Join us for a free day of research and learn about African American family history. NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert will help you learn how to trace African American ancestors, author and historian Alex R. Goldfeld will present stories of Boston’s earliest African American community, and former Executive Director of the Springfield Museums and author Joseph Carvalho III will share his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. All participants will receive free access to the NEHGS research library for the day, with time to research on your own.
Free; registration required. Call 617-226-1226 to register.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Researching African Americans in Pre-Civil War New England
Expert genealogist David Allen Lambert will discuss the primary and secondary sources available at NEHGS for researching African Americans in early New England. Discuss how to best utilize materials such as vital records, probates, deeds, and newspapers to further expand your knowledge of African American ancestry. A wide range of sources from family manuscripts to internet resources will give you the clues to further your research and trace your family tree.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: In Slavery and Freedom: Boston's Black Community since 1638
Historian and author Alex R. Goldfeld will give an illustrated presentation of Boston’s earliest African-American community, which was located in the North End prior to the Revolution. He will utilize his own research and reveal surprising facts drawn from his book, The North End: A Brief History of Boston's Oldest Neighborhood. Prior to American independence, people of color in Boston bought land, established a church, and assisted individuals in their fights for freedom, despite slavery and other harsh conditions. Learn more about African Americans in Boston and their place in American history.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Lecture, book signing, and reception: Black Families in Hampden County
Join author Joseph Carvalho III, as he shares his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The book presents genealogical, biographical, and historical information about African American individuals and families who lived in the area now known as Hampden County in western Massachusetts. For this event Carvalho will discuss the genesis of the book project and the development of the African American community in western Massachusetts from its earliest colonial origins to the end of the Civil War. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception.