The 2024 James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture Series

April 19th, 2024 by Matt Menashes

Are you ready to delve into the rich tapestry of African-American family history and explore the fascinating methodology of genealogical research? Get ready because the 2nd Annual James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture Series is just around the corner, happening on Saturday, 18 May 2024, during the NGS Virtual Family History Conference. This special event, presented by NGS and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), promises to be an illuminating and inspirational event for all eager to uncover the hidden stories of the past.

African-American family history researchers often encounter challenges, commonly known as “brick walls,” navigating complex research questions. The invaluable methods used to overcome these research quandaries benefit those focused on African-American ancestry and enrich genealogy researchers’ practices across the board. This lecture series proudly honors the legacy of James Dent Walker, the esteemed founder of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Mr. Walker, who served as second vice president of NGS, left an enduring impact on the field of genealogy. Mr. Walker was a fellow of NGS and was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame in 1999.

The lineup of sessions featured in the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture Series offers a diverse range of topics that promise to engage and enlighten attendees:

  • S102 Sources for Researching Rural Ancestors
    • Presented by Ari Wilkins
  • S202 Researching African American Ancestors in Equity Court Files
    • Presented by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG
  • S302 From Heroes to Fathers: Unveiling the Stories of Black Military Soldiers and the Generations They Fathered
    • Presented by Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy
  • Canceled – S402 Freedom in my Bones: The Genealogy of Black Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
    • Presented by Leslie Anderson, MSLS

Each session promises to unlock new perspectives, untold stories, and innovative research methodologies that can expand our understanding of family history research, particularly within the context of African-American ancestry.

So, mark your calendars for this extraordinary opportunity to learn from esteemed experts and immerse yourself in the joys and challenges of genealogy. The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture Series is a celebration of the past and a testament to our shared commitment to preserving and commemorating our ancestors’ diverse and remarkable histories.