EVENT: Third Annual Philadelphia United States Colored Troops Civil War Weekend

The Third Regiment was Co-host for the Grand Review celebration in Harrisburg on November 6th, 2010, drawing participants from 7 states. The regiment has also been placing 34 star flags at the graves of African American Civil War soldiers so people can remember where they are. This year will be especially busy with presentations and parades, because of the 150 year commemoration of the Civil War. The Association for the Study of African American History and Life has labeled the Civil War this years Historical theme.

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EVENT: Film Screening on History of Darby Township

Three-time Leeway Foundation Award winning writer/community arts educator Valerie Harris, will screen her film, “A Highway Runs Through It….A Community History of Darby Township” at Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, on Friday, April 8, at 7:00pm.

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WEBINAR: Preservation for Genealogists

* Do you have photographs in a variety of formats from decades of documenting family events? Maureen Taylor tell you how to preserve these
treasures for the future.

* Do you have original documents depicting your family history? Margaret Jerrido will tell you how to take care of them, scrapbooks, heirlooms and other original materials.

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EVENT: “Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607-1765”

“Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607-1765”

Friday, April 15, 2:00 – 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception

Join us for the Tenth Annual Conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society that will be devoted to an exploration of this recent book by historian Lorena Walsh. This conference is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

Click here for more information and to register for this conference.

March 4, 2011 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

WEBCAST: Finding the Slave Owner: Approaches to Antebellum Research

We have assembled three wonderful presenters that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. All that you need is a computer, the internet and a phone.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania presents

Finding the Slave Owner: Approaches to Antebellum Research

Thurs, February 24, 2011
7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT

Cost: $15 per person

African American History Month Webinar, hosted and moderated by GSP board member and genealogical researcher Shamele Jordon.

This webinar will provide researchers with multiple approaches to tracing their enslaved ancestor’s antebellum past. Using a variety of sources including oral history, wills, estate records, assessments, tax records and land records, the presenters will share the methodology used to directly and indirectly link to a slave owner. Beginner, intermediate and advanced level researchers will benefit from the information provided during this webinar event.

Registrants will receive an email with a link and a telephone number for the event, and then at the designated time, registrants will call the phone number to hear the presenters and click on the link to view the Power Point presentations. The audience will have time to ask questions after the presentations.


  • Deborah Abbott, PhD, will trace a freed African American back to his enslaved past using land records in Danville, Kentucky.
  • Michael Hait will reconstruct a slave family using assessment lists in Talbot County, Maryland.
  • Floyd M. Riley will connect the dots using oral history, Freedman’s Bank records, and an estate packet in Leon County, Florida.



Go to Website: http://genpa.org

Questions: sjordon3@gmail.com

February 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

7th Annual Genealogy Fair Sponsored by NARA


National Archives & Records Association (NARA) is having their 7th Annual Genealogy Fair from April 20 – 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, Become Your Family’s Detective will include workshops and exhibits.

[The] two-day program showcases the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. The fair provides information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. 

Reservations are not required and the entire event is open to the public.

Also, be sure to check out their presentation, Beginning Your Genealogical Research at NARA (Powerpoint presentation) with over 150+ slides. Download a copy here.

For more information about the Genealogy Fair, visit: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/.

February 20, 2011 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

EVENT: Tidewater Genealogy Society November 2010 General Meeting

Annual Election and Show and Tell ~ Genealogical Discoveries this Summer

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10AM

Olivet Christian Church
14425 Old Courthouse Way. Newport News, Virginia.

TGS invites you to our Annual Election and Show and Tell ~ Genealogical Discoveries this Summer as we get together and share stories of what we did
with genealogy over the summer. Bring your summer projects and memories to share with us. All meetings are free and open to the public, come and join

For additional info see the TGS web site at www.rootsweb.com/~vatgs.

For directions to Olivet Christian Church see ww.olivetcc.com/home.aspx?igid=29080.

November 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

November AAGG General Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 9th

We are excited that we will begin a 15 minute presentation from one of our seasoned members, long time genealogical researcher, and family historian, Ms. Othella R. Vaughn. Ms. Vaughn will tell us about her book “Sankofa: A History of The Tribble Family.”

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Freedman’s Village

The Civil War leaders of the Union buried soldiers’ bodies on the property in hopes that Lee would never want to return, and Parks’ ancestor dug the very first grave near the Freedman’s Village burial site.

Continue Reading November 9, 2010 at 8:08 am 5 comments

Unfortunate Gravestones

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