Register for Webinar Wednesday: Exploring the Records in a Slave Owning Community by Bernice Bennett

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This session will focus on the thousands of transactions occurring in Edgefield, South Carolina in a County that did not burn, therefore, these records revealed the value placed on a slave in this community. “In the antebellum South, a prime male hand was the overriding measure for determining prices for enslaved workers. Hearty, prime women who were good breeders also had a high market value. Other factors that contributed to the sale price of a slave were gender, age, and skill.”


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About the presenter

BerniceBennett-2021-144x144Bernice Alexander Bennett is an award-winning author, genealogist, nationally recognized guest speaker, storyteller, and producer-host of the popular Research at the National Archives and Beyond BlogTalkRadio program. She is also the first recipient of the Ida B. Wells Service Award given by the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage for her dedication to broadcast stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent. She also received the Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Genealogy Award in 2019 for original research in support of African American Genealogy. Bennett is on the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society.

Bennett–a New Orleans native and current resident in Maryland–enjoyed a 35-year career in domestic and international public health. She received an undergraduate degree from Grambling State University and a graduate degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Her genealogical research centers on Southeast Louisiana, and also Edgefield and Greenwood Counties, South Carolina. Her South Carolina journey is chronicled in Our Ancestors, Our Stories, which won the 2018 International AAHGS Book award for Non-Fiction Short Stories. Her second book Tracing Their Steps – A Memoir received the Phillis Wheatley Literary Award from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage in 2019 and the International AAHGS Book Award in 2020 for Non-Fiction Short Story.

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Shackles, shekels and shrapnel: the exodus to the Southern seas - free replay of today's webinar by Michelle Patient now available for limited time


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Changes in Britain post the 1776 War of Independence, along with Capt James Cook’s mapping of New Zealand (1769) and New South Wales (1770), led to convicts and marines being sent to Botany Bay in 1787. So began British migration to the Southern Seas. Factors driving various waves of migration (economic, political, family ties, adventure) will be discussed, along with the effects the British Diasporas had on the Aboriginal and Māori Communities and their environment. Tips on tracing those missing down-under branches of your tree will also be covered.

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Webtember 2022: All Genealogy. All September Long. Sign up today (free).


Take your genealogy skills to the next level with this FREE online genealogy conference, held each Friday in September: 31 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. Join live for all five Fridays or just one, and if you can't, we've got you covered! Enjoy the recordings at your convenience — they'll be free to view through the end of the month.

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The Schedule

Friday, September 2, 2022

10:15 am

10 Best Self-Publishing Tips for Family Historians

Lisa Alzo


Changing Places, Changing Borders: Overcoming geographic challenges

Dave Obee


Tracing migrating ancestors: Who, what, where, when, why and how

Myko Clelland


Descendants of the Enslaved and Enslavers – Working Together to Discover Family

Sharon Batiste Gillins and Cheri Hudson Passey


What You Can Learn from Lineage Societies…Without Being a Member!

Elizabeth M. O’Neal


Italian Civil Marriage Supplements

Suzanne Russo Adams, AG

Friday, September 9, 2022

10:15 am

Delivering the Mail: Records of the United States Post Office

Michael L. Strauss, AG


What’s Next When You Are Told Those Records Were “Burnt Up”?

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA


An introduction to Filae: the largest source of French archives

Emmanuel Condamine


Understanding and Using Scottish Kirk Session Records

Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv


Settlers in California’s Sacramento Delta – History and Resources

Grant Din


Entering the Old Northwest Territory

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

Friday, September 16, 2022

10:15 am

Germany to Pennsylvania: 18th Century Odyssey

James M. Beidler


Using Google Books to Find the Law

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL


The Pros and Cons of Collaboration on

E. Randol Schoenberg


Essential Immigration Records for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS


Famine and Family History

Wayne Shepheard


Can Americans get a legal Coat of Arms from Scotland?

Dr. Bruce Durie

Friday, September 23, 2022

10:15 am

Strategies to Jumpstart Your Research

Teri E. Flack


A Deep Dive into the Map Collection of the Library of Congress

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA


Documenting Cemeteries with BillionGraves

Cathy Wallace


Mastering Digital Filing for Genealogists

Cyndi Ingle


Swedish-American Church Books – Great Genealogical Source!

Kathy Meade


Documenting Jewish Families in America: The Early Years 1654-1880

Ellen S. Kowitt


Fruit of the Earth: Using Deeds to Uncover Your Ancestors

Robyn Smith

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:15 am

The Top Ten DNA Do’s and Don’ts!

Michelle Leonard


Separate Even in Death – Black Funerals and Cemeteries

Janice Lovelace, PhD


Indirect Evidence, A Case Study: The Parents of Elizabeth Wingate in Maryland (1795–1860)

Rebecca Koford, CG, CGL


50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out!

Diane L. Richard


Four Keys to Creating Complete and Accurate Transcriptions (and Why You Should)

Shannon Green, CG


The Tennessee State Library and Archives: A Mega Archives for Your Tennessee Ancestors

Melissa Barker

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