Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On the Lecture Circuit: Genealogy

Two interesting genealogy events are on the horizon, but they're on the same day so you'll have to choose.

On Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society will welcome author Pearl Duncan to discuss how she traced her lineage to the Akan people of Ghana, in West Africa, and to Scottish-American nobles, related to British royals. She was able to find mixed-ancestry birth records as far back as 1726! The program is part of the historical society's Crossing Borders: Bridging Generations, a series of public conversations about mixed-heritage families, race, ethnicity, culture and identity, infused with historical perspective. It is free with the price of museum admission.

On the same day and at the same time, the Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza will host Charlie Fourquet of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York, who will give a free illustrated talk on how to explore your Hispanic roots by using the Brooklyn Collection's resources. The event is free and open to the public.

1 comment:

PearlDuncan said...

I blog about New York City’s history on NearSay, including lots of articles about the various neighborhoods, people and artifacts in colonial days. One of the most interesting articles is about the 1770 Ratzer Map, discovered in the archives of the Brooklyn Historical Society. I write about the Map and the interesting colonial players and places.

This week, when a colonial farm was discovered under the streets on Wall Street in the Financial District in Manhattan, I commented on the New York Times article, and a few readers commented on my comment. The city’s colonial history is fascinating. So are the ancestors.