Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
Dec 20, 2023
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About BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Known to Unknown
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Research Question
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Whole-Family Research
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Conclusion and Takeaways
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

A quarrel between brothers turns into tragedy. The murdered man’s young widow and children leave their rural home for city life, never returning. Former family connections are forgotten in time. This webinar illustrates the case of finding the birth family of a mid-nineteenth-century South Carolina widow who left her family’s homeplace. No record provides an exact birthplace or fully identifies her parents. Learn how widow Sophia’s forgotten identity was reconstructed by understanding the era’s social context, creating and testing hypotheses, and conducting whole family research.

About the speaker

About the speaker

A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, coedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2019 to 2022. She served two terms as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former edito
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  1. CS
    Cristal Simmons
    4 months ago

    Excellent presentation. Thank you.

  2. KC
    Kate Cathers
    5 months ago

    Fantastic presentation. Loved all the hints and tips. Thanks.

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    Sylvia Giordano
    5 months ago

    Nancy made a very complex case easy to follow with her methodology. There were so many factors involved, i.e. the identities, locations, and especially the social content. GREAT I’m so happy I have a subscription so I can replay this and will probably find even more clues to use in my own research. THANK YOU

  4. JD
    John Danielson
    5 months ago

    Went so smoothly that I assumed the webinar had been very short, but then I looked at the clock and it was the usual length! Hopefully, several new genealogists were watching who could observe the value of not waiting around for “the one” record stating parents directly, which may have never been created.

  5. BH
    Brittany Hayes
    5 months ago

    I thought the presention was informative, well researched, and organized. I am definitely using this as inspiration for continuing my research on my mother’s father’s side of the family tree as that side is still a mystery.

  6. SL
    steve lebel
    5 months ago

    Great research methodology that applies anywhere you do research. My major interest is colonial New England, which has very little in common with the 1800’s south. Whole family research and migration patterns are

  7. GC
    Georgene Chastain
    5 months ago

    I was glad to hear this webinar and the methodology Nancy used. The context of name use in the South in this time period was very helpful to me since I am also researching someone from SC who is missing in this time period. I will be looking for the book by Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck that she mentioned. Identity of the people we are researching is so important!

  8. NT
    Nancy Trimble
    5 months ago

    I will have to follow up with the NGSQ article to satisfy my curiosity about a lot of the background research alluded to tonight. An awesome presentation.


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