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Genealogy Tips and Resources from Barry J. Ewell

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Locating Free African American Ancestors Pre-1865

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Presenter: Aaron Day

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Description: The primary purpose of the class “Locating Free African American Ancestors: Pre-1865’ is to review resources that may be used when researching ancestors who lived prior to the Civil War era. There is a wide range of resources available on free African Americans that may prove to be very useful to the researcher. Many people are surprised to learn that almost a half million, almost one-seventh of the Blacks of this country, were free long before the end of the Civil War in 1865. This class will also provide information about researching ancestors of this ethnic group, and will help to find ways of learning how, and why, they were free during this period before 1865.

Location: Assembly Room

Aaron Day

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dayThe primary purpose of the class “Locating Free African American Ancestors: Pre-1865’ is to review resources that may be used when researching ancestors who lived prior to the Civil War era. There is a wide range of resources available on free African Americans that may prove to be very useful to the researcher. Many people are surprised to learn that almost a half million, almost one-seventh of the Blacks of this country, were free long before the end of the Civil War in 1865. This class will also provide information about researching ancestors of this ethnic group, and will help to find ways of learning how, and why, they were free during this period before 1865.

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Locating Free African American Ancestors Pre-1865

Richard McBride

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richardmcbrideDr. Richard D. McBride is the Director of the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. He has been involved in family history research for about 40 years. He is a retired USC Professor of Management Science and Logistics. He has a PhD in Mathematics from UCLA.

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Census Research

Family Tree Sources and Documents/Photos

Margaret Lewis

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Margaret (Marti) Lewis is the President and one of the founding members of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group. Marti is a compelling andinfluential voice in the genealogy community;she has been featured, quoted, profiled and published in several major media publications. Marti’s love for genealogy is expressed through her own personal published articles: “A Soldier’s Story”, “My Family Link”, “He Touched Me”, and “Ancestral Roll Call”.

During Black History month in 2008, Marti was interviewed twice by Jessica Chang, Emmy award-winning reporter for Channel 4’s San Diego’s News magazine show, “San Diego Insider”.  She was also featured on Channel 4’s Multicultural community affairs interview show “Shades of San Diego”, where she shared 500 years of her personal family research.

Marti, has also contributed some of her personal family research materials and  photos to Dr. Frank N. Schubert, for his books “Voices of the Buffalo Soldier” and the new supplementary volume “On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier, Volume II”. Both volumes feature her great great grandfather Jacob W. Wilks.

Marti,  volunteers’ in many capacities, she is as a contributor to Find A Grave, she’s also a consultant on African American Research at the San Diego Family History Center, where she teaches a free series of Researching Your Roots Workshops, in addition she the administrator for the African American Genealogy Research  and California Genealogy Research pages on Facebook

Marti is known for her boundless enthusiasm, and has provided genealogical presentations and workshops statewide in California, and also in Arizona and Nevada.

One of Marti’s greatest accomplishments beside her own family research which she’s researched   back to 1522 . . . was fulfilling a genealogical research request from an inmate at Norco State Prison, in Riverside County, CA.  In a 12 hour period with only 3 names she was able to add 5 generations dating back to 1712 to his very prestigious family tree.

Marti’s recent DNA test results have helped to unravel some of the mysteries of her family’s history and have helped to substantiate several family lines.

She is currently organizing her research materials to publish in a Family History Book, to be titled “Ancestral Pursuit”.

Classes:

This ‘n That Genealogy Research Tips

Session 4

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Final session of classes for the day, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.