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FRUIT OF THE EARTH: Using Deed Records to Uncover Your Ancestors with Robyn Smith

Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum

Deed records are one of the best collections for researching family history, but their legal language can intimidate even seasoned researchers. In this session, genealogist Robyn Smith describes how deed records can identify multiple generations of a family and reveal the social history of a community. This program will also include a discussion with Ebonie Alexander, Director of the Black Family Land Trust. Robyn has been researching her family and others for over 25 years. An engineer by day, Robyn specializes in Maryland, court records, and slavery research and has lectured widely at regional and national conferences. She writes extensively and for more than 10 years has authored a popular genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin.


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