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Lisa Crawley and Hannah Scruggs of the National Museum of African American History Explore Your Family History Center present “Records of Intrigue.” Using a case of “reverse genealogy,” the story of an enslaved woman will be explored from a record randomly found in the Freedman’s Bank collection. Born around the turn of the 19th century, this story traces a spinner and weaver from the Upper South who loses children during slavery and the Civil War, and survives to see Emancipation and secure an account with the Freedman’s Bank. 

Are you ready to dive deeper into your family history? Well, we invite you to join us for our summer genealogy workshops! The Summer Sankofa Series from William & Mary’s Lemon Project Genealogy Initiative is an opportunity for family historians to collaborate and learn more about genealogy research. This initiative provides family history research workshops and consultations to our descendant community in Williamsburg and the Greater Tidewater area. These continuing education workshops are free to the public and held virtually due to COVID-19 health restrictions.  

Register for this program here.