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Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Paramours — replay of today's members-only webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills now available for members

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The recording of today's webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, "Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Paramours” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for webinar members.

Webinar Description

One of the toughest challenges faced by genealogists is the difficulty of identifying and tracking females. Wives and mothers traditionally have been “supporting characters” to the roles played by their husbands and sons—bearing no known name other than that of the males they married or bore. Historically, social mores and law codes made them second-class citizens, without a legal identity of their own and few rights or opportunities to create the range of records that genealogists customarily use to trace males. This session presents an array of resources—and, more importantly, techniques and strategies backed by case studies—we can use to establish the identities of elusive females.

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African American Funeral Programs: A Brief Introduction

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It's not unusual to receive some remembrance when you attend a funeral. Historically, giving gifts and feeding mourners was essential to the funeral. As technology advanced, the ability to print invitations, programs, and cards allowed the mourner to be provided with something to remember the deceased by and learn more about their life.

One example of this is found in African American Funeral Programs. Michelle J. Pinkard's article, A Conversation with Aunt Carol: The Fluid Functionality of Funeral Programs in African-American Culture, explains the importance of funeral programs in the African American community for various reasons. Regarding a Texas collection, she writes, " …the obituaries of Blacks were generally not published in mainstream newspapers in San Antonio until the late 1950s and 1960s." [1]Funeral programs provide a rich information resource for a marginalized community lacking genealogical records like obituaries.

These programs can contain genealogically relevant information and names of people in the deceased's FAN Club (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors). Today, a growing collection of these programs can be found online. 

Funeral Program Digital Collections

Funeral program digital collections exist on numerous websites. Below are some examples:

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West Feliciana Parish Library Funeral Webpage on African American Funeral Programs

West Feliciana Public Library - The West Feliciana Digital History Archive- African American Funeral Collection currently includes 84 funeral programs for West Feliciana, Louisiana Parish. Initially a donation of one man, the Library asks others to donate to their archive. The website states:

African American Funeral Programs provide extensive genealogical information about the deceased, including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives and friends, and place of burial. In addition to genealogical information about the deceased, the documents may contain employment information, educational history, church memberships, professional affiliations, and personal and professional accomplishments. This data can otherwise be hard to find, particularly for marginalized populations.

You can find this collection at https://www.wfplibrary.org/post/wfdigitalhistoryarchive-african-american-funeral-programs-collection.

Chatham County Funeral Programs
Chatham County Funeral Programs on DigitalNC

The Chatham County Historical Society (North Carolina) – African American Funeral Collection includes 1,326 funeral programs from Chatham County. Funeral programs can be searched or browsed at https://www.digitalnc.org/exhibits/chatham-county-funeral-programs/. Items are indexed by the person's name and their birth and death year. Of the collection, the Historical Society states:

In just a few pages, each program tells the story of a valued community member. There are tributes to housewives, nurses, military members, college professors, truck drivers, coaches, businessmen, and children. There are lodge members, Boy Scouts, Sunday-School teachers, choir members, athletes, and car club members. Revealed in the programs are interesting nicknames and touching personal anecdotes.

The programs are in the collection of the Chatham County Historical Association, and are made available online by UNC's Digital Heritage program. The Chatham County African-American Funeral Program Collection documents the lives and deaths of several generations of black Chatham County residents. Covering funerals held between 1957 and 2018, the programs typically contain an obituary, a list of surviving relatives, and the order of service. Many also contain a photograph of the deceased.

Once you find the program you're interested in, you can click the result, and then you will see a card-catalog description and a link to download the program. You can also view the digitized program online.

Digital Library of GA - Atlanta funeral programs collection
Digital Library of GA - Atlanta funeral programs collection

The Digital Library of Georgia offers the Atlanta Funeral Programs Collection. The programs in this digital collection date from 1886-2019 and are housed at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. The website states that the collection includes

Over 3300 funeral programs documenting the funeral services of Georgia residents, primarily from the Atlanta, Georgia area. Most of the programs are from services held during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. A majority of the programs are from churches in the Atlanta, Georgia area, with a few programs from other states such as South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York, among others.

Archives and libraries aren't the only repositories collecting, digitizing and making available funeral programs to researchers. One example of a genealogy society working on such a project is the California African American Genealogical Society. Obituaries are also included in this collection.

How to Find Other Collections

I've only spotlighted a few of the possible funeral program collections available online. A Google search on the keyword phrase "African American Funeral Program" will help you uncover more (you can also add a state name to that search to narrow it to your state of interest). Also, consider searching the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). If the deceased's name is indexed, you might find it with a name search on their website. DPLA is a catalog of other repository catalogs, thus making it a "one-stop shop" for searches.

Professional genealogist, Diane L Richard gave a RootsTech presentation titled Funeral Programs –A 20th Century Goldmine that is available in the RootsTech Library. The accompanying handout includes links to other collections that will be of interest.

One last thing to consider. Many of these collections exist due to the generosity of donors who provide funeral programs they and their families have collected over the years for a repository's collection. If you have some funeral programs, consider donating to a collection that can digitize and make them available to the public for research.

[1] "A Conversation with Aunt Carol: The Fluid Functionality of Funeral Programs in African-American Culture" by Michelle J. Pinkard in Women and the Material Culture of Death. Edited by Maureen Daly Goggin and Beth Fowkes Tobin. New York: Routledge. 2016.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


Genealogy Smart Start: Things I Wish I’d Known - Free replay of today's webinar by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG now available for limited time

Genealogy Smart Start, Things I Wish I’d Known Free replay of today's webinar by  Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, "Genealogy Smart Start: Things I Wish I’d Known” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Get some great tips from this genealogist who had to learn the basics the hard way, plus a few smart tricks she picked up from experts along the way. You can start smarter than I did!

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Register for Friday's "The Best of ESM" series members-only webinar — Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Paramours by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

Register for Friday's "The Best of ESM" series members-only webinar — Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Paramours by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

One of the toughest challenges faced by genealogists is the difficulty of identifying and tracking females. Wives and mothers traditionally have been “supporting characters” to the roles played by their husbands and sons—bearing no known name other than that of the males they married or bore. Historically, social mores and law codes made them second-class citizens, without a legal identity of their own and few rights or opportunities to create the range of records that genealogists customarily use to trace males. This session presents an array of resources—and, more importantly, techniques and strategies backed by case studies—we can use to establish the identities of elusive females.

*** This class requires an active webinar membership to attend. ***

About the presenter

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught for 13 years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for 25 years, headed a university-based program for advanced researchers. A past president of both the American Society of Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth is the author, editor, and translator of 14 books and over 600 articles in the fields of genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. She has delivered over 1,000 lectures internationally, has appeared on radio and TV talk shows on three continents, and was featured in BBC’s 20th and 30th anniversary specials on the novel Roots.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Genealogy Smart Start, Things I Wish I’d Known by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG

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Get some great tips from this genealogist who had to learn the basics the hard way, plus a few smart tricks she picked up from experts along the way. You can start smarter than I did!

About the presenter

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal, and president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter. She has served three terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors, is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies, and has lost count of the number of committees she has served on. Liz has published two award-winning books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs titled With Love to All, and a co-authored guide called Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services. In addition, Liz plays flute and piccolo professionally, holds a private pilot’s license, and is “Nana” to eleven grandchildren.

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Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by Jerry Smith, CG now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Jerry Smith, CG, "Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This session provides a brief overview of metes and bounds land descriptions seen in deeds, mortgages, patents, grants, and other land documents. The land descriptions are an essential part of land research. This presentation discusses metes and bounds land descriptions and how the metes and bounds can solve genealogical problems.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems by Jerry Smith, CG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems by Jerry Smith, CG

This session provides a brief overview of metes and bounds land descriptions seen in deeds, mortgages, patents, grants, and other land documents. The land descriptions are an essential part of land research. This presentation discusses metes and bounds land descriptions and how the metes and bounds can solve genealogical problems.

About the presenter

Gerald (Jerry) Smith, CG, researches in Pennsylvania families. He is the IGHR and SLIG course coordinator for the week-long land platting course. He is on faculty for IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP teaching topics in the military, maps, and land record institutes. He has published a number of books and articles, including abstracts of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Court of Quarter Sessions records. While he resided and researched for many years in Pennsylvania, he recently moved to Illinois to make sure his granddaughter grows up appreciating her family history.

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Introduction to County Research in England — free replay of today's webinar by Mia Bennett now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Mia Bennett, "Introduction to County Research in England"  is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Discover the building blocks for researching in the English counties. This talk provides an overview of the key facts you need to know to start researching your English ancestors. Unravel why counties have come and gone with changing boundaries and different types of administrative entities. By understanding which records are stored at national or county level and some of the laws that influenced their collation, you will then be able to effectively concentrate on looking at the specific counties your ancestors came from. Learn about the finding aids and helpful resources to ensure you are set up to take a journey through English research supported by our English Research Series.

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Register for Friday's Webinar — Introduction to County Research in England by Mia Bennett

Register for Friday's Webinar — Introduction to County Research in England by Mia Bennett

Discover the building blocks for researching in the English counties. This talk provides an overview of the key facts you need to know to start researching your English ancestors. Unravel why counties have come and gone with changing boundaries and different types of administrative entities. By understanding which records are stored at national or county level and some of the laws that influenced their collation, you will then be able to effectively concentrate on looking at the specific counties your ancestors came from. Learn about the finding aids and helpful resources to ensure you are set up to take a journey through English research supported by our English Research Series.

About the presenter

Mia Bennett is an English professional genealogist specialising in DNA and genealogical methodology and sources. She is an Associate of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and previous trustee of the Society of Genealogists. She is an alumna of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) & the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

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AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? Free replay of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee, "AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a cross-roads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.

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