The Massachusetts Genealogical Council announces its newest initiative:
MGC: Open Records & Education
As part of executing its educational mission year-round, MGC plans to offer programs on open records and other topics of interest to genealogists approximately 4 times a year. To avoid conflicting with regularly scheduled meetings of other societies and organizations, M:O.R.E. presentations will occur during the 5th week of a month.
We invite you to attend the inaugural session which is co-sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society New England Chapter (AAHGS-NE), David Allen Lambert Library (DAAL), Friends of Irish Research (FIR), Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB), New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG), The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), and Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS).
An evening with
Author of Too Brown to Keep
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
This presentation is free but registration is required.
Judy Fambrough-Billingsley joins us to discuss her newest book Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing. In addition to sharing her unique story, Judy will describe some of the tips and lessons she learned while researching and discovering her ancestry.
Born Ute Schaab in Friedberg, Germany, shortly after World War II as the daughter of a white German woman and a black American soldier, she became one of the thousands of unwanted “brown babies.” Abandoned by her birth mother, she and her older bi-racial sister were adopted out from a German Kinderhein to a financially successful and supportive childless California couple.
Now called “Judy,” she was taunted and bullied by her peers during middle school for being bi-racial and struggled fit in to the social and racial categories available to her in the 1950s and 60s. Judy had little knowledge of life before adoption but was always curious about her birth parents. After her marriage and the birth of her second son, Judy’s adoptive father gave her a shoebox filled with a 6-inch stack of neatly folded papers—the key to the mystery of her origin and the beginning of her odyssey to find her birth parents and additional siblings.
Judy gives a captivating, true account of the emotional and psychological effects of being biracial, abandoned, an international adopted baby, and the heart-wrenching, very public rejection she suffered at the hands of some members of her newly discovered family. Too Brown to Keep is gripping, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.
This presentation is free, but registration is required.