I am an obsessive researcher and when I'm "brick-walled" on some of my own lines, I turn to tracking people who have had some impact on my life. Thomas Ransburg of Louisiana was a frequent visitor at our home when I was a child in the 1950's and early 1960's in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a student at Southern University. Because the name is so rare, I decided to look into Ransburg's ancestry. He appears to be the descendant of Talbot and Hannah Ransburg who were in De Soto Parish, Louisiana in 1870. Talbot and Hannah had a son Simon, born in Louisiana circa 1845-1850. Simon relocated to Kansas and can be found on the Kansas STATE Census in 1885 with his wife Nellie. They were then living in Ivy, Lyon County, Kansas. I would think it is likely that any African American Kansan Ransburgs/Ransbergs with long roots in Kansas dating back to reconstruction, descend from Simon and his parents Talbot and Hannah. Talbot appears to have been native of Alabama. I have not seen or spoken to Thomas Ransburg in many years, however I believe you will find him listed in the phone book in Shreveport, Louisiana.