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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

Gayle Porter

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Gay22-oct-deer-cliff-inn-24-copyle Porter loves history and has been engaged in genealogy and family history for 56 years.  Her experience has come from serving  as family history consultant for over 30 years; as a family history training coordinator for 15 years, serving in a family history center for 26 years, and now serving as a missionary in the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library.  Her experience also includes teaching many, many classes and many research trips in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Betty Isbell

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Betemp-ph-1tty Nichols Isbell, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her interest in family history began at an early age while listening to her father’s stories of his early childhood in the deep south. She has been actively involved in genealogical research for over forty years, has been a consultant at several Family History Centers, including being a center director twice. She is currently the Director of the Canoga Park Family History Center; and, also, serves as librarian at the Southern California Genealogical Society Library one day a week. She has taught genealogy classes to the public for over thirty years. Her specialty is descendant research, and has worked for a forensic research company locating missing and unknown heirs, as well as operating her own genealogical research business. Betty worked for UCLA School of Public Health and Cancer Center identifying and locating persons involved in medical studies. She has served as a board member of CSGA, LAWGS, Association of Professional Genealogist, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Genealogical Society.  In addition, Betty belongs to many national, state, and county genealogical societies. She has attended over 10 national genealogical conferences, as well as making many family research trips to Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She even dreams of genealogy.


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