2023 Events

From Whence We Came Opens in new windowFrom Whence We Came: Finding Black Ancestors in the Historical Record

Wednesday, June 14th @ 7PM (Virtual via Zoom)

Historian and genealogist Kimberly F.B. Bucklaw will discuss how to overcome research hurdles in tracing your ancestors' stories.

African American Genealogy is particularly challenging for numerous reasons, and many believe that their ancestors' stories are entirely lost to time. However, this isn't necessarily the case if you know where to look. In this course, learn how to trace your ancestry and overcome the unique hurdles that Black history presents. We will cover several major records dating back to the 18th century, along with case studies to illustrate and inspire.

Property Research Talk Opens in new windowChester County Property Research

Thursday, August 17th @ 12PM (Hybrid Option)

Researching the history of your property can be a rewarding experience. Getting started, however, can seem overwhelming. It requires an understanding of the basic methods of historical research. Knowing where resources can be found and how to interpret them is a fundamental part of the process. Join Chester County, PA archivists for a presentation about how to begin your research and where to locate relevant records.

Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black SheepRogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions Opens in new window

Thursday, October 12th @ 7PM (Virtual via Zoom)

Genealogist Judy G. Russell will share tips and tricks for uncovering the ne'er-do-wells in your family tree!

Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has – and it’s fun! Learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet.