Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family

Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family


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by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

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Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family


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Facing identity and kinship problems? Confused by multiple, same-named men? Learn how applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resolved similar challenges in the search for a freedman's family. A case example traces a South Carolina family of color, differentiates multiple men of similar profiles who lived in the same time and place, resolves conflicting evidence, identifies a freedman's last slave owner, and ultimately finds his enslaved birth family. The methodology and record types apply to reconstructing all families.


 
 

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Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL works as a researcher, author, editor, and lecturer with special interests in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as the editor of BCG's OnBoard publication. She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and the BCG Education Fund's Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation. Nancy's client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL