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BlackProGen LIVE!: Ep 39 People of Color in the Midwest: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio


Tonight be sure to tune into BlackProGen LIVE! Tonight to learn about resources, tips, tricks, and more when it comes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

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Great Grandma Georgiana Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

I almost shed a tear last night when I found my great grandmother Georgiana Beck’s death certificate. I said a quick prayer and a few seconds later while searching on  I found her death certificate. I know all the information provided by the informant might not be accurate but I felt like I hit the jackpot. Of course I am left with more questions then answers now but oh my goodness. We don’t know much about my maternal grandmother’s mother and even less about her father so any information is a win to me.

I had no idea Georgiana died in Pennsylvania, I didn’t know the name of her father or she was even married. My grandmother was raised by grandmother Minnie in East Youngstown, Ohio. The information we have on my great grandparents is limited, over the years I have found a city directory  and two census records to place Georgiana in Jefferson County, Alabama and in East Youngstown, Ohio but no information connecting to my grandmother’s father James L. Christian. James L. Christian is the big mystery in our family, we don’t believe he was married to Georgiana and we believe there was a bit of an age difference between the two. Georgiana was about 15 or 16 when she had my grandmother in Jefferson county, Alabama. I was told James worked in the Steel Mills and had another child a daughter named Delores or Lois but I don’t know where he was from or his age. Recently my uncle told me he had heard James had property in Sharon, Pennsylvania, that’s not far from East Youngstown so on my next trip to Youngstown I’ll be visiting Sharon to see what I can find. I also found at 1926 East Youngstown city directory for Georgiana, I now have two more records to add to her file.

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Madison Street

I was able to visit one of the streets my Great Great Grandmother Minnie Belle and my Grandma Clittee lived on in the mid 1920s and early 1930s in Campbell Ohio formally known as East Youngstown. Campbell is where my grandma spent majority of her adolescent years before heading back down to Alabama. The 1919 steel strike brought hundreds of black southerners to Youngstown, Ohio. This influx of black southerner was part of the Great Migration, most of them settled in East Youngstown which was home to one of the Youngstown Iron Sheet and Tube plants. Edward Stacks, Minnie’s husband worked at the Youngstown Iron Sheet and Tube Company. Its was pretty cool to be able to go back to the place my grandma, great great grandma called home for over ten years. 

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Clittee Christian

My grandmother Clittee Christian was born In Ensley Jefferson County, Alabama to Georgiana Beck and James Christian. Clittee was primarily raised by her grandmother Minnie Belle in Youngstown, Ohio. As a young girl, Clittee could enjoyed roller skating, school and playing the piano, which she could play by ear. After going back down to Alabama, Clittee even played the piano at the Magnolia Baptist Church during the Sunday service.
Clittee Christian
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Georgiana Beck

I don’t know much about my maternal great grandmother Georgiana Beck so when I see documents other than census records with her name on it I get a little happy. What I do know is Georgiana was born about 1899 in Jefferson County, Alabama to Minnie Belle Burke.Georgiana got pregnant by a man named James Luther Christian (also a mystery) with my grandmother Clittee at a very young age. She had to do domestic work to help provide for herself and daughter. By January 21st 1920 Georgiana, mother and daughter were living in Youngstown, Ohio. After 1920 I have no idea what happened to Georgiana. I don’t know if she got married, if she stayed in Youngstown, her cause of death or where she’s even buried. It’s all a mystery I hope to one day solve. Georgiana Beck is part of my history


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