Harris-Stowe to Host African-American Genealogy Workshop as Part of Black History Month

Harris-Stowe State University, with the St. Louis African-American History and Genealogy Society, is hosting the organization’s second annual conference: Genealogy from Cradle to Grave - Researching the African-American Family over the Generations.
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Jan. 25, 2011 - PRLog -- WHO:   Harris-Stowe State University, in conjunction with the St. Louis African-American History and Genealogy Society, is hosting the organization’s second annual conference themed “Genealogy from Cradle to Grave: Researching the African-American Family over the Generations.”

WHAT:   At the conference, researchers will receive valuable information and training to assist in researching their family history, to learn why family history play such an important part in tracing roots, and the conference provides avenues that promote and educate young people by involving them in the genealogical community.

The keynote speaker for the event is Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., a past-president of the African-American Genealogical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College. Dr. Abbott will address the crowd on “Leaving a Legacy: The Storytelling Imperative.” Workshop speakers include a number of renowned authorities on the topic including: Dr. Patricia Johnson, Dr. Diane Smoot, Dr. Robin Hanson, Dr. Shelia Johnson Smith, Susan Anderson, La Donna Garner, Janis Minor Forte, Michael Melendez, James A. Vincent, and Julius Crouch.

Topics to be covered during the day include: DNA Tests and African-Americans — Using Genetic Research to Identify the Undocumented Past; Making Family Connections Online; Beyond the Basics: Vital Records and Related; Health Interventions in Early Childhood: Preventing Chronic Diseases; One Record Leads to Another and Another; What’s New in Family Search; C.S.I. Cemetery Records; Using Nontraditional Sources to Identify and Trace Slave Ancestry; How to Get Kids Involved in Genealogy; Unlock Your Family’s Past, Be a Photo Detective; and Beginning Genealogy.

WHEN:   The conference will be held Saturday, February 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE:   The workshop will be held at Harris-Stowe State University’s William L. Clay, Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center, 10 North Compton Avenue. Registration fees are $40 for St. Louis AAHGS members, $45 for nonmembers, and $50 for day-of registration. To pay online or for additional information, please visit www.stl-aahgs.com.  

CONTACT:         Annemarie Schumacher
         (314) 340-3391

ATTENTION MEDIA – Photo and interview opportunities are available the day of this event. Please contact the Harris-Stowe State University Communications Department at (314) 340-5754 to arrange.

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