Tracing African American lineage in the United States can be very difficult, especially if one’s ancestors were slaves. While records were kept listing slaves as property, often times they did not include the name of the slave and if they did, it was only a first name. Please join us as Muriel “Dee Dee” Roberts and Barbara Riley Polk discuss how a 1938 Works Progress Administration slave narrative helped answer their family questions and expanded their research. They will also touch on how DNA testing was able to confirm their findings.
Dee Dee is currently serving her 4th year as Secretary and 9th year as Membership Chairperson for the New Jersey Chapter of the Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the Hudson County Genealogical Society and a charter member of SDUSMP, Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.
Barbara Riley was a professional librarian for over 40 years and is an amateur historian and a collector of books of the African American experience. She also volunteers in the Local History Department at the Plainfield Public Library.