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Saturday, February 18, 2023 – 1:30 p.m.
In-person/hybrid at the CSG Library
175 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. presents

“Researching Black Patriots – Connecticut’s Private Soldiers in the Revolutionary War”  with Pauline Merrick

Estimates of the number of African American men who were enlisted in the Continental Army or provided support for that army range from five thousand to nine thousand men. This presentation will look at existing service and pension records, and other tools for piecing together the lives of these largely forgotten Patriots. The objective is to learn to navigate military and pension records relating to the Rev. War, to learn how to flesh out the stories of the men who served, and to keep those stories and memories alive.


Pauline C. Merrick is a genealogist and historian. She is the published author of a book and several magazine articles. She lectures on Connecticut history and genealogical research. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Society of Genealogists as President and Program Committee Chair, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Samuel Huntington Homestead Museum, conducting special research projects. She is a member of the DAR and the Mayflower Society based on her long heritage of Connecticut ancestors.

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This event will take place at the CSG Library and virtually on Zoom. The event is FREE, but registration is required.

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