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African-American Genealogy Conference


Members of the 15th Regiment of the New York National Guard arrive home from World War I as heroes, February 10, 1910
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Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran, come discover the methods of African-American genealogical research at the Wisconsin Historical Society's African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home on June 21-22 at the Pyle Center in Madison. A distiguished group of presenters will be on hand to give you invaluable tips to guide your research and give you fresh insights into the African-American experience. The conference is co-hosted by the Historical Society and the Madison African-American Genealogy Writing Group.

Meet the Presenters

  • Tony Burroughs, internationally known genealogist and author, will speak on the methods of genealogical research on black families, on using railroad records to study Pullman porters, and on the nature of genealogy.
  • Author Walter T. McDonald will talk about his research for his book 'Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave,' and host a book signing.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison historian Crystal M. Moten will present "Finding and Telling Their Stories: Black Women's Lives and Experiences in the Historical Records."
  • Wisconsin Historical Society genealogists and reference librarians Jim Hansen and Lori Bessler will talk about African-American newspapers and using the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch databases.

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:: Posted May 30, 2013

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