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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
1:06:04
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Afro-LatinX in the Old West
The Spanish brought Africans to be enslaved in their colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas. What was life like for those of African descent during Spanish colonial time, Mexico and after the regions became the western U.S.? Was life significantly different from enslaved Africans brought to North America? What records exist to tell of their lives?
The Spanish brought Africans to be enslaved in their colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas. What was life like for those of African descent during Spanish colonial time, Mexico and after the regions became the western U.S.? Was life significantly different from enslaved Africans brought to North America? What records exist to tell of their lives?
Fri, September 17 2021: 0:00 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
1:11:19
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Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts
The Records of the Field Offices for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1863-1872 (RG 105) consist of an array of documents created after the Civil War. This session will focus specifically on the genealogical value of exploring freedmen’s labor contracts to include the location of the contract…
The Records of the Field Offices for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1863-1872 (RG 105) consist of an array of documents created after the Civil War. This session will focus specifically on the genealogical value of exploring freedmen’s labor contracts to include the location of the contract…
Fri, August 6 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:18:15
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African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Fri, June 4 2021: 18:00 UTC
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1:28:50
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Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People
1859 bore witness to the largest single sale of human beings in the United States' history. 440 people were sold over a 3 day period by Pierce Mease Butler to settle his enormous debts. This presentation covers the process in researching the descendants of the 400 souls who were sold…
1859 bore witness to the largest single sale of human beings in the United States' history. 440 people were sold over a 3 day period by Pierce Mease Butler to settle his enormous debts. This presentation covers the process in researching the descendants of the 400 souls who were sold…
Fri, May 7 2021: 18:00 UTC
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African American Migration North to Canada
In 1911 about 1000 families–black families from Oklahoma migrated to Canada. Oklahoma had just become a state and has passed Jim Crow laws immediately. Many who had lived there for decades found these new restrictions too harsh to bear and they moved to Alberta! Their descendants still live in…
In 1911 about 1000 families–black families from Oklahoma migrated to Canada. Oklahoma had just become a state and has passed Jim Crow laws immediately. Many who had lived there for decades found these new restrictions too harsh to bear and they moved to Alberta! Their descendants still live in…
Fri, April 9 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:06:51
In Their Own Words: Genealogy in the Slave Narratives
Uncovering the genealogy of the formerly enslaved can be challenging; but, sometimes, the information is left in first-hand accounts, commonly known as "Slave Narratives.” From books, to projects set up to learn about life during slavery, researchers can find an abundance of genealogical and other information about enslaved families, their…
Uncovering the genealogy of the formerly enslaved can be challenging; but, sometimes, the information is left in first-hand accounts, commonly known as "Slave Narratives.” From books, to projects set up to learn about life during slavery, researchers can find an abundance of genealogical and other information about enslaved families, their…
Fri, April 2 2021: 18:00 UTC
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1:30:17
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The Ten Percent: Free People of Color
In 1860, there were more than 4 million enslaved people of African descent living in the United States. At the same time, there were nearly 400,000 free people of color (FPOC) living in the U.S. Learn more about this often not talked about group and how you may have FPOC…
In 1860, there were more than 4 million enslaved people of African descent living in the United States. At the same time, there were nearly 400,000 free people of color (FPOC) living in the U.S. Learn more about this often not talked about group and how you may have FPOC…
Fri, March 5 2021: 19:00 UTC

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Wed, February 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Education in Australia
Wed, February 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Tracking the movement of ancestors in Australia can be difficult without available census records. However, there are numerous record alternatives, one of which is school admission registers as children are recorded each year, with details including parent’s names and dates of entry and exit. Industrial or trade schools, universities, religious schools and others can also present information not found elsewhere.
Tracking the movement of ancestors in Australia can be difficult without available census records. However, there are numerous record alternatives, one of which is school admission registers as children are recorded each year, with details including parent’s names and dates of entry and exit. Industrial or trade schools, universities, religious schools and others can also present information not found elsewhere.
Wed, February 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Fri, February 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved
Fri, February 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
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
Thu, February 10 2022: 1:00 UTC
Researching in Colonial New England
Thu, February 10 2022: 1:00 UTC
Researching ancestors who lived in colonial New England can be challenging. This webinar begins by tracing settlement patterns, setting the stage for understanding key records and where to find them. For the 17th century, many unique published resources exist to help the family researcher. During the colonial years, several conflicts such as King Philip’s War and the Seven Years War affected settlement and thus the surviving records. The 18th century culminated in the Revolutionary War, but also saw the continued growth of settlement and ultimately resources for the family historian.
Ann Lawthers
Researching ancestors who lived in colonial New England can be challenging. This webinar begins by tracing settlement patterns, setting the stage for understanding key records and where to find them. For the 17th century, many unique published resources exist to help the family researcher. During the colonial years, several conflicts such as King Philip’s War and the Seven Years War affected settlement and thus the surviving records. The 18th century culminated in the Revolutionary War, but also saw the continued growth of settlement and ultimately resources for the family historian.
Thu, February 10 2022: 1:00 UTC
Fri, February 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
Genealogical Gold in British Columbia
Fri, February 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
The land now known as British Columbia has been inhabited for many centuries, but most genealogical records started after the 1858 Gold Rush, which prompted many arrivals from California. Today, the province leads the rest of Canada in its commitment to making available a comprehensive collection of valuable resources. This session will enable researchers to make the most of those sources, and build a better understanding of your family’s connections to British Columbia.
The land now known as British Columbia has been inhabited for many centuries, but most genealogical records started after the 1858 Gold Rush, which prompted many arrivals from California. Today, the province leads the rest of Canada in its commitment to making available a comprehensive collection of valuable resources. This session will enable researchers to make the most of those sources, and build a better understanding of your family’s connections to British Columbia.
Fri, February 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Exploring the new 1921 UK Census
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
The 1921 UK Census was released earlier this year. Come explore what is new and different in this census. Learn how to search the indexed records, to understand the results, and how to take what you learn about your family further.
The 1921 UK Census was released earlier this year. Come explore what is new and different in this census. Learn how to search the indexed records, to understand the results, and how to take what you learn about your family further.
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Fri, March 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
Documenting, Organizing, and Analyzing Plantation Enslaved Persons
Fri, March 4 2022: 19:00 UTC
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
Wed, March 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
‘Hidden Treasures’: Discovering Local Sources in Your Irish Research
Wed, March 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
When many start their Irish family history research they often head straight for the larger national repositories and their collections. Census records and parish registers are a great starting point for our research but don’t always help you in breaking through those brick walls. What many overlook when researching their Irish family history is the treasure trove of local repositories and the records they contain. These include street directories, cemetery registers, maps, school rolls, workhouse records and even personal family archives. The majority of Irish counties on both sides of the border have their own dedicated county library and archive which are run by local councils. This webinar will examine some of the records contained in local repositories and how best to use them for genealogical research.
When many start their Irish family history research they often head straight for the larger national repositories and their collections. Census records and parish registers are a great starting point for our research but don’t always help you in breaking through those brick walls. What many overlook when researching their Irish family history is the treasure trove of local repositories and the records they contain. These include street directories, cemetery registers, maps, school rolls, workhouse records and even personal family archives. The majority of Irish counties on both sides of the border have their own dedicated county library and archive which are run by local councils. This webinar will examine some of the records contained in local repositories and how best to use them for genealogical research.
Wed, March 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, March 16 2022: 0:00 UTC
Identifying Unnamed Free Born African Americans – A DNA Case Study
Wed, March 16 2022: 0:00 UTC
Identifying unnamed individuals using a Research Plan incorporating genetic evidence takes creativity and patience. This session deconstructs a case study using Genealogy Standards to align and correlate DNA results and fragmentary records for African American families, beginning in 1812 in Virginia and North Carolina.
Identifying unnamed individuals using a Research Plan incorporating genetic evidence takes creativity and patience. This session deconstructs a case study using Genealogy Standards to align and correlate DNA results and fragmentary records for African American families, beginning in 1812 in Virginia and North Carolina.
Wed, March 16 2022: 0:00 UTC
Fri, March 18 2022: 18:00 UTC
Mexican Catholic Parish Records, Part II: Pre-Marital Investigations, Marriages & Dispensations
Fri, March 18 2022: 18:00 UTC
Spanish colonial and Mexican Catholic marriage records are rich in genealogical information. This session will discuss the laws, customs, and significance of pre-marital investigations, dispensations, and marriage ceremony records, as well as where to find and how to analyze them.
Spanish colonial and Mexican Catholic marriage records are rich in genealogical information. This session will discuss the laws, customs, and significance of pre-marital investigations, dispensations, and marriage ceremony records, as well as where to find and how to analyze them.
Fri, March 18 2022: 18:00 UTC