Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
Dec 18, 2018
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Research Barriers
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About this webinar

Facing identity and kinship problems? Confused by multiple, same-named men? Learn how applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resolved similar challenges in the search for a freedman's family. A case example traces a South Carolina family of color, differentiates multiple men of similar profiles who lived in the same time and place, resolves conflicting evidence, identifies a freedman's last slave owner, and ultimately finds his enslaved birth family. The methodology and record types apply to reconstructing all families.

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. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    Brilliantly executed research — excellent presentation, crisp, on top of every detail.

    Excellent description of all of the steps that Ms. Peters took in her research.

    Excellent presentation!

    Excellent presentation. Well organized.

    Excellent presentation. Very good reference material.

    Thank you …

    Excellent presenter and very informative presentation.

    Excellent presenter!

    fantastic webinar with some great information.

    Fascinating. Thank you.

    good content. good pacing

    good pace, valuable information

    Good presentation

    Good presentation. Very informative. Good research ideas.

    Good teaching about GPS, and reaching conclusions

    great detail and enjoyed the steps outlined in doing the research

    Great presentation! The information included was in-depth and included extremely helpful tips on meeting the GPS.

    Great presentation; thank you for new places to search that I had not considered.

    Great webinar proving indent and kinship using GPS.

    I learned additional information about finding freedmen.

    I like the clear presentation with points clearly presented

    I loved it – it was fun to “follow the trail” with a genealogist! Thank you!!

    I’m glad I had read Nancy’s article in the NGSQ first. Great information.

    I’m looking from the other direction: a forebear who was a slave owner and an African American woman who is descended from a slave owned by a landowner with my family’s name in that same state.

    Interesting subject & documentation.. Thanks.

    It was a wonderful story, and I learned many research strategies. There were many census that I did not know about, and I will be print the syllabus to help me out.

    It was clear and to the point.

    It’s always great when I garner bread crumbs to spur my research!

    Lots of good info

    Loved the tabular comparisons, very clear explanations also

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    Ms. Peters demonstrates excellent genealogical skills.

    Ms. Peters’ presentation was well organized and most informative. I look forward to attending more BCG webinars in 2019. (This was the first one I attended.)

    Nancy was very well prepared and the presentation went very smoothly. Thanks you for a great webinar.

    Organized, knowledgable, great presentation.

    Outstanding. Something for all levels of experience

    Read this case in NGSQ and set it aside for study (also working on a SC freedman family, getting it back to before emancipation for family). Really nice presentation, got a good look at how Nancy used framed research and used GPS systematically to answer question. She laid it out in such a way that it was easy to follow, not an easy task with so much info from so many sources. It will help me keep data organized for analysis, too.

    That is the best presentation I’ve heard on African American research. Nancy is a terrific presenter.

    The case study was a good example of how much work can be involved in working through the GPS. I can see that it would have been easy to see the two Hirams as one person, and to have gone the wrong direction.

    The research hints are most helpful. The discussion about using research of a slave-owner as a means of learning about a former slave made me realize that it is a concept that can be applied to the relationship of landowners to tenant farmers or masters to indentured servants in other parts of the world. So thank you Nancy.

    The talk showed how widespread a search could be undertaken to come to a conclusion by sorting out possible candidates.

    This was an excellent presentation that brought to light the importance of GPS and using multiple sources.

    This was my first live webinar and I’m a new member. I thought Nancy explained the concept of the GPS very well. As someone who is interested in slave research and research methodology, I was happy with the topic.

    This was my first webinar, and I enjoyed learning more about family history research.

    This was one of the best webinars that I have attended.

    US centred but the processes remain the same – check and double check

    very clear and concise, easy to follow and extrapolate concepts to own research questions. thanks

    Very clear and thorough. I would like to read her article in NGQ and perhaps in the future it might be interesting to suggest we read the article before the presentation to best understand all the detail of the analysis.

    Very clear explanation of the five pillars. High standards secure the pursuit of Truth.

    Very good webinar! I like how I could follow along with her research.

    Very helpful

    Very helpful and informative

    very helpful case study of applying GPS; using many types of records to compare subject and FAN across time; thank you

    Very informative ! Good Presentation! Thank you!

    Very informative!

    Very informative. Thank you! : )

    Very informative. Thanks!

    Very interesting and helpful. Thank you

    Very interesting webinar! Thank you very much.

    very through

    Very through and methodical. Loved it!

    Very well done, a lot of sources were consulted, really made the point about using many sources of information. Glad the resources were included on the syllabus,

    well done

    Well presented; great questions afterwards, all of which can help in resolving dilemmas in one’s own research



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