Matheson History Museum presents “Tracing your Ancestors” with Tatanya Peterson and Karen Kirkman on Nov. 11

Press release from Matheson History Museum

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Genealogist Tatanya Peterson will share how she traced her family line back to Hampton and Grace Hathcock, her 4X great grandparents, who were enslaved on the plantation of James Chesnut, near Alachua, Florida. Learn about the discoveries she made and the steps she took in her research.

Karen Kirkman, a volunteer transcriber, will discuss how to access and query the online Alachua County Ancient Records, and what might be discovered there.

This event will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, and is free with registration.

Free Registration – https://mathesonmuseum.networkforgood.com/events/60576-tracing- your-ancestors

Zoom Registration –https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9_sKb4SmSNuI7unGFvBUWQ

Tatanya Peterson, descendant and genealogist, is semi-retired from UF Health at Shands Hospital.

Karen Kirkman, President & Historian of the Historic Haile Homestead Inc., has spent close to 20 years researching the enslaved people on the Haile and Chesnut plantations in Alachua County. She is also a member of the Alachua County Historical Commission.

This event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, FL and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.