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AAHGS 2018 Annual Conference Schedule

Day 2 of 3 - Friday, October 12, 2018


Time

Session

Title

Speaker

Room

7:00am - 8:00am   Board, Chapter Presidents Meeting Executive Committee Ross

7:30am – 4:00pm

 

Conference Registration

Conference Committee

Venue

8:30am - 9:00am F-1 Ancestral Libation   Venue

9:00am-10:15am

F-2

OPENING PLENARY SESSION  
"In Search of Shared History"

Dr. Allison Dorsey

 

10:30am-11:30am

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS-I

 

 

F-3

Genealogy Site Security Considerations Genealogy  Technology

Conducting genealogical research through the use of websites provides a wealth of information but it does not come without risks. This presentation will cover basic security and privacy concepts, and provide instruction on implementing many of these.

Dean Henry

Adams

F-4

Let’s Get Organized Research Methodologies Track

In this presentation Ms. Mosley explains her system for organizing over three hundred year of family history.  Her system of preserving/cataloging her family’s history is easy to learn and apply.  Being organized helps you to better collate sources, compare them, evaluate them, identify discrepancies, and make reasonable conclusions. Well-documented family group records are the best source of ideas for research objectives. Up-to-date family group records also help you judge the reliability and fit of newly discovered sources with what you already know.  Being well organized saves you time, and it contributes to better research and results.  Let's take your documents and pictures out of those shoe boxes and get organized.

Joyce Mosley

Franklin

F-5

The Beginner’s Genetic Genealogy DNA

Learn how to use DNA testing to power genealogical research, confirm oral history, and demolish brick walls..

 Shannon Christmas

Hancock

F-6

Re-Discovering Camptown: Preserving African American History at Local Cemeteries Preservation Track

This presentation uses the revitalization of Camptown Cemetery to discuss the process, strategies, success, and challenges to preserving African American history at local cemeteries. This presentation includes a brief history, community involvement benefits, cemetery association formation procedures, and preservation imperatives. Cemetery association members will be available via Skype for Q&A’s.

Robert Bubb

Jefferson

11:45am-1:15pm

F-7

AUTHOR’S LUNCHEON:

The Winners of the 2018 International AAHGS Book Awards

Ric Murphy Moderator

Venue

1:30pm-2:30pm

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS-II

 

 

F-8

Combining Traditional Research With DNA To Grow Your Family Tree DNA Track

Discovery of a Georgia State Supreme Court case contesting ownership of my ancestors opened previously unknown facts about their lives and the lies told to possess them. The case broadened my perspective in researching and understanding life of my enslaved forebears.

Karen Burney

Adams

F-9

Family Reunions: Telling the Story Genealogy Track

Family Reunions: Telling The Story is a workshop that expresses the many ways our stories get told. The information presented is a compilation of work including over twenty-five years of research, info gathered at The Family Reunion Institute Conference which was held from 1988 to 2007, and Chapter 4 of my unpublished book Finding the Rest of Me: African American Family Reunions.

Dr. Ione Vargus

Franklin

F-10

Reframing Our Historical Lens: Reshaping The Epicenter of African American History History Track

This presentation recasts African-American history toward a longer a longer African diaspora-oriented historical context by arguing that, contrary to Anglo-centric scholarship of many noted historians, including e.g., Ira Berlin, African American history does not begin in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Ninety-three years Before those 20 twenty some odd Negroes were traded for food at Point Comfort, 100 Africans plotted a slave rebellion to initiate a tradition of resistance that culminated with the participation of nearly 200,000 Black soldiers defeating slavery in 1865.

Dr. Samuel T. Livingston

Hancock

F-11

Georgia Supreme Court Case of Alison vs Settle, 1850:  A Peep into the Enslaved Life of My Great Great Grandmother Research Methodologies Track

Discovery of a Georgia State Supreme Court case contesting ownership of my ancestors opened previously unknown facts about their lives and the lies told to possess them. The case broadened my perspective in researching and understanding life of my enslaved forebears.

Dr. Paula Whatley Matabane

Jefferson

2:45pm-3:45pm

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS-III

 

 

F-12

Finding Revolutionary Ancestors: Understanding Your Resources Genealogy Track

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.

Adrienne Whaley

Adams

F-13

Who Were "Felix Richards Slaves"? Identifying Enslaved People Photographed Near Alexandria, Virginia Research Methodologies Track

Two women and seven children in a Civil War-era photograph were identified as “Felix Richards slaves.” Amy discusses how probate records, pension applications, and the former owner’s compensation claim allowed her to identify the individuals in the photo, now in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Amy Bertsch

Franklin

F-14

Sold Down the River: The Forced Migration from the North to the Antebellum South History Track

“Sold down the river” is an expression describing betrayal and exploitation deeply rooted in America’s past, when African Americans were sold south into cruel slavery. In 1818, one hundred people were illegally and forcibly taken from New Jersey through the actions of a local judge. This is their story.

Rich Walling

Hancock

F-15

Help Me to find my People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery Research Methodologies Track

A look into how to build a database of slave names for Franklin County, Pennsylvania and also hopefully help provide new ideas for sources for those looking into researching slavery in Pennsylvania or anywhere else.

Heather Williams

Jefferson

4:00pm-5:00pm

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS-IV

 

 

F-16

Funeral Programs -- more than a genealogy tool Genealogy Track

This presentation will focus on the use of church records, specifically the funeral programs. All churches have funeral programs. However, if genealogist or researchers look at the program for more than birth and death dates, the funeral programs can be very educational.

Margaret Jerrido

Adams

F-17

The Louisiana 16: History of Domestic Slave Trade, Researching Ancestors, Tracking Living Descendant History Track

The presentation will provide an overview of the Domestic Slave Trade, its impact on the families of politics and economics and the decimation of enslaved families. Uitlizing the case study of the Louisiana 16- sold by James Madison of Orange County Virginia to William Taylor and removed to Louisiana, the presentation will illustrate methods and resources to find ancestors.

Zann Nelson

Franklin

F-18

Using Court Records To Uncover The Lives of Slaves Research Methodologies Track

Court records can be intimidating with their legal language. It can be difficult to understand what the records mean. In this lecture, Ms. Smith provides a brief description of the various kinds of courts and the records they create. For those researching slaves and slaveholders, court records can be rich terrain since families often fought over their “property.” The audience will learn through examples and case studies what kinds of information can be discovered about their ancestors and their communities in county –level court records.

Robyn N. Smith

Hancock

F-19

Beyond Subscriptions: 25 + Free Genealogy Websites Genealogy Track

Subscription websites are great and have many offerings, but can be expensive. However, many free websites are available for family history research. These free websites can be a robust and an incredible resource for beginning and advancing genealogical research. An overview of some of these websites will be introduced or act as a reminder of resources available.

Cherie Bush

Jefferson

7:00pm-9:00pm

F-20

DINNER

"Slavery and the Black Laws of Northern States"

Slavery’s force was felt not only in the south but far north of the Mason-Dixon Line. In fact, the first legal recognition of slave status in North America came in a Massachusetts statute in 1641. Slavery persisted in the north until 1804, and many northern states opted for a combination of gradual emancipation and restrictive laws. These Black Laws of the northern states created valuable records for tracing African-American families.

Judy G. Russell

Venue