Researching African Americans in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Duration: 
1 hour 2 minutes
Location: 
Ulster County

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Using the example of her research of an extended African-American family who lived in the mid-Hudson Valley, Joan will discuss various techniques and sources that can be used to research New Yorkers who weren’t the head of household (so not in the census until 1850), probably didn’t own land, and rarely had a gravestone.

Using lesser known sources, she accumulated details about the daily lives of several generations of local African Americans and ultimately traced this family to ancestors who came from Africa.

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About the Presenter

Joan de Vries Kelley is a researcher, author, and lecturer. She has published articles in The NYG&B Record and NEHGS American Ancestors. She is the Historian of the Town of Lloyd and specializes in Hudson Valley research.