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A quarrel between brothers turns into tragedy. The murdered man’s young widow and children leave their rural home for city life, never returning. Former family connections are forgotten in time. This webinar illustrates the case of finding the birth family of a mid-nineteenth-century South Carolina widow who left her family’s homeplace. No record provides an exact birthplace or fully identifies her parents. Learn how widow Sophia’s forgotten identity was reconstructed by understanding the era’s social context, creating and testing hypotheses, and conducting whole family research.

Presenter: A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, coedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2019 to 2022. She served two terms as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former editor of its publication, OnBoard. Nancy has conducted research to solve complex identity and kinship problems for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on England, Germany, New York, and southeastern United States. She lectures at local and national conferences and is an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the BCG Education Fund on skill-building topics and genealogy standards. Her work has been published in NGSQ and other genealogical journals. She authored the “Research Reports” chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018).

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