Oh my Gosh, Hi Shannon, My name is Shannon battiste also, same spelling and everything, how funny. I was searching my geneology through the Library of Congress and came across this site. When I saw the name Shannon Battiste, I said to myself "I don't remember posting anything!" Coincidentally, it was you. well, I am originally from Mobile, Alabama but i heard my ancestors were from Louisianna. I lived in New Orleans for a while and attended Xavier University. I live in California now. I want to desperately find my "roots". Some say France, some say Haiti and othrs say many other countries. If we can help each other..let's do that. Keep in touch and keep me informed. So glad to know you're out there Shannon!