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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

Genealogy Tips and Resources from Barry J. Ewell

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Our friend Barry J. Ewell has shared a comprehensive list of genealogy & census guides and tips available on his website, Genealogy by Barry. Take a look!

Session 4

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Schedule subject to change.


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

  • Alva Stevenson, “Documenting Memories: An Introduction to Oral History” – Annex Chapel
  • Gerard McKay, “Probate Records: Finding Slave Ancesots Before 1865” – Main Chapel
  • Jackie Ireland, “African American Internet Resources” – Relief Society Room
  • Barbara Randall, “Land, Lots of Land! Land Records” – Assembly Room
  • Edna Briggs & Ophelia Sanders, “Writing Your Own Obituary: Workshop” Part 2 – Classrooms 105/106
  • Charles Meigs, “Africans and the Five Civilized Tribes” (Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks and Seminoles) – Classrooms 203/204

Session 3

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Schedule subject to change.


Classes happening from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

  • Alva Stevenson, “Blacks in Mexico” – Annex Chapel
  • Marti Lewis, “This n’ That Genealogy Research Tips”- Main Chapel
  • Jacki Ireland, Ancestry.com – Relief Society Room
  • Robin Zollinger, “Using Technology to Bring Your Personal History to Life”- Assembly Room
  • Thom Reed, “Freedmen’s Bureau Project” – Classrooms 105/106
  • Charles Meigs, “How I Traced Two Lines into Slavery” – Classrooms 203/204

Session 2

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Schedule subject to change.


Classes taking place following lunch, from 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Luana Gilstrap, “Avoiding and Overcoming Brick Walls: Part 2 – Annex Chapel
  • Marti Lewis, “Using DNA Testing to Discover Your Roots”- Main Chapel
  • Betty Isbell, “Getting a Successful Start to Family History” – Relief Society Room
  • Barbara Randall, “Are Your Ancestors Playing Hide & Seek?”- Assembly Room
  • Richard Procello, “How to Write Your Family History in 9 Easy Steps” – Classrooms 105/106
  • Richard McBride, “Census Research”- Classrooms 203/204