Saturday, September 24, 2011

Got Proof! A Genealogy Journey Through The Use Of Documentation And Display Boards

Got Proof!
 A Genealogy Journey Through the 
Use of Documentation
        On Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, I was honored to be the guest speaker at the 11th Anniversary of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Metro-Atlanta chapter monthly meeting held at the National Archives Records Administration in Atlanta, Ga.  My presentation focused on “Telling the story of my 4th Generation Great-Grandparents and how I traced my ancestry to an American Revolutionary war soldier.”  
       My presentation included several display boards showing the various ancestral lines I am researching and a powerpoint presentation called,  “Got Proof! A Genealogy Journey Through the Use of Documentation." My research goes back to my fourth generation great-grandparents -- a former slave (double click) name Agnes,  who gained her freedom on December 16, 1779, and her French consort, an American Revolutionary War Patriot named Mathieu Devaux dit Platilla. The display boards showed the various generations and documents that helped make me eligible for induction into the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.
       Later, I was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from AAGHS for my presentation. Here are a few pictures from the event.
Guests and members of AAGHS, Metro Atlanta

Picture of our grandmother
 the great-granddaughter
 and my younger sister
Jane Henderson BRONNER, 
the 4th generation great granddaughter of
Agnes Mathieu
AAHGS-Metro Atlanta 
guests reviewing my family display boards
My sister Jane sharing our family's history
with AAHGS guests and members
Lots of proof shown through many
documents and charts
Certificate of Appreciation
 presented by Stanley Thomas,
 AAHGS-Atlanta Co-Chair, Education & Programs Committee

AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter
Sept 24, 2011

Got Living Proof !
3rd and 4th generation great-grandchildren of
Agnes Mathieu and Mathieu Devaux
Jane, Michael, Frances (my mom) and Cynthia
Frances Henderson (mom) and Michael Henderson
  outside the 

National Archives Southeast Region building in Atlanta,Ga
Sept 24, 2011


  1. Congratulations on the research on your Revolutionary patriot and being honored by AAHGS. It's an amazing journey! I became a member of DAR in 1977 and have discovered 6 Revolutionary War ancestors thus far. Count on me as a frequent visitor to Finding Agnes:-)

  2. Thanks Karen, I to am inspired by your american revolutionary war ancestral discoveries. As my ancestral research continues, I look forward to discovering and documenting others in my family tree who participated in the American revolution. Your historic entry into the DAR is equally inspiring. I saw the posting on the DAR's wiki page about you achieving the distinction of being "THE" first. Congratulations and I look forward to sharing a few stories with you later.

  3. Thank-you for sharing the PROCESS with other researchers. This serves to set the example for diligent research when making kinship determinations.