African Amer­i­can ge­neal­ogy work­shop sched­uled in Feb. for Black His­tory month

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In honor of Black His­tory Month, Chief­tains Mu­seum/Ma­jor Ridge Home will co-spon­sor a work­shop to help you find your African Amer­i­can an­ces­tors at the Rome-Floyd County Li­brary from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2 in the Coosa Room.

Spon­sored in-part by both the Al­pha Kappa Al­pha Soror­ity, Inc. Theta Omi­cron Omega Chap­ter and the Rome-Floyd County Li­brary, the work­shop will fea­ture a pre­sen­ta­tion by Emma Davis Hamil­ton, a ge­neal­o­gist who spe­cial­izes in African Amer­i­can an­ces­try, par­tic­u­larly when search­ing for en­slaved rel­a­tives owned by Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

When learn­ing about his­tory, many re­searchers are sur­prised to dis­cover that many Na­tive Amer­i­cans were slave­hold­ers.

For the Chero­kee, the use of African slaves for large-scale la­bor emerged af­ter the United States be­came its own na­tion. In gen­eral, slave­hold­ing in the Chero­kee Na­tion was lim­ited to a wealthy mi­nor­ity of Chero­kees, in­clud­ing Ma­jor Ridge.

On the Chief­tains prop­erty, Ma­jor Ridge owned a 210-acre plan­ta­tion with be­tween 15 and 30 slaves tend­ing the fields and house. The prop­erty also in­cluded three slave cab­ins.

Find­ing en­slaved an­ces­tors is a chal­lenge for many African Amer­i­can re­searchers, a chal­lenge of­ten met by pro­fes­sional re­searchers like Emma Davis Hamil­ton. Ms. Hamil­ton is a na­tive of Florida with 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a ge­neal­ogy and his­tory re­searcher.

She is the past pres­i­dent and a char­ter mem­ber of the Afro-Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal and Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, Metro At­lanta Chap­ter and a board mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Friends of the Ge­or­gia Ar­chives.

Hamil­ton is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety; the South Carolina Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Florida Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Work­shop par­tic­i­pants will learn about Na­tive Amer­i­can slave­hold­ing from Chief­tains Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Heather Shores, re­ceive guid­ance, re­sources and ex­er­cises to un­lock their African Amer­i­can an­ces­try, and dis­cover the wide se­lec­tion of ge­nealog­i­cal re­sources avail­able to the pub­lic in the Her­itage Room of the Rome-Floyd County Li­brary.

The Fe­bru­ary 2 work­shop is free and open to the pub­lic, but reser­va­tions are re­quired.

To make your reser­va­tion or for more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the mu­seum at (706) 291-9494 or via email at chmu­[email protected]­south. net by Jan. 30.

/ Sean Wil­liams

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