Sankofa Of Montclair Celebrates Black History At Caldwell Family History Center

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Feb. 15, 2015 - PRLog -- MONTCLAIR/CALDWELL, NJ (February 15, 2015) The LDS Family History Center of Caldwell and “Sankofa” (The Montclair African American Genealogy Meetup Group) are pleased to announce a special session of family history research dedicated to addressing challenges facing black family history. Held at the Family History Center located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 209 Mountain Avenue in North Caldwell on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, this free session will introduce attendees to, one of the most powerful online research tools, provide access to some of the world's largest genealogical libraries, and teach people how to navigate around some common genealogical dead-ends.

“The purpose of this meetup is to bring together a diverse group of people who love family history but who may not have had the time nor the encouragement to explore it,” explained Frances Moore of Sankofa. “Sankofa was founded specifically to support others through family research, workshops, guest speakers, and field trips. We are especially excited about this upcoming event in Caldwell.”

“I've been working with Sankofa for over two years now, and I'm so eager to be presenting to the entire group,” explained Diana Little, Director of the Family History Center in Caldwell. SEATING FOR THIS EVENT IS LIMITED. FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL DIANA LITTLE @ 973.669.2727.


The Group was founded April 19, 2010. Sankofa brings together a group of people who love family history but may not have had the time or the encouragement to explore it. “Sankofa” is a Ghanian word meaning “to go back and reclaim the past.” At the meetups, members are encouraged to “go back and learn from the legacy of past generations in order to guide their future and that of their descendants.”The group meets on the third Saturday of each month, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Montclair Public Library. The group meets and addresses the following topics: African American & Caribbean Culture, African American Families, Putting Together a Family Tree, Parents of Biracial Children, Interracial Families, Genetic Genealogy, and Genealogical Research. For more information about Sankofa, its events or how to join, please visit


The Caldwell Family History Center is a free community service that connects individuals to their ancestors. It is one of only a handful of FREE genealogical libraries across the State of New Jersey and serves the communities of Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Roseland, Essex Fells, Verona, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley, West Orange, Little Falls, Totowa, Lincoln Park, Wayne, Fairfield, Towaco, Montville, Pine Brook, Woodland Park (West Patterson), Clifton, Livingston, and Parsippany. The Family History Center offers free services including:

One-on-one or group training in online family history research

Film readers and computer services with free online access to the world's largest genealogical library

Training with online services of and

Access, in the Caldwell Family History Center, to over 2,500 microfilms

Additional microfilms can be rented, for a nominal fee, from

The Family History Center is hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is open as a regional resource to the public. Family History Center Hours*

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm and 7pm – 10pm

Thursdays, 9am – 12pm

Saturdays, 9am - 12pm

*The Family History Center is closed for holidays, snow, ice and serious inclement weather. Please call in advance.

For more information about Family History, online tools, or to coordinate a free group or individual tour, please contact Diana Little, Family History Center Director at 973.669.2727.

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