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Lori Hunter

For over seventeen years, Lori E. Hunter has traveled extensively throughout Virginia and North Carolina collecting oral histories and researching her family. The fruits of her travels have been plentiful and she has traced her enslaved ancestors to the 1750s in Charleston, SC, Central Virginia, and Warren and Johnston Counties in North Carolina. For the past seven years, she has concentrated on identifying the slave owning families of her ancestors and through wills, probate and court records, she has successfully identified slave owners of her Fleming, Hunter, Jerman, Roy, Smith, Sanders, Whitley, Wortham, Thornton, Williams, and Wynn ancestors. She continues her search to contact their descendants and to identify and visit the plantations where her ancestors lived.

Ms. Hunter served as the president of the District of Columbia Genealogical Society from 1991 until 1996. Since 1994, she has been a volunteer at the Church of Latter Day Saints Family History Center in Kensington, Maryland. She has presented workshops during Black History month for numerous organizations. In recent years, in addition to her own research, she has mentored many beginning researchers. She has presented at the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, and the National Genealogical Society Conference. Ms. Hunter is an accomplished author. Her most recent article "African-American Genealogical Research: The Triumphs and the Challenges" appeared in Everton's Genealogical Helper (Jan-Feb 2000).

Lori E. Hunter is a native of Richmond, Virginia and has resided in Washington, DC since 1982. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Economics and has done graduate studies in Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has attended many workshops and conferences to better her understanding of history and genealogy.

Submitted by Damita Drayton Green

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Created: 30 July 2000 | Updated: 30 July 2000
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