On March 9, graduate student Chris Byrd, along with Graduate Program Diirector Dr. Judith Giesberg, led a workshop at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania about their project “Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery. More than 100 people attended the workshop, which explored the digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.
This digital resource offers researchers a new tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War. It allows easy access to digitized “Information Wanted” advertisements placed in newspapers by former slaves and United States Colored Troops searching for family members lost by sale, flight, or enlistment.
The Graduate Program in History is partnering with Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia on the project.