Harlem conference teaches families skills to track ancestry
BY NY1 NEWS
In Manhattan, some residents are learning how to obtain information about their own personal family history.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, together with the [Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the] Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society hosted its 15th annual Harlem genealogical conference Saturday. The free event highlighted tools on researching ancestors that were enslaved in the U.S. It also gave locals a chance to ask questions they had while conducting their family tree research.
One attendee, Ayana Mckanney said “my mother and I are looking into our family history after doing an anecstry.com DNA test. We’ve realized quite a few surprising facts and we’re really looking to get some answers on our history.”
To join the society and learn more about your family history visit AAHGS-NewYork.org.
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In 1813, Flatbush Town, a small farming community, was the leading center for slave holding in Kings County. Seventy-three percent of its households owned at least one slave and over sixty percent owned five or more slaves. The average per household was 5.7 slaves.
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Men collected timber, cultivated and harvested crops, tended animals, hunted, and mended tools. Women were responsible for the domestic work, including cooking, sewing, washing, ironing, soap and candle making, egg gathering, and taking care of poultry. Slaves, both male and female, were also responsible for tending the fireplace, cleaning the chimney, and slaughtering animals.
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