NGS 2023 Speaker Spotlight—Melanie McComb

April 3rd, 2023 by Teresa Kelley


Melanie McComb is a genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) of Boston, Massachusetts since 2018. Melanie is one of two lead genealogists who offer consultations to members and non-members of NEHGS on history and genealogy. Melanie is an internationally recognized lecturer in the field of history and genealogy including Colonial through twentieth-century American military research, genetic genealogy, Atlantic Canadian, African American, Jewish, and Irish genealogical studies. She holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Melanie is a frequent lecturer at RootsTech Genealogical Conference held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as various online and in-person genealogical and historical conferences conducted with NEHGS. She has published articles in American Ancestors Magazine, Fifty Plus Advocate, and numerous online social media platforms. She enjoys assisting younger genealogists and students of history to get involved at the New England Historic Genealogical Society with educational programs from local schools, scout groups, and universities.

Session Number: F202
Title: Researching Enslaved Persons in Virginia Records
This lecture will help you go beyond the 1870 census and discover how to find an enslaved person in Virginia record sets including probate records, bill of sales, slave registers, and more. Online databases and key repositories will be highlighted. This class is open to genealogists of all levels.
This lecture is sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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