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The Freedmen’s Bureau Project offers great opportunities in African American Family History.  Watch a video to learn more about it.  Discover how this could impact you at two of our conference sessions.

Eventbrite - Discover Your Roots 15th Annual African American Family History Conference

Betty Isbell

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Betty is a seasoned Family History expert and librarian.


Getting a Successful Start to Family History

Getting a Successful Start to Family History

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Presenter: Betty Isbell

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Description: Where do you begin? Can you still use paper forms or must you use a computer and the Internet? How much will it cost? Come and learn tips for finding “home” sources, and learn how to interview relatives to find from others what is already know about your ancestor’s families. Learn how to access free and easy to use websites for the beginner

Location: Relief Society Room

This’n That Genealogy Research Tips

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Presenter: Marti Lewis

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 pm.

Description: This presentation covers research tools i.e. Maps, Census, Military, Land, Death, Social Security Records, Obituaries, Bibles and DNA testing.

Location: Main Chapel

How I Traced Two Lines into Slavery

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Presenter: Charles Meigs

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.


Location: Classrooms 203/204

Writing Your Own Obituary: Part 2 (Workshop)

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Presenter: Dr. Edna Briggs and Ophelia Sanders

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

Description:  (Workshop) – Attendance at Part 1 is required for participation in Part 2. Attendees will engage in an exercise, using the outline presented in the first session, that will result is writing or drafting a document that can left with other important papers.   Having your document available will eliminate the family’s burden of having to create a life story for you. It can be used to allow you to “Have Your Say” when that time comes when you are no longer here to speak for yourself..

Location: Rooms 105-106

Writing Your Own Obituary Part 1: (Lecture)

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Presenter: Dr. Edna Briggs and Ophelia Sanders

Time: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Description:  (Lecture) – “Have Your Say” Attendees will learn about the history of obituaries and funeral programs from Ancient Egypt until the present day and time.  The differences between a death notice. an obituary and a funeral program will be discussed and samples will be reviewed.  An outline that can be used to develop you own obituary will also be reviewed, along with a discussion of “do’s and don’ts.”

Location: Relief Society Room

Land, Lots of Land! Land Records

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Presenter: Barbara Randall

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Everything you need to be able to read, interpret, search and locate the land records of your ancestors- whether they were slave or free.

Location: Assembly Room