Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

“You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.”
–Maya Angelou


Saturday, October 16, 2021 
Online, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)
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SGS Members $40, Everyone else $55
  Our speaker, Ari Wilkins, is a genealogist and librarian from Texas with “boots on the ground” experience. Her knowledge of records of the south and of genealogical methodology in general is extraordinary. Besides all that, she is a wonderful speaker. Her topics are important for all genealogists, especially those with ancestors in the south. Come and learn something new!
  Seminar Topics
  Black and White Southern Families in Southern Plantation Records
Learn about the genealogical value of the Southern Antebellum Plantation Records – how they are organized, how to search the collection, and apply it towards your genealogical research. The case studies will highlight the personal documents of a white Southern family and the indirect documentation of an African American family.
  Mysterious Relatives
Many researchers encounter mysterious persons living in the household of a relative; or a letter signed by an unknown ‘cousin.’  As a researcher, it is important to investigate and understand the relationship between these strangers and your person of interest. This lecture will discuss cluster research methodology.
  Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.

Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Communities Well-known for their anti-slavery views, Quakers began to migrate to the slave-free territories in the 19th century. As they migrated out of the South, Quakers emancipated and traveled with their newly freed slaves. Once settled, the sect continued their abolitionist cause by supporting the Underground Railroad – transporting runaway slaves to free states. In turn, free blacks established their own settlements, while still maintaining ties with the Quaker community.
  Meet the Speaker
  Ari Wilkins is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She has been actively researching family history since 1998, specializing in African American research. She is a genealogist and library associate at Dallas Public Library, where she provides genealogy-programming education. She worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, on his project, “Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database.” Ari has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, RootsTech, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, American Library Association, and a multitude of local societies. Learn about Ari’s work with Black Genesis.


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