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Enoch Pratt Free Library

Genealogist Shamele Jordon

talks about ways to enhance your genealogy research and shares tips on locating African American ancestors before 1870.
Central Library   Saturday, May 07, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – Six Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research

Are you stuck? Do you feel that you’re not getting anywhere with your genealogy research? Learn ways that you can enhance your research using the latest technology, the Internet, and traditional research techniques.

Genealogy and Reunions

A family reunion without family history is just a picnic. Learn how to uncover your family history using traditional genealogical sources. Then learn fun ways to tell your story, at your reunion.

11:30 a.m. – I’ve Traced My family Back to 1870. Now What?

Researching African American ancestor’s pre-1870 presents unique challenges. Learn sources and techniques to locate ancestors during the Reconstruction and Slavery Eras.

Shamele Jordon is a genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster (Genealogy On Demand). Her biographical highlights include: researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: An African American Lives Special and African American Lives II; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, PA.; faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, AL.; workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Black Loyalist

Black Loyalist is a repository of historical data about the African American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. In this first stage, the site concentrates on providing biographical and demographic information for the largest cohort, about 1000 people from Norfolk Virginia and surrounding counties.