VGA Conference “Scandalous Ancestors: Tracking Colorful Family Members” by Jessica Trotter

Webinar: Scandalous Ancestors: Tracking Colorful Family Members
Speaker: Jessica Trotter
When: November 5th, 2023 at 6:00pm Eastern

Program Description:
This session provides ideas for tracing “scandalous” ancestors including international examples and a case study featuring an unreliable ancestor with a research story that began in 1860s Detroit and ends in Logan County, Illinois. The idea of what is “scandalous” varies between families, communities, and cultures and while this presentation really looks at the research process, there is also some discussion on how we as genealogists handle potentially upsetting finds.

Speaker Bio:
Jessica Trotter (she/her/hers) is an archivist by education—but works in public libraries by day. She has presented regionally for the past eight years including annually for the Archives of Michigan Barbara J. Brown / Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, for the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library, at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference and Fall Retreat in 2022, and at the NGS Conference in 2018 as well as part of their Virtual On Demand Lectures in 2020. Her genealogy research areas include Midwest, African American, British Isles, Canadian, and Early American research. She also maintains a genealogy research related blog called Genie Road Trip at

VGA Members can register for this webinar via the Zoom link in the Upcoming Webinars area of the Members Center. Please contact if you have any questions.

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