Family History & Genealogy Research

The Origins of Mary Drummond- Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, MA

marydCarol McCoy and Marlene Drummond Silva, great-granddaughter of Mary Drummond

Sponsor:Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
Date:October 2, 2010 1p.m. to 2 p.m.
(Come early at 12:30 for refreshments; stay after for the chapter business meeting)
Location:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Cost: Free

This enlightening case illustrates how a creative approach and extensive search can uncover the parentage of a person of color born early in the 19th century. Learn how to use vital records, censuses, deeds, directories, newspapers, probate and cemetery records, and online resources to discover evidence to un-puzszle a genealogical mystery.

"Wow! You certainly did well on your presentaion. And what a lot of research you did and what great lessons for us all. I never would have thought about different marriage certificates and the info that was sent to the state. We can always learn something new. I am always amazed at how much time and research you put in to all your studies. I hope you do get this published as it is a very interesting case. Congratulations once again for great work."

Jerry & Janice Gower

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