Genealogy society to trace ancestors’ footprints Sept. 9

The Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) will meet virtually at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9. The meeting will feature a talk, “Tracing Our Ancestors’ Footprints,” by historian and genealogist Karice Luck-Brimmer.

In 2020, Army veteran Fred Miller purchased an 1850s-era Gothic Revival-style house near his childhood home in Pittsylvania County. Miller’s goal was to have a large space to host gatherings for his extended family; he did not expect to discover hidden facts about his family’s past, reported MPAAGHS president Bessida White. Little did he know that the house, called Sharswood, was a plantation and that his ancestors had been enslaved there.

The Miller family’s discovery of their family connection to Sharswood is a riveting story that was featured on CBS’ 60-Minutes, in the Washington Post and….

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