Co-presenter Bios for March 2019 Featured Presentation: “Strategizing Paths Around Brick Walls”

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BARBARA JEAN MATHEWS, Co-Presenter for Saturday March 16, 2019 Barbara Jean Mathews is a Board-certified professional genealogist who specializes in the families of colonial Connecticut and Massachusetts. She was elected as a Fellow in the honorary American Society of Genealogists (ASG) in 2014. Currently she serves as the ASG's Representative to the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), as President of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, as Massachusetts State Liaison to RPAC, and as a contributor MGC's Sentinel blog. Among Barbara's publications are The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Philo Hodge (1756-1842) of Roxbury, Connecticut, and Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut through Hezekiah[5] and Daniel[5] Wells of Stratford, Connecticut. Barbara also edited The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of…
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Chronology of 1st Documented Africans in North America

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AAHGS is commemorating the arrival of the first Africans to arrive in British North America in August of 1619 by sharing information about these 20 + Africans who were brought to Point Comfort (present day Hampton), Virginia.  Historians have done a tremendous amount of research in an effort to correct some of the misinformation that has been previously published. To give you a bit of background, here is a chronology that may be of interest to you.  It was prepared by AAHGS National Vice President-History Ric Murphy and members Dr. Marian Lane and Dr. Evelyn McDowell. CHRONOLOGY 1st Documented Africans
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