Thursday, June 25, 2020

African American Genealogy Webinar Weekend - June 26-28

Our free webinar weekends in June continues this Friday with the African American 6-class series. First join us for the live introductory webinar on Friday at 12pm eastern U.S. time. Then enjoy the following classes at your leisure (all free through Sunday evening).
African American Genealogy Challenges: What You Need to Know! by Shelley Murphy (NEW!)
Researchers all experience brick walls and they are expected and challenging. The goal is to learn how to combat the challenges. This presentation will walk through the challenges when researching African American ancestry. New methods and strategies will be shared such as how to analyze documents along with tips on organizing your research. (Available Friday morning at
Grandma Said: Verifying Oral History by Aaron Dorsey (NEW!)
This presentation will explain the critical role that oral history plays in genealogical research as well as the pitfalls of becoming wedded to it. Individuals will also learn strategies for verifying oral history. Case studies will be used to highlight the various strategies. (Available Friday morning at
The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trails by Melvin Collier (NEW!)
With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Many forms of direct evidence that emphatically prove family relationships, birthplaces, and other happenings are often non-existent because enslaved people were merely considered “property.” Some researchers have been very fortunate to find rare pieces of direct evidence, in the form of old family letters, diaries, ledgers, Bibles, etc., to positively identify enslaved ancestors and family structures. Many researchers often rely on a preponderance of indirect evidence to confirm enslaved ancestors. Collier presents two cases where DNA was a valuable piece of evidence that identified and confirmed enslaved ancestors and how DNA research provided clues to determine the areas where two enslaved ancestors had likely been sold away from during the domestic slave trade (Second Middle Passage). (Available Friday morning at
Finding Calvin: Following My Enslaved Ancestor Through Multiple Owners - A Case Study by Renate Sanders (NEW!)
In this presentation, Renate models the research process of verifying that her great-grandfather was enslaved, and shares the methodology and documents used to document his owners during 25 years of enslavement. Presented as a case study. (Available Friday morning at
DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition About the Parents of a Freedman by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson (NEW!)
Learn about information needed to make sound decisions on when DNA tests can or should be used in genealogical research, and how to meet the new DNA-specific genealogy standards. (Available Friday morning at
African American Genealogy Resources at the Library of Congress by Ahmed Johnson (members-only webinar to be unlocked)
Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching through the records and online resources at the Library of Congress. African American history is recorded in multiple formats that document African Americans in America, including digitized oral histories, newspapers, maps, and photographs among others. This presentation provides an overview of the materials available that will help you reconstruct these wonderful stories. Included is a case study of a former slave and traces his life after emancipation. (Available Friday morning at

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