8:30AM - 9:30AM
No Stone Unturned
Tracing enslaved ancestors before 1870 is not impossible, but requires time, patience, and an exhaustive search. Learn how to identify and use the clues left behind and when and when not to rely common methods when it comes to identifying former slaveholders.
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