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Nadia K. Orton

African American Cemeteries of Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina

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Nadia K. Orton is a professional genealogist and family historian. She is a graduate of an advanced writing course at U. C. Berkeley (California) and Duke University, with a double major in Political Science and African/African American Studies, and a Certificate in Markets and Management Science. While there, she helped establish the department for students with disabilities. Her study in the field of genealogy began in 2001, and she has researched her paternal family roots to 1630 in Tidewater, Virginia, and maternal roots to 1770 in North Carolina. Over the past few years, she has served as a volunteer archivist in Grove Baptist Church and Emanuel A.M.E. Church, and is a regular contributor to the online community Find a Grave, submitting photos of headstones and cemeteries for families unable to visit, in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina. She maintains a website and two Facebook pages devoted to African American cemeteries in Portsmouth, and greater Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina. She also maintains a blog, Sacred Ground, Sacred History. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Association for Gravestone Studies, the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation, the Duke Alumni Association, and the Virginia Genealogical Society. Currently, she is working with various community initiatives to restore historic African-American cemeteries throughout Tidewater, Virginia, and the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. In Portsmouth, she's assisting the community initiative to restore the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1879), and preparing the National Register nomination for the site. She continues her research of historic African American cemeteries and burial grounds of Tidewater, Virginia and North Carolina.

Academic Degrees:
Bachelors of Arts (Political Science) ; Bachelors of Arts (African and African American Studies) ; Certificate (Markets and Management Sciences)

Research Specialty:
African American ; Cartography (maps) ; Civil War ; Colonial ; Federal Records ; Historical Sites ; Land Records ; Library of Congress ; Court Records

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
GA ; MD ; NC ; VA ; Mid-Atlantic ; South ; Atlanta ; Baltimore ; Raleigh ; Africa ; British Isles ; Richmond

Research Counties:
Franklin County, NC ; Hampton, VA ; Hertford County, NC ; Nansemond, VA ; Newport News, VA ; Norfolk County, VA ; Portsmouth City, VA ; Vance County, NC ; Virginia Beach, VA ; Warren County, NC

Service Categories:
Historian ; Photography ; Reunion Planner ; Author/Writer ; Transcription

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(757) 809-1232
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