Family History & Genealogy Research

The Origins of Mary Drummond of New Bedford --Finding Elusive Female Ancestors.

Sponsor:Rhode Island Historical Society Library
Date:Saturday 16 October 10:30 - noon
Location:Rhode Island Historical Society Library, 121 Hope Street, Providence, R.I. 02906
Cost: $8.00 for RIHS members; $10.00 for non-members.

Many people are frustrated when attempting to find their female ancestors. This fun and informative case illustrates tips for success and pitfalls to avoid in looking for the ancestors of a New England woman. The subject of this case was supposedly the oldest native Negro of New Bedford in 1928. This talk will inspire you to try new ways to find your female roots.

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Carol, I attended your class on the Case of Mary Drummond--Finding the Elusive Female Ancestor at the RIHS on October 16th. At the end of the class you asked everyone what they had learned from the class and I said, "not to discount the Census Records prior to 1850". I had thought that their information to be too minimal. Well, I just had to let you know I took your advice, and found the clues I needed in the 1840 census to solve a two-year old problem. Also, I used a more open mind after your class and looked again at another puzzle. I took the marriage record of a female at face value--she had the same last name as her husband. They turned out to be first cousins. You cannot imagine how excited I was to see the names of the parents written correctly finally. So, Carol, I want to say "thank you" for opening new avenues of research and to let you know how much it has meant to me.
Maureen V., Pawtucket, R. I.

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Every family is unique.
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  • Where did I come from?
  • Who are my kin?
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In so doing they will gain a deeper understanding of their family stories, connect with kin, and create a family treasure to share.