Following Oral History in search of William Davis but finding Mildred Brand: A Case Study

Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy
Sep 1, 2023
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Value of Oral History
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About this webinar

A researcher’s number one goal is to find ancestors for their client or their own family and share their story. Within the story oral history is followed, critical records and resources will be discovered which helped guide the research. This session will take attendees through the challenges, successes, and the continued unanswered questions of researching an African American family from enslavement to freedom through the states of VA, PA, OH, and MI.

About the speaker

About the speaker

For some, the words “So What?” seem like a curt reply to a simple question. For Shelley Murphy, however, they are the driving force behind her genealogy research and her high-energy presentations. Known affectionately as “familytreegirl”. M
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  1. CH
    Cheryll Holley
    10 months ago

    This is one of the best presentations on AA genealogy that I’ve seen.

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    Brian Boneham
    10 months ago

    Brilliant webinar with lots of interesting information.

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    Herbert Adelsberg
    10 months ago

    Great speaker.. plenty of good searching tips

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    Kathleen Smith
    10 months ago

    This webinar/seminar was excellent because the person was so knowledgeable as well, she had a great attituded – you could tell she was excited about sharing her knowledge and she gave a lot of great advice to help others research their family history. I will continue to follow her work, and her advice.

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    Cindy Hudgens
    10 months ago

    This will help when my African American friends ask about searching for their enslaved relatives. Thank you!

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    Nadine Armstrong
    10 months ago

    Great info from Shelby. Looking forward to more webinars.

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    Oyatunde Amakisi
    10 months ago

    Dr. Shelley’s presentation is inspirational. Oral history is very important in my family. Using oral history with records can open brick walls if you have a strategy, stay flexible, ask for help, and go beyond online sources. I participated in the Mildred Brand case with the Nicka Smith group. This story continues to unfold and presents a powerful example of protracted research.

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    Jean Foster
    10 months ago

    Interesting webinar about what you hear from oral history and how to prove it from records. Enjoyed listening to her methods.


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