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Breaking Brick Walls: African American Ancestry

Katy Eckstein

Katy Eckstein

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African American genealogy research can be a challenge, especially before 1870 and emancipation. Have you hit a brick wall? This month's Family History Hunters program on June 8th at 12:30pm in the Benham Gallery at Handley Library will feature a presentation from Brenda Burton Nelson, who has broken through barriers and uncovered her and her husband's genealogy. She will present a case study about how she was able to break down brick walls and find her husband’s ancestors. 

Since retiring as a teacher, Brenda has been researching her and her husband’s genealogy. The fruits of this research have been discovering wonderful people she is related to, whom she is so grateful to have gotten to know and love. Her research has become so important to her as she continues to learn, attend conferences, and master techniques unique to genealogy. She has shared what she has learned and researched by writing and publishing three articles for the Fairfax Genealogical Society Newsletter.

Brenda’s latest project has been researching the history of the Orrick Cemetery here in the City of Winchester.

  • Whether you're a veteran at genealogy research or just beginning your quest, come meet with us as she shares her knowledge.
  • Her presentation will be followed by a discussion of research tips and strategies and an opportunity for attendees to discuss their challenges and successes. 
Registration is required for this event. Learn more and register here!
Have questions? Email or call (540)662-9041 ext. 17