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February 08, 2007
As we celebrate Black History Month, I want to make you aware of some materials at the Historical Center. We have discussed earlier on the ?History Corner? the Henry County Cohabitation List, the collection of John B. Harris, and the books here that were compiled by Mr. Harris and Mr. Beverly R. Millner.

Mr. Harris and Mr. Millner completed ?African American Census 1870-1910 of Henry County, Virginia?, a two-volume set. They also compiled ?African American Marriages of Henry County, Virginia? that includes some marriages of Martinsville, Danville, and Pittsylvania County. These are wonderful books and our patrons are so grateful to these two men who have shared their work with us.

Mr. Millner has just completed a book entitled ?Something to Build On: Genealogy of African American Families of Henry County Virginia and Surrounding Area with Surnames A ? Z?. This is a treasure for any African American researcher! The text deals with families whose surnames begin with A as Abington, and continues through surname Ziglar. This book is for families who were in our area. The book also has many photographs to go along with the family information.

Remember that we have family files containing charts, marriages, obituaries, photographs, birth and/or death certificates and names and addresses of others who research the different families. Much of this information is shared with us by our patrons and we appreciate this as we are continually adding to our files.

So, come and celebrate Black History Month with us by beginning your genealogical research or by adding to it. What an adventure!

?The Roots that Make Us One are Stronger than the Branches that Divide Us.? Author Unknown








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