NGS 2023 Speaker Spotlight—Amy Larner Giroux

March 20th, 2023 by Teresa Kelley


Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG®, CGLSM, focuses on methodology, case studies, and military records. She is co-author of the Florida edition of the NGS Research in the States series and winner of the 2020 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing contest. She has also published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, The Genealogist (American Society of Genealogists), and Florida Studies.
Session Number: S311
Title: Within the Union Lines: Correlating Evidence to Locate Former Plantations
Giroux’s lecture is part of the BCG Skillbuilding track and describes the research methods involved in identifying the former plantations of a group of enslaved North Carolinians during the US Civil War. Simon Pew escaped from his plantation and crossed the Union lines, working for the Quartermaster’s Department for six months before returning to his plantation and leading his extended family and others to freedom. This case study follows Simon’s service and correlates evidence from pensions, estate records, and more to locate the Pitt County plantations.

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