Ge­neal­o­gist to speak at li­brary

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

EAS­TON — The Up­per Shore Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety of Mary­land will present “Us­ing Church, Ceme­tery Records and Other Sources to Trace our Shared His­to­ries,” a talk by ge­neal­o­gist Eli­nor Thomp­son at the Eas­ton branch of the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day, May 7.

Thomp­son is a ge­neal­o­gist, his­to­rian and author who has been pre­serv­ing, ar­chiv­ing and doc­u­ment­ing both black and white his­tor­i­cal church and ceme­tery records for more than 30 years. She is a na­tive of the Eastern Shore of Mary­land and has traced her fam­ily to Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties, as well as trac­ing one an­ces­tral line to 1812 in Dorch­ester County.

Thomp­son will dis­cuss how to pre­serve his­tory through the use of church and ceme­tery records, the im­por­tance of trac­ing African-Amer­i­can his­tory and how to doc­u­ment shared his­to­ries.

The event is open to the public, and will fea­ture light re­fresh­ments, his­tor­i­cal ex­hibits and door prizes. Reser­va­tions are re­quired by May 4, and a do­na­tion of $10 is re­quested.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072 or email Nathalie Thomas at us­gsmd@ya­


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