Tuesday Workshops

The 2019 pre-conference will include an African American Seminar and an Irish Seminar on Tuesday, 7 May for an additional fee with advanced registration. Each workshop has limited seating. Registration includes a special syllabus, five lectures, lunch, and networking opportunities. The all-day programs, which start promptly at 8:15 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., will offer helpful hints and suggestions to enrich your research. Conference registration is not required to attend these workshops. Cost for either workshop is $110.


This seminar will provide information for African American researchers on problem solving methodology and the use of various records covering a variety of time periods. Resources will include federal records, publications and magazines, and slave narratives—perhaps written by or about a person of interest to your research.

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD — Cluster Research: Finding Your Lost Ancestors

Using several case studies, this session will introduce the importance of researching ancestors by using extended family members, friends, and community.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG, LLM — Researching African American Ancestors in Federal Records

A variety of federal records provide genealogical information about African American ancestors during the antebellum period and also point to additional state or local sources.

Timothy N. Pinnick — African American Magazines, Serials, and Other Publications

Attendees will be introduced to more than 100 relevant African American periodicals, discover multiple gateways to thousands of articles, and explore many valuable indexes.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL — Separate but Unequal: Slave Laws and their Records

Slavery impacted all laws—national or state, slave or free. Its records provide critical clues for genealogists, whether descended from enslaved or enslaver.

Ari Wilkens — WPA Slave Narratives

Explore the WPA Slave Narratives, the rich genealogical details provided by former slaves, and the research potential that the interviews offer.


Your Irish ancestors left clues about their name, home-place, migration, and legal transactions in many places. This day-long seminar will try to point you to new records in new places.

John Grenham, FIGRS, FGSI — What is an Irish Surname?

A seemingly simple question can become complicated fast. Understanding Irish surnames sheds light on the most common obstacles.

John Grenham, FIGRS, FGSI — Irish Reverse Genealogy

It is now easier than ever to follow Irish families forward in time, identifying precise GPS coordinates for a home-place and finding living relatives.

David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA — Introduction to Irish Law Libraries and their Records

Records in the law library are often overlooked. This session identifies available records, the major repositories in the U.S. and Ireland, and online resources.

Beth Stahr, CG, MLS — Irish Immigration to the Port of New Orleans: Old Irish, New Irish, and Those Who Travelled to the Interior

Consider the Irish who came to New Orleans from the late 18th century through the antebellum period and discover the records they left.

John Grenham, FIGRS, FGSI — Irish Records of Anglo Irish

The Anglo-Irish ruled Ireland for more than two centuries and, proportionally, migrated more than any other group. They left plenty of records.

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at
[email protected] or refer to FAQs.