Daughter of Slave Ancestry

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Welcome to Daughter of Slave Ancestry. I’m Donna Palmer Haines — born and raised in Gary, Indiana. I began my research in the late 1990’s blessed with the fortune of having access to the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research. It was there that I first learned to search the US Census. Up to now, my focus has been on the SSDI, US Census, and vital documents — with a splash of serendipity. I look forward to advancing my research to the probate records. I know there’s a wealth of information that will give me a closer look into the lives of my ancestors and their lives before, during, and after Reconstruction. I aim to learn more about the families who owned them and how the relationships came to be. Along with my genealogical findings, I will be sharing research methods that I’ve found to be of value.

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