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Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands:Finding people before 1870 by Dr. Shelley  Murphy
Wednesday, February 22
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands:Finding people before 1870 by Dr. Shelley Murphy  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This session will introduce the Bureau and expose you to the individuals and groups they served. A federal records collection opened after the civil war and operated between 1865-1872.  They built hospitals, schools, negotiated labor contract for former enslaved individuals, legalized marriages, assisted the USCT’s and fed millions of people.  It is a myth buster for some researching African Americans prior to 1870. 
An avid genealogist for over 30 years, Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy, aka "familytreegirl," was born and raised in Michigan, now living in central Virginia. She conducts genealogy workshops at local, state and national conferences. Murphy is known for her inspiring & interactive "SO WHAT" with genealogical research, along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures such as the use of Timelines. 
Murphy serves on the Boards of the Library of Virginia and the Albemarle Charlottesville and Fluvanna County Historical Societies. 
She is a Coordinator and Instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) and develops staff and public genealogy educational programs for the Center for Family History at the International African American Museum (IAAM). She holds membership in AAHGS APG, NGS, DAR, and local genealogy groups. 
Currently working for the University of Virginia as the Descendant Project Researcher-seeking descendants of the enslaved laborers who helped build the university. she has been an Adjunct Professor at Averett University since 2009. Dr. Murphy’s personal research focuses on Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia/West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

Wednesday, March 22
TBA  (Monthly Educational Meetings)

Using Maryland Land Record Indexes by Margo Lee Williams
Wednesday, April 26
Using Maryland Land Record Indexes by Margo Lee Williams  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This will be a discussion of how to use the MDLandRecs website to research deeds and plats, as well as property tax records to find more contemporary information. 
Margo Lee Williams is currently the Deputy Registrar for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP). She is an award-winning author and genealogist-family historian, who has published three books on her southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina community. She is a former researcher on the “Black Families of Sandy Spring” project with the Sandy Spring Museum; and she is also a former editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. She is a graduate of Marquette University and has her M. A. degree in Sociology from Hunter College and an M. A. in Religious Education from The Catholic University of America. She currently lives in Maryland. In addition to her blog, “Personal Prologue” (, she is on Facebook, @personalprologue, Instagram @personal_prologue, Twitter @MargoLW1228, and Linked-In @Margo L. Williams.