Genealogy Workshop Explores Slave and Slaveholder Records

The Leavenworth Public Library is hosting a genealogy workshop, “Where are the Slave Records?” on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Jahn Room at the Library, 417 Spruce Street. The workshop is for those interested in researching their slave or emancipated ancestors. Kathleen Brandt from a3Genealogy in Kansas City, Mo. will present the 10 most useful resources to find slave ancestors’ records.   

Brandt is a Professional International Genealogist and Consultant and celebrated Keynote Speaker. She most recently appeared on the TLC pilot: I Should Have Known. Her work can be seen on Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC/TLC): appearance on Tim McGraw and researched Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, Chris O’Donnell; Cynthia Nixon and Gennifer Goodwin episodes. Other work includes research for PBS: Finding Your Roots; guest interviewer for CCTV Biz Asia; private investigator for Dead Files, Travel Channel; and freelance writer for AARP and Jet Magazine. She is the author of Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO. 1865-1870, published April 2014.

The Library’s Kansas Room contains historical information to help genealogists in their research. Since Kansas was a “free” state, the records needed to trace slave ancestors is not easily found here. Brandt will share information on where to search for these records. She will also answer questions if you are unsure of when or where your slave ancestors were freed.  

For more information on the workshop, contact Cindy McGuire, Programming/Marketing Coordinator at 913-682-5666 ext. 5100 or cmcguire@lvplks.org. For information on records available in the Kansas Room, contact Zach Baker, Kansas Room Librarian, 913-682-5666 ext. 2200 or KansasRm@lvplks.org.