Local Residents Seek Ancestors

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

October 22, 2005

Knowing your past helps you to know your future. That was on the minds of many attending a lecture on genealogy this afternoon.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teamed up with the Freedmen's Bureau, to enlighten those in the African-American community on genealogy, dating back to the civil war.

The lecture, "Whispers from the Dust," highlighted the records of slaves following the war.

"It's all geared as a mission for us to help people understand the important of family history and seeking out their ancestors," said Dr. Durrell Walden, of the Freedmen's Bureau.

The organization usually holds this in other parts of the country in February for Black History Month, but took the opportunity to bring it to Charlottesville for the first time on Saturday.

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