Volunteers Needed: Transcribing Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Volunteers who have an interest in genealogy, post-American Civil War history, or the African American experience during the Reconstruction Era are needed to help transcribe the thousands of pages of handwritten letters, telegrams, and reports of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Other records to be transcribed include reports and communications about the post-Civil War Freedmen’s relief efforts,Continue reading “Volunteers Needed: Transcribing Freedmen’s Bureau Records”

DNA Results Stun Researchers

Many family researchers, genealogists and others are taking DNA tests today to trace their ancestry and learn more about their genetic origins. For some, the results are a confirmation of what they already suspected; for others, it may be a total surprise.     Imagine your DNA test results come back and you discover you areContinue reading “DNA Results Stun Researchers”

Prince Hall Freemasons: Behind the Veil of Secrecy

The discovery that your relative was a Mason (freemason) often raises a lot of questions about the secret society. Perhaps you were fortunate to inherit some Masonic regalia (e.g., medals, white gloves, a gavel, sash, pin, or a ceremonial white apron) and are simply curious about their significance. Maybe you first became aware that yourContinue reading “Prince Hall Freemasons: Behind the Veil of Secrecy”

FREE Website: Access to Nearly 1 Million Slave Trade Records

Researching ancestors believed to have been enslaved can be challenging, since the record trail is spotty prior to the 1870 U.S. Census, the first on which former slaves are listed by name. Slaves were enumerated on all federal census records from 1790 to 1860, but not by name. There are thousands of descendants of enslaved persons seeking answers and information to overcomeContinue reading “FREE Website: Access to Nearly 1 Million Slave Trade Records”

George A. Tann: The Black Man Who Saved the Ingalls Family

This historical account about a consequential black pioneer doctor takes place during the summer of 1870 in the Osage Diminished Indian Reserve in Kansas, near modern day Independence. Many pioneer groups trekked through this uncharted frontier either heading West to Oregon or California, or stopping to start a new life. That year, homesteaders from allContinue reading “George A. Tann: The Black Man Who Saved the Ingalls Family”

Virtual Event: Genealogical Gold in the DAR Digital Resources

If you are interested in learning more about the Daughters of the American Revolution’s (DAR) digitized resources, this FREE Zoom event is for you. Title: Genealogical Gold in the DAR Digital Resources Date: Friday, May 7, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CDT Event Sponsor: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, Ill. Presenter: Jane Gregga, long-timeContinue reading “Virtual Event: Genealogical Gold in the DAR Digital Resources”

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