It has been a while since I have done any research or even thought about my Family History. Not because it wasn’t important to me, but Life just gets in the way sometime and our hobbies always end up taking a back seat. Now that the Ancestors are stirring again, there is no way for me to ignore them.

My Nola line has always been the most funniest and sometime easiest line to Research considering that the family stayed in the same Geographical area in LA. But there are some unanswered questions about this line that I am determined to find out.

Here they are:

1) Throughout the census my Ancestors stated that they were born in GA. It seemed so important for them to state their area of Birth. My question is where in GA. and when did they migrate to LA.? The why is simple, but with whom did they migrate and did Ben and Amanda migrate together? Were they married when they migrated? Were they from different Plantations or Farms? Also to find a Slaveowner for this line.

2) My Grandmother’s Surname was Amos. I know who her father was(James Manuel Amos), but I have not looked into this line at all. I know Amos is a well known name in Minden, LA, and very hard to research because the Ancestors had several families in Webster Parish(not uncommon after slavery). My goal is to get to know James Manuel Amos and to find the year he passed. My Grandmother Odessa stated that her father died before she was born. I also want Research the other family that James had at the time he was with my Great Grandmother Amanda.

3) My Grandmother Odessa left Webster Parish, LA married to Augustus Banks. They left the area and went to Philadelphia where my 2 oldest Uncles Earl and AJ were born. My mom recently told me a story of how my Grandmother probably ended up in Chicago, so I will be looking into this as well. Any Philly Researchers out there, I need some assistance.

4) A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of speaking with my Grandmother’s Step-Brother Frank Levingston Jr. who is over 100 years old and has an excellent memory. He remembered my Grandmother Odessa and my Great Grandmother Amanda and I will be sharing our conversation in a Blog Post soon.

5) Last but not least, I need to find the real last name of my Nola family. when I first started my Research 4 years ago my mom told me the families Surname was Robinson. In the 1870 census it was listed as Roberson, and through the rest of the Census it was listed as Robertson. I recently obtained a Great Grand Uncle’s Death Certificate and he used Robinson. I need to know which one it is and I am looking forward to giving my Ancestors the correct Surname.

I know none of the questions above might not never get answered. There is no magic Genealogy Pill that can be taken and all your questions will get answered, but I will be putting in the work and will exhaust all the resources that there are for me. With the new Genealogy group on facebook: African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry I look forward to collaborating, exchanging, & helping others getting started or just Researching their Family History as well.

See that’s what Researching is all about. Sometimes the information comes and Sometimes it doesn’t. That’s why we take breaks and sometimes help others, but my Ancestors are stirring again and I have to follow their Spirit and Direction.


  1. luckie says:

    There’s never a time FeFe the Ancestors stir without purpose. When they call you, there’s a reason. They have a story to tell…

    As always, you will find answers. It may or may not be the ones you seek right now, but that’s because it’s their story to tell — not ours. We’re just the mediums.

    Excited to see what’s in store and learning about YOUR Georgia roots!:)


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