Explore numerous sources that can further genealogical research to help individuals identify a qualifying ancestor in order to join the Jamestown Society. In addition to sources, KC touches on planning your research, sources to help you find sources, and common research pitfalls in genealogical research and how to avoid them. Building from the criteria for qualifying ancestors, KC provides some historical and social context about the first landing ancestors - did you know it included free Africans and a Persian? After giving a live online demonstration on tools that can aid in finding resources and genealogical information relevant for discovering Jamestown ancestry, KC shows how to find the original source documents, and provides several websites that organize the information by person rather than by chronology or other methods common to historical information. She provides an overview of many published works that are helpful in Jamestown genealogical research, including several that may help link families from the early 1900s back to the qualifying period, and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each. An anthropologist by training, KC highlights information available from archaeological digs from the 1930s onward and the surprising insight they can provide to those researching their Jamestown ancestry. Similarly, she provides insight into the corporate culture of the Virginia Company of London to illustrate the kind of information that may be found in the business records.
A professional researcher, analyst, writer and presenter since1999, KC Reid is a professional genealogist tracking American ancestral lines to the immigrant ancestors. She focuses on building the story of those ancestors to help their descendants understand them as more than names on a page, including recommending travel and experiences so clients can literally walk in their ancestors' footsteps anywhere in the world. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and in International Security and Peace, KC holds two Masters degrees, one from the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. KC has lived and traveled extensively around the world and inside the U.S., and worked for several years as a travel agent before focusing on identity construction for the U.S. national security community and private genealogy clients.