Maiden Names and Dower Right: Documenting your Female Ancestors

Emily Sienkiewicz

In countries with English influence, marriage historically resulted in women giving up their maiden names and losing many of their legal rights. This program will introduce the concepts of couverture, dower right, and other legal principles that may influence records of your ancestors. It will also guide you through navigating those records to learn more about your female ancestors’ lives. For details see southwindsorlibrary.libcal.com/event/11596438

The Index of Suffragettes Arrested – Secrets of the National Archives

Emily Sienkiewicz

At the turn of the twentieth century, Votes for women was one of the biggest domestic political issues of the day. Suffrage supporters, frustrated with the lack of progress, turned to increasingly militant methods, from heckling politicians to arson attacks. The government was constantly struggling to keep up with their innovative, evolving campaigns. In response, the Home Office created an index of arrested Suffragettes to keep tabs on the activities of individuals, record aliases and link convictions. Through this single iconic document, it is possible to gain an insight into a vibrant national movement. It records the leaders of the movement, alongside the everyday foot soldiers who were the backbone of suffrage activism. The index …

Researching Your Female Ancestors

Emily Sienkiewicz

Researching your female ancestors can be a difficult task. The largely standard practice of changing their surnames after marriage can make women hard to track, and many historical records focus on men with women being listed only under their husbands’ names. This class will offer some guidance for researching female ancestors including information about sources that you may not have thought to check. Please note that registration is required for this event as it is taking place over Zoom. For details see bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/65b2f17d1b80e24800af3402

Finding Her: Our Female Ancestor

Emily Sienkiewicz

Though our female ancestor may be elusive, by understanding her role in other people’s lives and the community, we can find a variety of records documenting her life. Melissa Tennant Rzepczynski, with extensive experience in family history instruction and research methodologies, offers her knowledge and strong customer service skills to those interested in exploring their family roots. Founder of Branch Discoveries, LLC in 2022, she provides consultations, document retrievals, research services, and presentations. With over two decades in the genealogical field, Melissa’s expertise spans various areas, including Midwest and Southeast U.S. families, immigration, migration, property records, probate records, African American, and female ancestors. Melissa initiated her genealogical career at the Hillsborough County Public Library in …

RootsTech 2024

Emily Sienkiewicz

RootsTech is the premier event to celebrate your heritage and other meaningful connections through a deeper understanding of family history and genealogy.
Come join us and discover your story at RootsTech 2024! Visit permanent.org/rootstech for a special offer.

Caribbean Genealogy: How to Trace Your Free People of Color Ancestry

Emily Sienkiewicz

If you descend from Free People of Color in the British West Indies but are encountering challenges with researching your ancestors, tune in as Genealogist Phillip Nicholas identifies resources and strategies to use when tracing your free people of color ancestry in the British West Indies. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information, please contact 305-375-5572 or specialcollections@mdpls.org. Ages 13 yrs.+ For details see mdpls.org/event/9084090

Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research

Emily Sienkiewicz

Funeral programs are a unique artifact prevalent in African American communities. Produced at death, these programs record biographical details along with family names, dates, and locations. All the data that we family researchers love to have in our own collections. Join Genealogist Renata Y. Sander to learn more about identifying funeral program collections and how they might inform your own family history. About the presenter: Renate Yarborough Sanders is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, enslavers, and free people of color. She authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT” and “Genea-Related;” and produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database. Renate cohosts “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy,” and she has served as panelist and guest on …

Tracing the Path of African Americans from Enslavement to Freedom

Emily Sienkiewicz

Join Hillary Delaney who will share tips and tricks for finding evidence and breaking research barriers in African American genealogy and pre-Emancipation historical research. Specific examples will be used to illustrate how traditional genealogical methods, combined with a creative approach can help to solve the most difficult research puzzles. Hillary Delaney serves as the lead researcher for the African Americans in Boone County History initiative at the Borderlands Archive and History Center in Boone County, KY . She has documented hundreds of Underground Railroad incidents and genealogical data of thousands of individuals once enslaved in Boone County and across Kentucky. Projects developed from this work include: The Underground Railroad in Boone County bus tour (a …