Refugees are White, Freedmen are Black: Gems from the Freedmen’s Bureau – Shelley Viola Murphy

SESSION: NGS2104-REC-04 TRACK: Records

Shelley Viola Murphy, DM

Shelley Viola Murphy, DM

Researchers know this collection exists but typically it is not used as much as it should be. The Freedmen’s Bureau covers the span right after the Civil War – 1865 through 1872. It existed to help newly freed African Americans, Whites, and Soldiers with rations, transportation, labor contracts and much more. This session will highlight the benefits of the Freedmen’s Bureau Collection by viewing some of its most interesting documents to enhance your research. Not only should African Americans use these records, but Whites may find their White Southerner ancestors as well.

BIO: Shelley Viola Murphy, aka “familytreegirl” is a native of MI residing in VA researching her African-American & European lines. Murphy presents at local and national conferences presenting problem-solving methodology lectures using her “So What” principles. Shelley’s blog is & tagline is “Know your roots, they are long and strong.”


The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


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