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Having previously read Melvin's first book "Mississippi to Africa" and the second "150 Years Later", I knew that "Ealy Family Heritage: Documenting Our Legacy" would also be a great and informative read. What I didn't realize was the depth and reach of the information presented about his family tree! I was amazed at the way the book was organized as well as how it broke down all of the generations with names, pictures and important dates of all the family members! The information is thorough and written in a way that closely examines each branch of the tree. It's a great volume to read but also a blueprint for anyone seeking to document and do the same for their family. Anyone interested in genealogy or tracing their roots should definitely get this book!
Finally, I was able to sit down and read "Ealy Family Heritage, Documenting Our Legacy". This was a book that was put together with love. There was a tremendous amount of effort put into this masterpiece. Stories, pictures, newspaper clippings, church history, school records, etc. are all in this book. This is a book for everyone. It's a great template for writing your own family history. It combines family history, Mississippi history, Leake County history, old and new pictures, and African American history all in one. Great job Melvin and all that was involved. I will be borrowing some ideas in my next book.
This book was a well-researched look at the descendants of Robert "Big Bob" Ealy, the patriarch of a family that went on to do amazing things. The information provided by author Melvin J. Collier shows how necessary it is for African Americans to search out their roots and how rewarding it is for families to learn from where, and whom, they came. Mr. Collier very generously shared the techniques and tools he used over his 22-year search to link past generations of his family to the parents, siblings and relatives he grew up with in Mississippi. I found it helpful in my own search. This book is proof, again, that the evil institution of enslaving people was not enough to destroy the strongest institution there is -- family and the ties that bind members, even over the generations.