Free webinars to cover slave narratives, Chicago research

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Chicago research, British Isles migration and slave narratives.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Researching Pre-Fire Chicago” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a turning point in Chicago’s history. The rebuilding of the city enhanced Chicago’s (and thus Illinois’s) position on the world stage. For genealogists, the fire presents a challenge as many important records were lost – including vital records. But it didn’t all burn! Maps, diaries, church records, directories, newspapers, and other records survived.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Examining Migration and Researching Migrants in the British Isles” on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. This webinar will examine the reasons for migration and focus on the individual migration groups coming to the British Isles. The United Kingdom is in an interesting position in that it sits within Europe and yet also has been a focal point of Empire, some of which influenced migrants.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families” on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. The WPA Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the late 1930’s provides us with more than 2,300 first person accounts of former slaves. The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context, and clues for family research.

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