Lansing Area African American
Genealogical Society

Volume 5, Issue 3
Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter
Web Howard  - continued from page 4
 The last piece of the puzzle fell in place when a link
to another genealogy web page connected to 1870
Tensas Parish marriages.  On July 16, 1870 Webster
Howard and Alice Robinson were listed as being
married by Milligan Blue, MG (Minister of the Gospel)
at Newfoundland Plantation!  Many thanks to Edith
Ziegler who placed the abstracts on that web site.  
Going back to the census record one sees a young
woman, A. Robinson age 17, 10 houses away from
Webb Howard.  Web and (Rose) Alice were married
just a few days after the census taker came through
that part of rural Louisiana. Their marriage location
most likely was on the same plantation where they
had been enslaved for the first 12 years of their life.  
Later on their son Ensign was born and he moved
across the river into the state of Mississippi.
  The unanswered question - is the W. Howard (male)
age 35 living two doors away, great-great granddad?  
Perhaps Web Howard's history will be further revealed
on another trip, this time to Louisiana.
Submitted by Mike Bryan
Research Tips
Tid-Bits While Searching
  The Michigan Genealogist is a electronic
publication by the Library of Michigan online.
The news provided can be useful to grasp some of
the events of past year's history and persons. will be online soon after the
completion of digitization of the Michigan Death
Records between 1897-1920. It may be sampled
and viewed for a selected group of records now by
paging through the file to gain an idea how it will be
displayed. Only approx. 1,000 records are online
from three (3) Michigan counties so far.
  Visit the Library of Michigan Website: www. for other helpful
materials. is another resource that should be visited
for historical information and databases. Log-on to  Several databases can be
found that have photographs, historic documents,
etc. from the Archives of Michigan. Several catalogs
can be searched with articles, books, magazines,
newspapers, and other publications can be viewed
on eLibrary. It is free to Michigan residents from the
Library or from home, office or anywhere with
internet access. Simply by signing on using your
drivers license, State ID or MelCat Library card.
  Recently, the State announced a decision to
close the Department of History, arts and Libraries.
Although we do not know what this will
mean for genealogists and the family history
researchers yet, we should use the resources
that are available now.
  The City Directories can be a worthwhile
source to use when searching for persons
between census years. Some families came to
many of the Northern states and Canada before
1880. Others migrated from the South prior to
World War I or during World War II years. The
directories can present a year-to-year location
for relatives as well as their occupation,
especially if they are residing with other known
relatives. While some of the pre-Twentieth
century years may be found in print form, it may
be necessary to use the microfilm viewer for
other years, if they are available.
  Another site can also
be a helpful source online, when looking for
African Americans who were born between 1860
to 1900. The database has the Ancestral index
for Mormons, 1880 Federal Census, IGI indexes
and Social Security Death Index entries for
many. IGI indexes can be searched for the name
of the Head of families, if the children’s
names are found. In some cases, other
information will perhaps show state where born,
mother’s name, age, where born, etc. Some
marriage information may also appear.
Recently, a new free database called Pilot, has
become available. To use it: Log-on at http:
  Indexes for many states can be checked. It
has the 1900 Federal Census for the States
loaded, and  some State's Vital Records, such
as; birth, marriage, 1867-1925, etc. While it
provides interesting data, it can be time-
consuming in some instances. I have found it of
great help in researching other families.
  Don't forget to check in military indexes when
using the records. While some
additional information may be available in the
military records of individuals, it may be
necessary to obtain them through submitting SF
180 or requesting copies from National Archives
The World War I Draft Registration was done in
three time segments, and some individuals may
even show up in the World War II Draft
registration as well. Names, Addresses, birth
date, where born, and place of employment, and
spouses or parent may be listed in some cases.
Most African American registrations will have
the lower left-hand corner clipped off (ordered
by the Selective Service personnel) to track
African American draftees.    
Submitted by Mel Holley
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