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Family Historian encouraged me to begin research 12 yrs ago Aliceville Alabama (Pickens County) 2004 born in Hattiesburg Mississippi I researched and helped prepared the reunion in Pickens County Alabama

Our Family Historian, the late Rev. Dr. Leon C. Jones inspired me to become involved in genealogy over 12 years ago. In 2004 through researching old black funeral homes and death certificates, I was able to trace the descendants of my great-grandmother, who did not know about us, nor we them. Dr Jones in 2004 insisted we go back to our original homeland in Aliceville (Pickens County Alabama). We did and the rest is history. We are all spread out across the country, widely diverse. We now know about genetic predisposition for illnesses. We found folks living in the same city who didn't know they were related, and we use each other for many my cousin Julia's wonderful strawberry figs preserves. I wrote a book (Dunn Family) on all of this. Everyone should research their history immediately!

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