Alachua native Tatanya Peterson , a financial counselor at UF Health Shands Hospital, began to explore her family history in February 2006. By 2018 she had traced her family back to a plantation in Alachua County. In January 2018, Peterson met Karen Kirkman, President and Historian of the Historic Haile Homestead. Kirkman is also a transcriber of Alachua County's ancient records and member of the Alachua County Historical Commission. Since then, Peterson and Kirkman have been working together to uncover more of the story, leading them to the James Chesnut plantation near Jonesville and further back to Camden, South Carolina.
Learn how Tatanya Peterson reserached her family tree, the resources she used and how the partnership with Kirkman continues to explain her family story.
Join Peterson and Kirkman on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Foundation Room of Library Headquarters. Please note that this program was rescheduled from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9.