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Published Articles

"William A. Roberson: Born a Slave in Kentucky—Died a Wealthy Man in St. Louis (Fall 2020) -StLGSQ

​"Historical Associations of Immigrants with Diseases" (2015) -StLGSQ

A Story of Racing and Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana, 1840-1860” (2017) -LHA



The Turf - Unique Source of Genealogical Records (2021)
Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society
October 3, 2021

Private Tobias Gilmore (2021)

African-born Revolutionary War Soldier​

​Private Thomas Smith, USCT (2021)

​Co. H, 50th Mississippi Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry
United States Army


Media Projects  


Who’s a Daughter of the American Revolution? Answer grows more diverse"
Christian Science Monitor
Lindsey McGinnis, Staff writer


"Women of Color Celebrate Ancestors who Fought in Revolutionary War"
NBC Nightly News
Producer: Kori Lynch

"We Are Family - The O'Kelleys - Joyce A. Huston and Argie Hoskins-Shumway"
Blog Talk Radio with Bernice Bennett
​Link to interview 

​"Episode 232 – Cousins All: The Black O’Kelleys And The White O’Kelleys"
Extreme Genes: America's Family History Show
by Ryan Bennett. Interview by Scott Fisher,

"Nikki Sebastian Discussing Hark West at RootsTech 2018"
RootsTech 2018 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Interview by Anita Henderson, 
​The Genealogist's Writing Room


"Black O'Kelleys and White O'Kelleys Meet and a New History is Revealed”
By Aisha Sultan, Home and Family Editor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri

“A Passion for Genealogy Leads Family on Unexpected Journey”
By Art Holliday, Sonya Potter
Building Bridges Segment. KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Missouri
​06/13/2017 DNA Projects

Black O'Kelley's DNA Project
​Autosomal, MtDNA, and Y-DNA project at for descendants of Ellen Mathews Johnson Fisher and descendants of John O. Kelly (1799-1882) and his first wife Leonora Barrett Kelly (1800-1860).

Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP)
Autosomal, MtDNA, and Y-DNA group at for members of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP) lineage society.

Harrison DNA Project 
Kit Manager
Lineage 34 - The James River Harrisons/President Harrison Family Group at FamilyTreeDNA. My father's patrilineal Y-DNA matches to a Founding Father of the United States, "the Signer" of the Declaration of Independence
, Benjamin Harrison V of Charles City County, Virginia.

Perry Surname DNA Project 
Kit Manager
Y-DNA test results from several male O'Kelley family members in the Black O'Kelley's DNA Project match to several male members of the Perry yDNA Surname Project at  The Kelly group is Family-03 John Perry b c 1650 of Nansemond County, Virginia Perrys. The Perry family maintains a separate Perry Surname DNA Project website.  The O'Kelleys that match to the Perry family are grouped together at the website in Family Group 3:  Kit# 257797.

Blog Mentions:

Journeyings without Murmurings
"A Dad, a Grandma, and a Hundred New Cousins"

​By Ruth Smedley

"First African American Revolutionary War Patriot in Alabama Honored"
​By Michael Henderson

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