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Which John Goleman Was Jacob’s Father? Solving a Southern Case of Identity and Kinship – October 17, 2024

Webinar Abstract: Genealogists often encounter multiple, same-named persons living in an area at the same time. Sorting out these identities to resolve difficult kinship problems requires skill in evidence analysis and correlation techniques. Learn how a similar problem in antebellum South Carolina was solved using six key strategies. A case study illustrates how Jacob’s father was identified from among several same-named paternal candidates born in the 1790s. The research was complicated by conflicting information about Jacob’s birth, name variants, surname shifts, political boundary changes, and lack of vital records for the time. Reaching a sound conclusion required application of genealogical standards.

Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGL(SM) is a professional genealogist and former coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (2019–22). Board-certified since 2011, she served as a trustee and officer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and edited its newsletter. She conducts in-depth genealogical research to solve complex problems of identity and kinship. Her research focuses on the southeastern United States, New York, England, and Germany. Nancy lectures at national and local conferences and has instructed on skill-building topics and genealogy standards at BCG Education Fund workshops, SLIG, and GRIP. Her articles have appeared in the NGS Quarterly and other genealogical journals. Nancy holds postgraduate degrees from University of Arizona and London School of Economics in London, England.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PjkjXmthSvKNmKUe6Qni4A

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