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Natonne Elaine Kemp


A true bibliophile, Natonne Elaine Kemp, our Co-Founder, has a passion and dedication that keeps our established authors writing and new authors motivated to publish.

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Family Historian

Natonne Elaine Kemp is a native Washingtonian. Inspired by her mother’s trips to Abbeville County, South Carolina during the 1990s to learn more about her maternal line, Natonne began researching her paternal line in 2001. Both of her paternal grandparents were born in Edgefield County, South Carolina.

Natonne is a family historian researching ancestors from the District of Columbia; Abbeville, Edgefield, and McCormick Counties, South Carolina; and Brunswick, Caroline, Hanover, and Louisa Counties, Virginia.

From 2011 – 2013, Natonne served as the editor of Homeplace, the official newsletter of the Old Edgefield District African American Genealogical Society (OEDAAGS). During this same period, she appeared as co-host and acted as guest host of a BlogTalkRadio show, Bernice Alexander Bennett’s Research at the National Archives and Beyond.

Natonne has been a presenter at local and national genealogical conferences giving presentations on the following topics: Overcoming the Hurdle of the 1890 Census, Double Counts: Ancestors Listed Twice in a Census, Resources for Tracing Your South Carolina Roots, and Conducting Research on FamilySearch by Parents.

She has written several articles appearing in The Quill and/or Homeplace including “Overcoming a Research Hurdle in the 1910 Census: Finding My Grandfather Listed Twice,” “Stumbling Without the 1890 Census,” and “In  Search of the Elusive Maiden Name.” She has had two articles published by the Louisa County Historical Magazine: “Overcoming the Brick Wall of Slavery” and “Double Count: An Ancestor Listed Twice in the 1880 Census.”

Natonne is a 2010 graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Records (NIGR), now known as the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed). She is a current member of the Louisa County Historical Society and the Virginia Genealogical Society. She is a former member of the National Genealogical Society, Friends of the Virginia State Archives, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, and OEDAAGS. Presently, Natonne serves on the Journal Editorial Board of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

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