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African Americans Heading West
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?
Fri, August 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:11:31
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Ole Master Record All Us In The Good Book – Using the Slave Owner’s Bible Records
Locating and using former slave owners’ bible records can reveal slave families as well as their birth, ages and deaths. These records are valuable and can predate statewide vital statistic records. In addition, these records can show enslaved persons were listed with their enslaved families.
Locating and using former slave owners’ bible records can reveal slave families as well as their birth, ages and deaths. These records are valuable and can predate statewide vital statistic records. In addition, these records can show enslaved persons were listed with their enslaved families.
Fri, July 1 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Studying Free People of Color in Apprentice Records
This lecture will discuss the institution of apprenticeship – documents, laws, and resources relating to free people of color before the Civil War.
This lecture will discuss the institution of apprenticeship – documents, laws, and resources relating to free people of color before the Civil War.
Fri, June 3 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:20:49
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McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free
Calvin Dark presents the story of his Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron McMasters, born enslaved around 1814 in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he convinced his master and biological father, Simeon McMasters, to free him but North Carolina law wouldn’t allow it. This presentation will shed light on aspects of slavery (including manumission, emancipation, anti-slavery vs. abolitionist groups, Underground Railroad, Quakers, and Black Codes), Reconstruction, and African American history in North Carolina that are lesser-known and largely omitted from mainstream teaching and discourse about the period. The presentation will also provide tips and lessons learned for using genetic genealogy to uncover and discover valuable family history.
Calvin Dark presents the story of his Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron McMasters, born enslaved around 1814 in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he convinced his master and biological father, Simeon McMasters, to free him but North Carolina law wouldn’t allow it. This presentation will shed light on aspects of slavery (including manumission, emancipation, anti-slavery vs. abolitionist groups, Underground Railroad, Quakers, and Black Codes), Reconstruction, and African American history in North Carolina that are lesser-known and largely omitted from mainstream teaching and discourse about the period. The presentation will also provide tips and lessons learned for using genetic genealogy to uncover and discover valuable family history.
Fri, May 6 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:29:25
“We Were Supposed To Be Neals:“ Reconstructing an Enslaved Family Using DNA
Using DNA analysis, combined with documentary research and with only one hint of family lore, the presenter has found the family of her enslaved great-grandfather.
Using DNA analysis, combined with documentary research and with only one hint of family lore, the presenter has found the family of her enslaved great-grandfather.
Fri, April 1 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:27:13
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Documenting, Organizing, and Analyzing Plantation Enslaved Persons
Keeping track of hundreds of enslaved persons can be an overwhelming task. This lecture will offer suggestions for organizing and analyzing enslaved persons’ information using spreadsheets.
Keeping track of hundreds of enslaved persons can be an overwhelming task. This lecture will offer suggestions for organizing and analyzing enslaved persons’ information using spreadsheets.
Fri, March 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:31:37
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The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved
Genealogists and family historians alike have spent decades looking for a tried and true method for unearthing slaveholders of those enslaved prior to 1865. Learn how three crucial record sets (Civil War Pensions, the Freedmen’s Bureau, and Probates/Successions) can become just the wrecking ball needed to obliterate brick walls related to slavery.
Genealogists and family historians alike have spent decades looking for a tried and true method for unearthing slaveholders of those enslaved prior to 1865. Learn how three crucial record sets (Civil War Pensions, the Freedmen’s Bureau, and Probates/Successions) can become just the wrecking ball needed to obliterate brick walls related to slavery.
Fri, February 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:17:55
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Researching during the slave era (1817-1865)
Dr. Shelley Murphy will present a case study reviewing the challenges & successes of researching the descendants of enslaved laborers who built the University of Virginia for Thomas Jefferson. Methods and strategies will be shared.
Dr. Shelley Murphy will present a case study reviewing the challenges & successes of researching the descendants of enslaved laborers who built the University of Virginia for Thomas Jefferson. Methods and strategies will be shared.
Fri, January 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:19:50
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Court Records for People of Color Family History Research
What’s the difference between circuit and chancery court? Are probate and succession the same thing? Why bother looking at court records when it’s not involving slavery? Get the answers to these questions and more during this session, where we’ll cover court records from top to bottom, from the perspective of…
What’s the difference between circuit and chancery court? Are probate and succession the same thing? Why bother looking at court records when it’s not involving slavery? Get the answers to these questions and more during this session, where we’ll cover court records from top to bottom, from the perspective of…
Fri, November 12 2021: 19:00 UTC
1:25:44
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Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master – Finding the Mother Church
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:30:03
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Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:23:52
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Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color
The presentation will focus on Free Persons of Color in the Region of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The presentation will trace generations of inhabitants of those regions and their interaction with Europeans. Included in the presentation is the historical backdrop which occurred during the timelines. Ms. Wills will use…
The presentation will focus on Free Persons of Color in the Region of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The presentation will trace generations of inhabitants of those regions and their interaction with Europeans. Included in the presentation is the historical backdrop which occurred during the timelines. Ms. Wills will use…
Fri, September 3 2021: 18:00 UTC

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Older Than Us: The Elders of the Trask 250
Fri, October 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
From Sago and Fatima, Randall and Esther, to Moosa and Katy, learn the ancestral story of the Trask 250 from the vantage point of their oldest traceable ancestors. These incredible individuals were born before the founding of the United States, survived the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and count more than 6,000 descendants between them.
From Sago and Fatima, Randall and Esther, to Moosa and Katy, learn the ancestral story of the Trask 250 from the vantage point of their oldest traceable ancestors. These incredible individuals were born before the founding of the United States, survived the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and count more than 6,000 descendants between them.
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Freedom Bound: Escaping Bondage for Life in the North
Fri, November 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Before 1865, free blacks, as well as runaway and emancipated slaves, migrated or escaped to northern states (and Canada), hoping for a “better life” with more opportunities. In this presentation, we explore some of the reasons for this movement and review some of the many helpful records left by these antebellum northern migrants.
Before 1865, free blacks, as well as runaway and emancipated slaves, migrated or escaped to northern states (and Canada), hoping for a “better life” with more opportunities. In this presentation, we explore some of the reasons for this movement and review some of the many helpful records left by these antebellum northern migrants.
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Finding Unknown Descendants of a Freedmen Cemetery
Fri, December 2 2022: 19:00 UTC
This presentation discuss the methods Char Bah used to locate thousands of descendants of a Civil War Cemetery that had no headstones. This lecture will enhance your research skills in bring the past to the present; and, your knowledge in the community that these individuals once lived in. The methods in this presentation can be used to locate anyone that you are researching especially deceased individuals of a cemetery.
This presentation discuss the methods Char Bah used to locate thousands of descendants of a Civil War Cemetery that had no headstones. This lecture will enhance your research skills in bring the past to the present; and, your knowledge in the community that these individuals once lived in. The methods in this presentation can be used to locate anyone that you are researching especially deceased individuals of a cemetery.
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Finding Fayette’s Father: Autosomal DNA Reveals Misattributed Parentage
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
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FamilySearch.org – 5 More Links You Have to Try
Wed, August 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
FamilySearch.org is still a big website. Have you ever wondered if you could search multiple sections of the site at once? What about the best place to go to find hints to add people to the tree? What about experiences that don’t require an account? Come learn about 5 more links you have to try!
FamilySearch.org is still a big website. Have you ever wondered if you could search multiple sections of the site at once? What about the best place to go to find hints to add people to the tree? What about experiences that don’t require an account? Come learn about 5 more links you have to try!
Wed, August 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Tracing Your Alberta Connections
Fri, August 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Alberta is unique among the 10 Canadian provinces. It was the last of the three Prairie provinces to be opened to homesteading, which meant land in that province was available just as quality homesteading land dried up in the United States. That brought a rush from south of the border, and the American influence is still felt today. There has been another mass influx of people eager to work in the energy industry. Many of the key sources used in researching your ancestors or cousins in Alberta are also unique, so local knowledge is essential. This session identifies those sources for you, and will help you get results in your searches.
Alberta is unique among the 10 Canadian provinces. It was the last of the three Prairie provinces to be opened to homesteading, which meant land in that province was available just as quality homesteading land dried up in the United States. That brought a rush from south of the border, and the American influence is still felt today. There has been another mass influx of people eager to work in the energy industry. Many of the key sources used in researching your ancestors or cousins in Alberta are also unique, so local knowledge is essential. This session identifies those sources for you, and will help you get results in your searches.
Fri, August 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Make your photos speak with DeepStory
Tue, August 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory.
Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory.
Tue, August 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Researching Oklahoma Roots
Wed, August 24 2022: 18:00 UTC
The 46th state has a much longer history and more available records than most people realize. You may have discovered a possible link to Oklahoma, a Choctaw word meaning “red people.” Or perhaps you want to search for an elusive ancestor who may have hidden in Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory, the “Twin Territories” that combined to become Oklahoma. This introduction to Oklahoma genealogical research will highlight the unique records that were created due to our unusual and exciting history.
The 46th state has a much longer history and more available records than most people realize. You may have discovered a possible link to Oklahoma, a Choctaw word meaning “red people.” Or perhaps you want to search for an elusive ancestor who may have hidden in Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory, the “Twin Territories” that combined to become Oklahoma. This introduction to Oklahoma genealogical research will highlight the unique records that were created due to our unusual and exciting history.
Wed, August 24 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Tue, August 30 2022: 12:00 UTC
Que vous soyez en Belgique ou ailleurs, nous allons partir à la recherche de vos ancêtres du plat pays. Que ce soit en Flandre, en Wallonie ou à Bruxelles, des ressources existent pour vous aider à les retrouver, spécialement dans les millions de nouvelles données disponibles dans les collections historiques de MyHeritage qui concernent la Belgique. Avec pédagogie, humour et didactique, Marie Cappart, Country Manager pour MyHeritage en Belgique, historienne de formation, généalogiste et autrice de ‘Le Guide de la Généalogie en Belgique’ vous oriente pas à pas dans les archives belges et vous montre comment retrouver vos ancêtres du plat pays à l’aide des collections belges de MyHeritage, l’État-Civil, les registres paroissiaux, et d’autres collections. Et si vous n’avez pas d’ancêtres belges, c’est que vous avez mal cherché !
Que vous soyez en Belgique ou ailleurs, nous allons partir à la recherche de vos ancêtres du plat pays. Que ce soit en Flandre, en Wallonie ou à Bruxelles, des ressources existent pour vous aider à les retrouver, spécialement dans les millions de nouvelles données disponibles dans les collections historiques de MyHeritage qui concernent la Belgique. Avec pédagogie, humour et didactique, Marie Cappart, Country Manager pour MyHeritage en Belgique, historienne de formation, généalogiste et autrice de ‘Le Guide de la Généalogie en Belgique’ vous oriente pas à pas dans les archives belges et vous montre comment retrouver vos ancêtres du plat pays à l’aide des collections belges de MyHeritage, l’État-Civil, les registres paroissiaux, et d’autres collections. Et si vous n’avez pas d’ancêtres belges, c’est que vous avez mal cherché !
Tue, August 30 2022: 12:00 UTC