Man finds roots using oral history
Tate County Democrat story about Melvin Collier’s search into his family’s past.
Collier’s quest to find his family roots has led him in many directions. He has learned a great deal through oral history—by talking to older relatives recounting stories of days gone by. “You know, without this, I could never have gotten as far as I have. The oral history is extremely important,” Collier said. Collier has also spent a lot of time searching census, marriage, death, birth and social security records in an effort to find out about his family. “It takes a lot of work, but it is something that I love to do,” he stated.
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