Ms. Nelson is a Historical Investigator, Writer, and Public Speaker. She launched a company called History Quest to focus on her one true passion: the investigative work of unknown histories. She is an award-winning journalist authoring investigative feature articles and more than 600 columns entitled "Buried Truth" and "Zann's Place." In addition to the array of pursuits mentioned above, her background includes a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University; 12 years as director of the Culpeper Museum, 12 years as a full-time volunteer with the National Park Service and 6 years as president of the Civil War preservation group, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. Zann’s current pursuit: Historic Investigator: James Madison and the Louisiana 16: Discovering their identities and Connecting the Living Descendants; Historic Investigator: discovered the identities of several dozen former slaves in a North Carolina county; Historic Investigator: developed by Virginia county, lists of hundreds of people of color predominantly former slaves who enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War ….and Director: established and implemented the African American Descendants’ Project for James Madison’s Montpelier Foundation.
The Louisiana 16: History of Domestic Slave Trade, Researching Ancestors, Tracking Living Descendants