Descendants of the Enslaved and Enslavers – Working Together to Discover Family

Cheri Hudson Passey
Sep 2, 2022
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Reality Hits Home
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The Researcher's Questions
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The Researcher's Responsibility
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Sharing What You Find
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Best Practices
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Supporting Each Group
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Announcement / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Sharon Batiste Gillins a descendant of enslaved ancestors and Cheri Hudson Passey a descendant of enslavers share how to overcome emotions and other obstacles to work together to connect families.

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Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina
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Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. She is a passionate family history researcher who has been actively involved in genea
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    Aaron Dorsey
    4 weeks ago

    One point of clarification. I was aware of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment through a footnote in the book Bound Away by David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly about 10 years before the article on Uncle Bacchus was published. At the time I was seeking more information on how and where the Moody Family acquired my enslave Ransom ancestors. I reached out to the Endowment regarding access to their archives. However I wasn’t sure if traveling there to conduct research would be productive.

    After the publishing of the article, I reached out to the endowment to share the research I had on Bacchus Robertson (Uncle Bacchus). I’m talking Sharon Batiste Gillins about Bacchus, she asked if I was related to the Ransom Family. She then shared a document with me and strongly encourage me to come to Galveston, Texas.

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  2. Alana Gaymon
    4 weeks ago

    There are some people who are descended from both, whose families were already blended by marriage prior to the Civil War, and who still identify with both ancestries. Where do we fit in this discussion if we do not choose a side?

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      Robin Grantham
      4 weeks ago

      Why choose? Why not both? As Walt Whitman wrote: I contain multitudes. I have about 2% sub-Saharan African DNA but I don’t know where it came from, so I can only help from the perspective of a descendant of enslavers. If I had more info on where that DNA came from, I could do both, But I can and will help anyone any way I can.

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    Wanda Looney
    4 weeks ago

    great

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    Vicki Rush
    4 weeks ago

    I have learned so much today! I watched a couple of webinars that I thought I might not relate to but found fascinating and useful information. I love the family history work and am grateful to have gathered seriously valuable. Thank you so much for providing these for us.

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    Lora Connolly
    4 weeks ago

    This was very helpful in giving me suggestions as to where to go next in trying to further research who my Virginia ancestor’s (Akers) family slaves were and what happened to them after both the Akers (husband and wife) died just before the Civil War broke out. My great grandfater was 15 when the war began and he ended up in the Union Prison in Boston (which may have saved his life) and then joined the US Army after the war ended and then came to San Francisco.

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    Maria Capaldi
    4 weeks ago

    Excellent webinar by Cheri Hudson Passey and Sharon Batiste Gillins I hope it gets a lot of views because it was very informative.

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    Lincoln Mulkey
    4 weeks ago

    After researching my family history for almost 50 years and as a descendant of an enslaver, this webinar has been a door opener for future research gathering and new family associations …. thank you Sharon and Cheri for a great webinar.

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    Vickie McCubbin
    4 weeks ago

    This presentation was wonderful and gave me great first steps to do something with the online information I have found about my ancestors who were enslavers . Thank you! Thank you! I am also making a commitment to do something. As I mentioned in my comment during the webinar this has been emotional for me and I listened to this with tears. My Heritage DNA results have also revealed that I am likely 1% Nigerian so perhaps I will find my ancestral connections by doing this. I hope so.

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