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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 at Duke University, she helped establish the Student Disability Access Office. Her study in the field of genealogy began in 2001, and she has researched her paternal family roots to 1610 in Tidewater, Virginia, and North Carolina, and maternal roots to 1770 in North Carolina. Between 2010-2011, she served as a volunteer archivist for Grove Baptist Church (est. 1840) and Emanuel A.M.E. Church (est. 1772), Portsmouth, Virginia. She has been a member of the online community Find-a-Grave for over seven years, and has contributed over 10,000 memorials, interments, and photographs for cemeteries in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina. She maintains two Facebook pages devoted to African American cemeteries in Portsmouth (VA), and greater Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina. She also maintains a blog, Sacred Ground, Sacred History. She is a member of the Phoenix Historical Society of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, the Tidewater (Virginia) Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Association for Gravestone Studies, 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 North Carolina. In Portsmouth, Virginia, she's assisting the community initiative to preserve 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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