RALEIGH, NC August 20, 2013 — Tracing African-American ancestors can prove challenging. The “Before Emancipation: Searching for African-American Ancestors” workshop at the State Archives of North Carolina Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will guide users to the tools, resources, and records available when researching African-American genealogy. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is required. The cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for Friends of the Archives members, and includes a boxed lunch. To register, please complete the registration form today or call (919) 807-7301. The workshop is sponsored by Friends of the Archives.
Slavery laws enacted before the Civil War can help determine where in the public records information about persons of color can be found – real estate conveyances, court records, probate records and census records. There are records of emancipated slaves and free persons of color. Information can be found too in private collections-family Bibles, account books and other private papers. This workshop will give advice on where to start genealogy searches.
Archivists Debbi Blake, Bill Brown and Chris Meekins will discuss the resources available in the State Archives when tracing African-American ancestry. Participants will learn about the research methodologies used to authenticate the details of the life of James Alfred Johnson, author of “The Life of the late James Johnson: an Escaped Slave from the Southern States of America.”
The State Archives of North Carolina collects, preserves and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county and local governmental units; copies of federal and foreign government materials; and private collections. The Friends of the Archives, Inc. was formed in 1977 to provide private support for the State Archives of North Carolina. For more information about the State Archives, visit the Archives’ website.
The State Archives is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.