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Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity

8 Dec 2023 7:41 AM | Anonymous

A free BCG-sponsored webinar:

“Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity” 

by Nancy Peters, CG, CGL

Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

A quarrel between brothers turns into tragedy. The murdered man’s young widow and children leave their rural home for city life, never returning. Former family connections are forgotten in time. This webinar illustrates the case of finding the birth family of a mid-nineteenth-century South Carolina widow who left her family’s homeplace. No record provides an exact birthplace or fully identifies her parents. Learn how widow Sophia’s forgotten identity was reconstructed by understanding the era’s social context, creating and testing hypotheses, and conducting whole family research.

Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGLcoedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2019 to 2022. She served two terms as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former editor of its publication, OnBoard. Nancy has conducted research to solve complex identity and kinship problems for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on England, Germany, New York, and southeastern United States. She lectures at local and national conferences and is an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the BCG Education Fund on skill-building topics and genealogy standards. Her work has been published in NGSQ and other genealogical journals. She authored the “Research Reports” chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018). 

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity” by Nancy Peters, CG, CGL. This webinar airs Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. 

When you register before December 19 with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars( you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“We appreciate the opportunity to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG. “At BCG, our purpose is to promote public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. These webinars help to achieve that by providing educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2023, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

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