The Washington Post
During the 2008 presidential campaign, The Washington Post printed an article about Michelle Obama’s great great grandfather . The story contained a link to a website that I accessed and to my surprise I found my great great grandfather in the 1870 Census. I learned that he was born a slave in in Virginia in 1820, and I also discovered that some of his children were born slaves and some of his children, like my great grandfather were born free. I am forever grateful to have been able to make this discovery.
I also was able to discover that another great great grandfather, who was born in 1845, and was listed on the 1850 U.S. Census. The Census page stated that he was a free person of color in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Virginia.