On This Day (September 27, 1861)

From the Mass Moments website:

On this day in 1867, a Worcester newspaper announced that “in accordance with the desire of a number of citizens,” a freedmens’ office would be established to make it easy for white employers to hire African Americans, newly arrived from the South. As a result of contact with soldiers and teachers from Worcester County, escaping and later emancipated slaves gravitated to central Massachusetts. The city’s black population doubled in the 1860s, and the Civil War-era migration continued into the late nineteenth century. With help from the northerners who had befriended them, the local African American community, and the area’s abolitionists, the refugees began to build families and institutions. The cultural traditions these southern migrants brought with them made Worcester’s small black community a vibrant one.

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AAHGS National Conference Registration Now Online

The AAHGS website has information on the 35th national genealogy conference that will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The announcement and theme are below.  Click the link to be brought to the registration page.

October 9-12, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

Weaving Our Past, Present and Future: Slavery, Abolition, Freedom and All That Jazz 

For more information, click here.