March 20, 2002 Identifying the Father of Sally Hemings' Children: Helen Leary to Discuss the Genealogical Evidence on April 16

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Noted genealogist Helen F.M. Leary will discuss her research in a lecture titled "Sally Hemings' Children: A Genealogical Analysis of the Evidence" at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, April 16, at noon. The event, sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, will be the fourth annual Judith P. Austin Memorial Lecture. It will take place in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Helen Leary will discuss the insights offered by genealogical research into the Jefferson-Hemings relationship. A leading authority on early families of the Upper South, she is a professional genealogist with more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and speaker. Ms. Leary is a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society and has published frequently in genealogical journals. Her well-received article on the Jefferson-Hemings controversy appeared in the September 2001 special issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

The Judith P. Austin lecture series was established by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division as a tribute to Judith Austin and her outstanding contributions to librarianship, genealogy, and local history. A longtime staff member of the Library of Congress, Judith Austin served for many years as head of the division's Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.


PR 02-039
ISSN 0731-3527