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Virtual African American Family History Day

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October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Find your roots with help from genealogists who specialize in researching African American family histories. Join the Poplar Forest African American Advisory Group online for an interactive experience designed to help you navigate historical records in search of your African American family tree. Hear stories about exploring ancestry and learn about research methods, tools, ideas and strategies for tracing your ancestors. Admission to the digital event is free, but registration is required to receive the link to the livestream.


Join Aurelia Crawford and Brandon Dillard as they share the stories of Monticello’s oral history project documenting the descendants of those enslaved by Thomas Jefferson. Aurelia and Brandon will talk about the historic subjects they study, the importance of ongoing research, and the ways in which this history and its study changes over time.

Then, Renate Yarborough Sanders will present, “The Case for DNA: Why Should I Test?” Are you on the fence about DNA testing? Do you wonder if the results are “real” or if they can truly help you to further your genealogy research? Learn about the different types of DNA testing and how each can help to inform genealogical research. Examples of real-life DNA success stories will also be shared.


October 17, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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