the next family reunion. Minerals rights and oil and gas leases differ from surface rights.
Blog Talk Radio show by Antoinette Harrell
Often times African American people sell the land without knowledge of mineral and oil rights. How often do we talk about the mineral and oil rights in our families? When was the last time you visit the courthouse to check on the mineral and rights oil, and gas lease? Have you consult with an attorney? Are you discussing these important matters at your family reunion? Minerals rights and oil and gas leases differ from surface rights. A landowner may own the surface land but not the mineral rights of that land. The owner of the land should check on whether he/she has ownership of mineral rights or title of the land. Joining the host is genealogists and family historians Tonia Askins and Melvin Collins. Their family history runs deep in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes on the family branches of the Dudley,Williams, Cade Family.
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Every family historian encounters dead ends. For some people this only makes the search more exciting and interesting. To me, this is where the fun begins, the need to know the rest of the story! At this point, you are an investigative reporter, looking for obvious and not so obvious clues to piece together. One clue leads to another, as you sometimes have to rearrange them to find the story. Get inspired by the lost stories or the family members that disappeared along the line, and then figure out how to find the details you are looking for. People become discouraged at this point, and their quest for the family history starts to take on a less than happy and fun air. Do not let that happen to you! If you hit a dead end, it is likely that there are other branches that can be followed more easily. Take your time and put out some feelers, sending e-mails to people who may be able to help or request documents that are only available on paper.
Then look for something else for a while. If you are really feeling discouraged by a dead end, remember that you have two choices. Either you can go deeper and get creative about your search or you accept that the dead end is in fact dead. There is no wrong choice, as long as you continue to enjoy the process of filling in the gaps and creating that family history you are hoping to make.
I have always wondered where the phrase “sold down the river” come from. An excellent article written by Lakshmi Gandhi explains the origin. It is an important part of history for African-American who may have found their ancestors on plantations in the state of Kentucky and later find them on plantation in and around New Orleans area.
“River” was a literal reference to the Mississippi or Ohio rivers. For much of the first half of the 19th century, Louisville, Ky., was one of the largest slave-trading marketplaces in the country. Slaves would be taken to Louisville to be “sold down the river” and transported to the cotton plantations in states further south.
In his 2010 history of the Mississippi River, journalist Lee Sandlin said “the threat of being ‘sold down the river’ was seen as tantamount to a death sentence.”
Because white planters valued men over women as laborers, male slaves were far more likely to be “sold down the river.” In addition to the tragedy of being separated from family, to be sent down the river meant a sentence of brutally hard labor. As the global demand for cotton grew, the demand for more and more slave labor grew at an equally large pace.
Sociologist Wilma A. Dunaway has written that the global demand for cotton set off a forced migration of slaves with close to one million being transported to the Deep South between 1790 and 1860. The importation of slaves ended by 1808, which means much of the demand for labor was met by selling slaves who were born in one of the so-called “slave-growing states” such as Kentucky. […]
To trace your family tree start by using the free search engines online. Studying your family’s genealogy can be a fascinating project to delve into. And nowadays there are many web sites and software programs out there to help you along. These ancestor finder aids will be an invaluable tool, making it easier and more exciting than ever to discover your family’s roots.
Trace Your Family Tree
Rather than going through every web site out there, make it easier on yourself by starting with www.searchforancestors.com. This site will connect you with a variety of other databases such as www.ancestry.com, the Ellis Island web site, www.rootsweb.com, the USgenweb.com archives and more. You simply input the surname for which you are searching, and this ancestor finder will take you to that name on the site you choose. There are various sections of each of these sites you can choose to access, such as the obituary section, World War I Draft Registrations and other places you may discover your family members’ information.
The sites you can access on a free trial basis may offer you information that will be vital to you finding your ancestors free of charge. Go to www.RecordsBase.com for a seven day free trial. With this free trial, you will be able to access your ancestors’ vital records information that have been scanned and placed on the site. They have over one billion records for you to find! You will also gain access to the member’s forums and be able to communicate with other people searching their family tree. There is also family tree software on this site so you can design your own diagrams and receive a genealogy tips newsletter.
With today’s internet, becoming an ancestor finder has never been so easy! At www.ancestry.com you can search for your relatives in various types of ways.
On the ancestry site you can link to the US Social Security Death Index (this valuable resource will be going away soon), US Federal Census Collections, birth, marriage and death records. On this site, you can also try it out for free for a limited period of time. You may find it a very useful web site for your search; in fact, you might decide to pay for a short term membership after realizing how much information you can garner here. And if you feel you’ve gotten as far as you can by searching on your own through web sites and other ways, on ancestry.com you can hire an expert genealogist to help you along and complete your search. This is especially helpful when your family dates back to foreign countries, and it becomes more difficult to gather the information you need. Some international records can be searched on this site, but you may be able to get only so far before getting “stuck.” That is where a professional might have to be brought in. Get an estimate first to determine how much such help will cost you. Follow the leads above to trace your family tree and you will be glad you did.