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About mlwilliams

I have Masters degrees in Sociology and Religious Education which provide the backdrop for my interest in family history and community social histories. I've researched and written extensively on my Lassiter family, including my books: Miles Lassiter (circa 1777-1850), an Early African American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home, and From Hill Town to Strieby: Education and the American Missionary Association in the Uwharrie "Back Country" of Randolph County, North Carolina. I am a frequent lecturer for the Family History Centers in the Washington, DC area, a former editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and have my own private research company, Personal Prologue.

Kate Lassiter, World War II Army Special Services, and how Social Media helped solve a question

Kate Lassiter (1906-2006) was a great granddaughter of Miles Lassiter, of Randolph County, North Carolina (Williams, 2011). Among Kate Lassiter’s pictures was one of her in uniform. She was Kate Lassiter Trent at that time. She had told me that … Continue reading

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Silas Lightfoot (1844-1884), Company A, 2nd Regiment Infantry, United States Colored Troops

Silas Lightfoot was born on 25 December 1844, in Southampton, Virginia. He was my 2nd great uncle by marriage, being married to Harriet Jacobs, sister of my great grandmother, Sallie Jacobs Farnell. On 23 June 1863, he enlisted in Company … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Authors Association Member of the Week

I’m excited to be selected as this week’s featured member of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Check out my interview here: http://​https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/member-interivew-margo-lee-williams-author-of-from-hill-town-to-stieby/​

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Finding LauryAnn Elizabeth Williams Sellers, or the benefits of sharing your research.

Often people tell me that they are researching their family history so that they can pass it on to their children and share it with family members.  Fantastic! Admirable! But I always encourage them to go one step further. Share … Continue reading

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No Reason To Look There Either!

Several years ago, after the death of a cousin, who left no will, it was necessary to compile the family’s genealogy to determine who the surviving heirs were. It was a long and protracted process that ultimately hinged on identifying … Continue reading

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Cedar Grove Township and Red House School

Since completing From Hill Town to Strieby (Williams, 2016), I began to wonder about educational efforts elsewhere in southwestern Randolph County. I started by looking at Cedar Grove Township, just to the north and northeast of Union and New Hope … Continue reading

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From Hill Town to Strieby receives Finalist Medal from 2017 Indie Book Awards

From Hill Town to Strieby has been named a Finalist in the African American category for the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Notification was made today. I was very honored to find myself named along with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson! … Continue reading

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Private Percy Walter Phillips, World War I Veteran

Currently, the North Carolina Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, “North Carolina and World War I (http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/exhibits/NC-World-War-One),” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of what was called, “the War to end all wars.” My grand uncle, Percy … Continue reading

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How DNA helped reunite family members

Almost a year ago I was contacted by a woman, Jennifer Jackson,  who noted in AncestryDNA that she was a match for someone whose account I was administering, Aveus Lassiter Edmondson, my second cousin 3x removed. In looking at all … Continue reading

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Miles Lassiter Book Featured on Book Daily

Today the Miles Lassiter Book was featured on the Emerging Authors’ page in Book Daily! http://www.bookdaily.com/book/3078611/miles-lassiter  

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