Adrienne G. Whaley is a genealogy enthusiast and history lover who currently serves as President of the African American Genealogy Group (Philadelphia) and coordinator of their volunteer project with Philadelphia’s historic Eden Cemetery. Adrienne earned her Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and her Master’s in Education. She is the Manager of School Programs and Partnerships at the Museum of the American Revolution, and formerly served as Curator of Education and Public Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her roots include a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Alabama coal miners, Ohio steelworkers, and lots of Georgia farmers.
- Finding Revolutionary Ancestors: Understanding Your Resources: People of African descent played significant roles in the American Revolution, as soldiers, sailors, spies, camp followers and more. Some were Revolutionaries, others Loyalists, and many were people in-between. This presentation explores useful resources for uncovering African American participation in the Revolution, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
- Lifting Up the Dead: Exploring a Cemetery – Genealogy Group Partnership: African American cemeteries can be treasure troves for genealogists, as well as honored resting places for our ancestors. Yet many have been forgotten, or the records kept relatively inaccessible. In this session, learn about Philadelphia’s historic Eden Cemetery and how a partnership with the African American Genealogy Group is helping make records more accessible to researchers. Session attendees will leave with a familiarity of the history and significant burials at Eden Cemetery – including veterans of every American war, artists, performers, religious leaders, and civil rights activists. They will learn more about the status of African American cemeteries as a whole, across the United States, including some of the dangers they face and reasons for hope. Finally, they will leave with one example of how a local genealogical society can work with an African American cemetery, including lessons learned and suggestions for the others looking to start a similar project.