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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Nodaway County, Missouri and published by National Historical Company, in 1882.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

DR. CHARLES D. BLACK, stock dealer and shipper, was born in Elktown, Todd county, Kentucky, February 27, 1843. His father, James Black, was a native of Virginia, and was engaged in the ministry. His wife, Mary (Martin) Black, the mother of our subject, was born in Todd County, Kentucky. In 1851 Charles moved to Hancock County, Illinois, where his youth was passed, receiving his education at Abington, Knox County, Illinois. Having resolved on the practice of medicine as his profession, he commenced its study with a Prof. Temple, of the homeopathic school, and in 1868 began practicing at Bloomfield, Iowa. He is now partially retired from active duty in this calling on account of failing health. On the 10th of November, 1870, Dr. Black became a resident of Missouri, at the same time locating in Nodaway County. He is now the owner of 340 acres of land in Missouri and 200 acres in Iowa. His handsome residence is situated on section 30 of this township. His stock embraces some of the best to be found in the county, his breed of short horn Durhams, etc., always carrying away a full share of premiums at agricultural fairs. In connection with Mr. J. W. Paterfield, he is extensively engaged in feeding and shipping hogs and cattle, and makes the greater part of the shipments from this section of country. An evidence of the manner in which he has worked through life, thereby gaining the position he now occupies, is shown by the fact that his first start in the stock business was a calf which was given him when he was twelve years of age, Dr. Black is a favorite with those with whom he is acquainted, and has many friends. He takes a deep interest in educational matters, and at present is school director. He was married October 4, 1870, to Miss Mary J. Bell, a daughter of Charles Bell, of West Grove, Iowa. She was born August 1, 1853, in Davis County, Iowa. Dr. Black is a Republican in his political preferences. He is also a member of the Christian Church.

This family biography is one of 976 biographies included in the History of Nodaway County, Missouri published in 1882.  For the complete description, click here: Nodaway County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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