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Searching for a past

Black families face a variety of obstacles as they trace their genealogies
Friday, June 27, 2008 | 3:18 p.m. CDT; updated 4:57 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — It started with a hunch but had turned into something else. Traci Wilson-Kleekamp knew that the answers lay in the census records she’d been looking over. The papers had been by her side for the past three weeks — the car, work, her bedroom, the bathroom. There was something she was missing.

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