5:00PM - 6:00PM
Full Circle: Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor
Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. DNA and renewed interest in family history research continue to unearth this phenomena for thousands of people every day. In this session, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.
Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records.
Methodology: evaluating/analyzing information, Migration: emigration/immigration; naturalization; migration routes, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Repositories: brick-and-mortar resources; courthouse; NARA, Research Strategies: site-specific search strategies