Marguerite Kearns June 21, 2019

Watch the VideoDO YOU KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY?

Descendants are making news these days. A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate have launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who ran the college in 1838. They are collaborating to digitize the information and make it available to the public and those researching family histories. The GU272 Memory Project coincides not only with Juneteenth — the annual observance of the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in America — but also with the anniversary of the 1838 sale of 272 of the more than 300 slaves the Washington, D.C., college sold over a five-year period.

American Ancestors, also known as the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has published genealogical information on its website, as well as featuring descendants. In addition to documents, photographs and the indexed genealogies of thousands of descendants, the project includes recorded interviews with dozens of living descendants.

A WOMEN’S TRAIL IS UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR 2020

Santa, bring us a women’s trail! on Vimeo.

THE BACKGROUND OF THE VOTES FOR WOMEN TRAIL FOR 2020

We have been asking Santa for a women’s trail during the holidays for years. And now it’s happening thanks to a collaboration between the Pomeroy Foundation and the Votes for Women Trail, a subset of a volunteer network that has been underway for years.

Now in preparation for 2020, the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, historic markers are going up all over the nation due to an extraordinary effort by National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. The Pomeroy Foundation is funding historic markers in states across the nation.

Disclosure: I’m the Votes for Women Trail coordinator for New Mexico, and the League of Women Votes in NM is doing an incredible job researching and making nominations. Stay tuned!

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