We were fortunate to have Sharon Leslie Morgan, founder of Our Black Ancestry, join us for a lively and informative workshop titled Linked Descendants: African American Genealogy Prior to 1870. The workshop, part of the Lunchtime Lectures from the Cambridge Room, was recorded on April 8, 2021.
The following is a description of the workshop and a short bio of Sharon Leslie Morgan:
Linked Descendants: African American Genealogy Prior to 1870
Join us for a workshop with Sharon Leslie Morgan, renowned genealogist and founder of Our Black Ancestry, as we delve into African American ancestry before abolition. Researching African American families prior to the 1870 Census is a challenge that may be overcome by finding linked descendants – or the white families who enslaved most of the Black population. Learn new research techniques and use genealogy as a tool for confronting slavery and heal.
Sharon Leslie Morgan is a writer and genealogist. She is the founder of Our Black Ancestry, an online community dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting healing of wounds that are the legacy of slavery.
Morgan is the co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade. She is also a contributor to Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation, and The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation. In 2019, Morgan received the prestigious James Dent Walker Award from the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.
A staunch advocate of racial justice, Morgan has taken STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) training at Eastern Mennonite University and is actively involved with Coming to the Table, an organization that promotes linkages between descendants of people who were enslaved and descendants of the families that enslaved them for the purpose of healing from the trauma of slavery.