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Stroll Through Ledgers and Explore Ancestors’ Everyday Lives

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Business/organization ledgers document everyday business transactions that involved our families and can uncover information about their life as well as genealogical clues.  We’ll discuss many different kinds of ledgers as kept by these businesses, what we can learn from these ledgers, and how we can locate them. Besides placing individuals and families in space and time, relationship information is sometimes noted — family, an employer/employee, enslaver/enslaved – as well as life events, FPOC, enslaved, and so much more! Some ledger types we’ll explore are the following:  Physician, General Store, Distillery, Lawyer, Livery, Blacksmith, Cotton/Tobacco Pickers, Midwife, Mill Operator (Textile, Lumber, Saw, Grist, etc), Pharmacy, Port-related, rural Post Office, Farm, Renters, Sanitorium, Tolls/Bridge/Ferry, Undertaker, etc., from the 18th to 20th-centuries. Don’t assume that your ancestors will not be listed!


April 17
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT


Diane L. Richard


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