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How I Traced Two Lines into Slavery

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Presenter: Charles Meigs

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

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Location: Classrooms 203/204

Writing Your Own Obituary: Part 2 (Workshop)

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Presenter: Dr. Edna Briggs and Ophelia Sanders

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

Description:  (Workshop) – Attendance at Part 1 is required for participation in Part 2. Attendees will engage in an exercise, using the outline presented in the first session, that will result is writing or drafting a document that can left with other important papers.   Having your document available will eliminate the family’s burden of having to create a life story for you. It can be used to allow you to “Have Your Say” when that time comes when you are no longer here to speak for yourself..

Location: Rooms 105-106

Writing Your Own Obituary Part 1: (Lecture)

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Presenter: Dr. Edna Briggs and Ophelia Sanders

Time: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Description:  (Lecture) – “Have Your Say” Attendees will learn about the history of obituaries and funeral programs from Ancient Egypt until the present day and time.  The differences between a death notice. an obituary and a funeral program will be discussed and samples will be reviewed.  An outline that can be used to develop you own obituary will also be reviewed, along with a discussion of “do’s and don’ts.”

Location: Relief Society Room

Land, Lots of Land! Land Records

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Presenter: Barbara Randall

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Everything you need to be able to read, interpret, search and locate the land records of your ancestors- whether they were slave or free.

Location: Assembly Room

Probate Records: Finding Slave Ancestors Before 1865

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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

Blacks in Mexico

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Presenter: Alva Stevenson

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Description:  Learn how one family, in the course of doing their genealogy, discovered their linkages to history.

Location: Annex Chapel

Are Your Ancestors Playing Hide & Seek?

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Presenter: Barbara Randall

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Description: Where do you go to access African American resources and information on the internet?  This workshop explores both free and paid-subscription websites.  It also focuses on websites that link to a host of resources.  Handout provided.

Location: Assembly Room