Recalling that African American Genealogy is American Genealogy

April 9th, 2017 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

BCG Luncheon, T231, Condemnation of Memory: Recalling that African American Genealogy is American Genealogy, 12 pm, Thursday, 11 May 2017

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG is the featured speaker at the Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon.  Board-certified in 2015, LaBrenda is an author and lecturer who focuses on African American ancestors in the historical slave South. Currently a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, she is a frequent speaker at national and local venues.  Now a full-time genealogist, in 2016 she released a guide and selected finding aids for researching African Americans in Laurens County, South Carolina. This book has been noted as an important model for others by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. in his long-running genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper. Thomas’s review notes that while this guide is centered on one county, “…others could take this and search the same sources for any county in South Carolina or interpolate those sources for other states.”

LaBrenda will speak on ongoing efforts to reverse historic indifference to enslaved African American ancestors, and how this work benefits the entire genealogical community.

Advance Registration required, cost $32.00

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