Join us on March 12, 2016, for Discover Your Roots XIV, the 14th Annual African American Family History Conference, happening at the Historic Los Angeles Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historians, family history researchers, genealogists and other experts will host presentations and conduct specialized classes focusing on a diverse range of African American genealogy subjects. Volunteers will be on hand to help you get started…
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Presenter: Gerard Mckay
Time: 9:45 to 10:45 am.
Description: Probate records can provide a means to overcome the so called “1870 brick wall” in order to identify and document the lives and locations of slave ancestors prior to the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. This presentation will examine the probate files of 3 slave owners and show how these records can: track the lives and locations of slave ancestors over several proximate years; reveal family relationships of slaves as well as slave owners; show slave sale transactions; indicate the origins of surnames of former slaves and just as importantly, help to provide a better understanding of other documentary records and information.
Location: Assembly Room