The FAN Club Methodology, DNA, and Genealogy Lead Back to Lunatic’s Plantation

Melvin J. Collier
Apr 14, 2023
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About this webinar

Utilizing the FAN Club method, DNA, and enslaved ancestral research, Collier finally found major clues to help solve a longtime mystery – who was the previous enslaver of his great-great grandmother, Polly Partee of Panola County, Mississippi, and where did she come from? Her last enslaver was Squire Boone Partee of Panola County, and Polly had been the head cook on his plantation during and after slavery, according to oral history. According to the censuses, she was born somewhere in North Carolina and sold to Squire by 1852, but her origins had been largely unknown. Collier will present a plethora of DNA evidence, in conjunction with genealogy research and the FAN Club methodology, to uncover Polly’s North Carolina origins. Collier will also argue how a court-investigated lunatic, Alfred Alston of Fayette County, Tennessee, was most likely her previous enslaver.

About the speaker

About the speaker

A native of Canton, Mississippi, Melvin J. Collier is the author of: Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery (see
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  1. RW
    R Wade
    1 year ago

    Melvin, as usual your presentation helps others understand the intricate details that comes with your research. I know your family is continuing to beam with pride. May your findings continue to keep you and others inspired. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

  2. MC
    Marjorie Cowan
    1 year ago

    Melvin Collier is a superhero! He has truly given African-Americans, as well as others, a blueprint for genealogical research. Our searches are filled with challenges, i.e. locating enslaved ancestors without last names, and sometimes vague or non-existent records. Mr Collier is wonderful to share his time and work with the public! Thank you so much and thanks to the sponsors. Excellent presentation!

  3. MR
    Maryann Rozzell
    1 year ago

    Great demo of putting together DNA and paper (census and documentary) histories.

  4. CB
    Carla Butler
    1 year ago

    Melvin has great energy and presentation style

  5. AW
    Allison Willis
    1 year ago

    Awesome Webinar!!!!!

  6. BJ
    Brenda Jackson
    1 year ago

    Excellent webinar on using the Fan Club Method it was very informative and interesting. Melvin did extensive research and I liked how he shared his process of comparing different resources to verify his carefully thought-out observations and facts to determine the connected relationships.

  7. BB
    Brian Boneham
    1 year ago

    Brilliant must watch again webinar to get the most from the presentation.

  8. SW
    Sherri Wilker
    1 year ago



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