Webinar Recording: Reconstructing 19th Century African American Lives

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Reconstructing 19th Century African American Lives

Are you an African American researcher struggling to locate ancestors from the 19th century? If so, this presentation is for you.

With a focus on using a range of sources, Shamele Jordon will provide strategies for navigating federal, county, and organizational records from Reconstruction back to slavery. The approach leverages all resources, including the Freedmen's Bureau, Freedman's Bank, Free People of Color registers, probate records, and more.

Join Shamele for an engaging discussion on how to uncover vital information about your ancestors and their history. Don't miss this opportunity to enrich your research skills and deepen your connection to your heritage.

In this Webinar You'll Learn:

  • Valuable strategies for locating African American ancestors during the 1800s
  • How to navigate various sources, including federal, county, and organizational records, from Reconstruction back to slavery.
  • Discover lesser-known resources such as Freedmen's Bureau, Freedman's Bank, Free People of Color Registers, Abolition, and more

About the instructor:

Shamele Jordon is a genealogist, producer, writer, and lecturer, known for her work in genealogy and historical research. She has received numerous accolades for her show “Genealogy Quick Start,” including Best Independent Producer, Instructional/Training and the Learning Award. She was also the recipient of grants from the state of New Jersey for researching Civil War Burials and the Underground Railroad in Lawnside, NJ,

Shamele has contributed to projects such as the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II, and she serves on several advisory boards and organizations. They include: Vice President of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, advisory board member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Athens, Ga; Advisory Board of the Family Reunion Institute, co-founder of Black Genealogy Experience, creator of Visualizing the Past, youth genealogy; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia.

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