The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved

Nicka Smith
Feb 4, 2022
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About this webinar

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.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, revers
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  1. TW
    Twink Williams Burns
    6 months ago

    Absolutely amazing webinar. Novak had me on the edge of my seat and ALL the wheels in my head turning. I recommend this to anyone researching formerly enslaved folks. Phenomenal job!

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    Tonja Koob
    2 years ago

    Fantastic webinar! So much information and enthusiasm! Thank you!!!

  3. EJ
    Evelyn Jenkins
    2 years ago

    Excellent, as always!

  4. CA
    Carol Amweg
    2 years ago

    One of the best, most informative, and interesting webinar I have ever attended. I am finding that some of my ancestors were slaveholders and I want to identify and document, to the best of my ability, the enslaved persons and share the information. Wonderful speaker, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and has the ability to impart her knowledge to others clearly.

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      Rebecca Johnson
      2 years ago

      Carol, I was dismayed to find that three generations of my paternal ancestors held slaves in VA. I, too, hope to gather as much helpful information as possible to add for search.

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    Traci S. Kape Thysell-McPherson
    2 years ago

    Thank you once again Nicka for your lively and informative webinar.

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    Dreama Brower
    2 years ago

    Nicka’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject were inspirational; can’t wait to try incorporate the information and resources she shared into my research.

  7. MH
    mary Hawkins
    2 years ago

    Wow! An excellent presentation with a wealth of information. I will watch it again as soon as it replays.

  8. ML
    Marcia Lamar
    2 years ago

    Nicka is a outstanding researcher and instructor. She did not let me down with this webinar as she always shares excellent information on ways that will help us to find our enslaved ancestors history. Thank you for sharing with us.


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