Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 28, 2013 in Website

Mollie Williams was born a slave in Utica, Mississippi. But that’s not all she talks about when she reminisces about her childhood in her autobiographical interview with a Federal Writers’ Project staff member in the 1930s. She tells about what she wore, what she ate, what mischief she and the other kids (black and white) got into—even the hoodoo her father used on her mother.


From U.S., Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938


It’s more than history—it’s life.

You can find out where to look for your own family’s stories at


  1. This is interesting, but unfortunately all the data is for the USA. Even when the heading of webpage includes ‘Canada’ no provinces included.
    How can I find Canadian data?

  2. Paul


    You can find Canadian records with a subscription to the website or on with a World membership. You can also prioritize your searches to Canadian records on

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