The 1870 census no longer needs to be a brick wall for African American genealogy. See how one rural Virginia county has used Ancestry.com and overlooked resources to discover ancestors who lived here before Emancipation and tell their stories. Whether you have ancestors in Washington County, want to learn new research methods, want to replicate this in your own county, or simply want to learn the history, all are welcome.

This free, virtual conference is presented by the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia thanks in part to a grant from Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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