Michael Nolden Henderson wins Author of the Year Award

The following was written by the Georgia Writer’s Association:

Atlanta, GA – June 20, 2014 – Sugar Hill, GA resident and first-time author, Michael Nolden Henderson, was recently awarded finalist in the 50th Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) presented by the Georgia Writer’s Association. Henderson wrote his memoir, Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, in 2013.

“Being honored with such a distinguished award for my very first book is both humbling and encouraging,” said Henderson. “This is truly a tribute to my Louisiana ancestors whose lives inspired me to write Got Proof.”

In 2010, Henderson, a native of New Orleans and graduate of Xavier University, became the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. His research into the relationship between a woman of color who gained her freedom in 1779, and a French national who fought in the Revolutionary War under Bernardo de Galvez in Spanish Colonial Louisiana, was the focus of his book and of the 2010 segment of the PBS televised series, “History Detectives.”

Since then, Henderson has joined other lineage societies, including the General Society of the War of 1812 in Louisiana. He is a genealogy researcher and lecturer who speaks to audiences nationwide.

“Louisiana is known for its bayous and swamps and the thick, mossy dampness that lends itself to secrets. A little hush-hush, a little wink of an eye, and a little something muttered in Creole were enough to pique Michael Henderson’s curiosity about his family and its mysterious roots,” stated GAYA judge, Nancy Stephan. “Part history, part mystery, Got Proof! is an excellent primer for anyone wishing to tackle family genealogy and for those who are not afraid to ask: Who’s your pappy’s pappy?”

To learn more about Henderson’s genealogy research and his book, visit www.MichaelNHenderson.com.

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