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Genealogy group meets virtually on Saturday

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

In 2020, according to a release announcing this meeting, 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. He did not know that the house, called Sharswood, was a plantation and that his ancestors had been enslaved there.

The story of the Miller family’s discovery of their family connection to Shars-wood was featured on CBSs’ 60 Minutes, in the Washington Post, and by other national media outlets.

Luck-Brimmer’s talk will explore ways to reclaim heritage as she shares her journey of tracing th...

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