Saturday Class: June 23

June 23, 9:30 a.m.
“There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA” 
Presenter: Natonne Kemp
Ms. Kemp and her co-author, Edna Gail Bush, have researched and self-published this book. They learned a great deal in these processes, and will focus their presentation about self-publishing your genealogy/family history book.
The book is summarized as follows. The URL on Amazon is here.
Through the stories of their ancestors Bush and Kemp take us on a compelling journey through African American history into the hearts of individual lives. In tracing their ancestral roots, these family historians discover their connections to some of the South’s most powerful men, both famous and forgotten. The community at the heart of this historical study is Edgefield, South Carolina, yet the stories in this book form a microcosm of events experienced by black communities throughout the South. An enslaved maternal line is traced to 1799; hopes are raised, then dashed, when a family of freedmen acquire land after the Civil War, only to later lose it; the “Dark Corner” of Edgefield is exposed. Shining a bright, sometimes uncomfortable light, deep truths are unearthed through DNA results and new family is found. Follow the authors through years of meticulous genealogical research, historical settings, and DNA testing as they reclaim their family stories and inspire others to embark on their own journeys of discovery. By leaving no stone unturned, these family historians show how they overcame the brick walls of slavery.
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WDC FHC Annual Conference

Thank you to all who participated in our annual conference held this past Saturday, May 5. About 300 people attended, and we have had many gracious comments and kind feedback reports.

We appreciate our speakers who volunteered their time to teach at this event:
Lorraine Minor
Ann Tanner
James Tanner
John McLuckie
Jim Bartlett
Andy Hochreiter

And… thanks to our conference keynote speaker, James Tanner, for sharing some thoughts on his blog:

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Update on Microfilm Collection

An inventory of the microfilm and microfiche at our WDCFHC has been completed. To access the updated list of our collection, please use these links to access the files, and then download them to your computer:
Microfilms & fiche sorted by location; click here.
Microfilms & fiche sorted by film number, click here.
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Weather Related Closings

Please note that during inclement weather, the FHC will be closed whenever Montgomery County Schools are closed. Emergency closings due to weather may occur sporadically.

During inclement weather, and on weekends when schools are closed, please call the FHC at 301-587-0042 to see if we are open before you venture out. Thank you for your understanding.

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