Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Save the Date: 2018 AAHGS Hampton Roads Seminar

 Saturday, 12 May 2018
New Grace Church, 128 Deal Drive
Newport News, VA  23608
10:00 to 4:00 pm

Afro-American Historical and
Genealogical Society—Hampton Roads
Spring Seminar

"Understanding DNA:  An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy"
SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT, an award-winning author and lecturer, speaks on a variety of topics from genetics to methodology.  Currently she is in the genealogy post graduate program through the University of Strathclyde and is a staff genealogist at the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

“Speaking for Themselves:  Freedmen’s Bureau Record Group 105”
SELMA STEWART has spent more that 25 years as a family researcher.  Past president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society-Hampton Roads Chapter, she serves on the board of the Virginia Genealogical Society.  She has participated in numerous transcription projects, including those for the Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau records.

“Getting Started:  Where Do I Begin?”
DRUSILLA PAIR, a blogger, genealogist, technologist, educator, and lecturer, has been tracing her family history for more than 20 years.  She is the author of the blogs Find Your Folks (, Professor Dru (, and the James A. Fields House 

For more info
Write to:  AAHGS-Hampton Roads
PO Box 2448
Newport News, VA 23609-2448



Speaker, March 2018 Meeting

The AAHGS Hampton Roads Chapter will meet on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10 to 12 Noon at the Hampton Public Library on Victoria Blvd. Hampton, VA.

"One Slave, Many Owners: Following the Path of My Formerly-Enslaved Ancestor - A Case Study" will be the topic of a talk that will be given by member Renate Yarborough Sanders.

Researching the lives of formerly-enslaved ancestors presents unique challenges. Traveling back in time beyond the 1870 census requires careful study of records of slave owners and records used to monitor the lives of slaves. Sanders will share how she determined her great-grandfather’s status as formerly-enslaved, and how using a combination of hearsay, primary documents, and careful, analytical research skills she established a timeline, uncovering a path of enslavement under four different owners during the first 25 years of her ancestor’s life.

Sanders, a recently retired educator, has been engaged in genealogy research for more than 20 years. She specializes in African-American research, primarily in North Carolina and Virginia, and is a member of numerous genealogical organizations. She is the author of two blogs, "Into the LIGHT," which focuses on her own family history, and "Genea-Related," a platform for presenting a variety of topics of genealogical interest. Sanders is a panelist on the bi-weekly BlackProGen LIVE! online forum for persons researching ancestors of color.

Guests are always Welcome

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