In this presentation Pam Smith of Chicago will discuss her African-American family research with a focus on Kentucky, including her mixed-race ancestor, Mary McCrosky, who graduated from Nazareth in 1865.

Pam begins her talk with a discussion about how she got started in genealogy with the help of her grandmother and then moves to the discovery she made 20 years ago of Professor Ann Neel, a white descendant of the family that owned her 2nd great grandfather, Baltimore Robinson, during slavery. From there she will talk about her Kentucky family line that connects with Thomas Jefferson’s sister, Lucy Jefferson Lewis, of Livingston County, Kentucky. Along the way Pam will share stories about finding other white Kentucky descendants of the people who enslaved her ancestors that she has connected with and what those initial encounters were like.

Finally, she will help people get started with their own family history search by explaining oral histories, census and probate records, research trips, and DNA testing. The event, sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council, will conclude with a question and answer period.

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