GA S03 E03: Scotchtown: Enslaved family genealogy research with Jennifer Hurst-Wender & Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Working on enslaved family genealogy research wherever they were held in bondage goes a long way towards humanizing them. It turns abstract “slaves” into human beings.

In this episode, we spoke with Jennifer Wender-Hurst (Preservation Virginia) and writer/editor Andi Cumbo-Floyd about the work they are doing researching and documenting the lives of the enslaved people held at Scotchtown in Beaverdam, Hanover County, Virginia. This work is part of a project spearheaded by Preservation Virginia (

Jennifer and Andi discuss the process of researching a community of enslaved people to find and contact their descendants, and the work that goes into achieving that goal. Both also chat about research strategies – and share some important research resources.

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