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Finding Your African American Ancestors: Yes, You Can!

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:16 am

The Leesburg Public Library and Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County are together hosting a seminar on Saturday, November 10 at 1:00, led by leading African American Genealogist Adrienne G. Whaley. The seminar will be held at the library, 100 E. Main Street, Leesburg, FL, 34748 in meeting room A.
“When it comes to African American genealogical research, myths abound: it can’t be done, the records don’t exist, everybody was a slave, why would I want to know about that? But the truth is, this research CAN be done, records DO exist, and every family had a multitude of experiences, whether in slavery or in freedom. In this presentation, I’ll walk attendees through the basics of African American family history research, with an emphasis on finding not just names, dates and locations, but on the stories that give this information meaning. Throughout, I’ll illustrate with examples from my own research. Attendees will leave with tips, tools and resources for getting started and digging a little bit deeper.”- Adrienne G. Whaley