Strategies and Stories: African-American Genealogy Conference

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8 am-5 pm

EnlargeAfrican-American soldiers during World War I enjoy trombone music.

African-American Soldiers, 1918

African-American soldiers during World War I enjoy trombone music. View the original source document: WHI 54244.

The Second Annual African-American Genealogy Conference will provide a lot of valuable information on how to learn more about your family history. Our featured speaker this year is Janis Minor Forté. She is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who presents genealogical and family history-oriented materials at national, state and local genealogical conferences. Her presentations will include "What the Census Says: Verifying 19th-Century Birthing of Sallie (Campbell) Driver" and "Even Gangsters Had to Register." Guest lecturers include Carolyn Mattern, retired Wisconsin Historical Society archivist, and Lori Bessler, Society reference librarian.

Conference Schedule

  • 8–9 am — Registration
  • 9–10 am — "What the Census Says," presented by Janis Minor Forté
  • 10–10:30 am — Break
  • 10:30–11:30 am — "Finding Black Civil War Soldiers," presented by Carolyn Mattern
  • 11:30 am–1 pm — Lunch
  • 1–2 pm — "Even Gangsters Had to Register," presented by Janis Minor Forté
  • 2–2:30 pm — Break
  • 2:30–3:30 pm — "Organizing and Analyzing," presented by Lori Bessler
  • 3:30–4 pm — Break
  • 4–5 pm — "Online Collections for African-American Research," presented by Lori Bessler

You can also view or download a conference brochure and registration form (PDF 696 KB).

Genealogy Webinars, Workshops and Classes

This event is just one of our many genealogy webinars, workshops and classes. Use the links below to learn about other events.


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