This year, the Old South Ball will be held at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. It is sponsored by, yours truly, the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

             Tickets are $35 a person and you can send an email to aejtickets@centurylink.net or you can send the chapter an email at aejohnsudc@gmail.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

We hope to see you there! Come join in on the fun!

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Old South Ball in the Danville Museum

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Just in case you missed it…

Our March meeting...

How I Found My Slave Ancestors and more.

 Danielle Pritchett starting her presentation on finding her family through Genealogical research.

             On March 4th, we met in the auditorium of the museum for our first meeting of the new year. The first order of business was to welcome the newest member of the Chapter, Christina Gibson. Welcome Christina!

             Before taking her seat, Vernell advised everyone that the Old South Ball will be held April 8th. Tickets are $35 and to come to her to purchase. Please see details above.

Ms. Pritchett explaining the difficulties of descendants of slaves to find their ancestors in the census

             Finally, we had our main presentation of the day. Dianne Barber introduced Ms. Danielle Pritchett. Her discussion was about Genealogy. More specifically, finding her slave ancestors.

             She is one of many people that discovered how exhilarating it is to look up your family history. When she started her family project, she didn’t have a clue how to start. She discovered the best place to start is with herself.

Vernell Gwynn welcoming Christina Gibson into the Chapter.

             Next, we heard from VP Courtney Bailey on our Chapter pin. She advised that our pin design was approved and we will try to get 25 orders to keep the cost down. She advised to contact her for your orders. Design is pictured to the right.

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             After going to school and graduating, she eventually became a Genealogy Specialist at the Danville Public Library. In her studies, she discovered a wonderful tool, the Census records. After following the Census records, she came to a dead end in 1860. At that time in her family’s life, they were slaves. During that time in American history, those of African decent were considered property.

             After more research, she discovered something else… the slave schedule. This only gave her clues and not answers. She finally used her detective skills to reach out to a descendant of one of the slave owners. This is when she finally hit the jackpot. The records that the owner had filled in the missing spots in her family tree plus gave her more information then she expected. She advised us that if you are researching African American history, follow the owner. They have the records you are looking for.