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Are you interested in African American family history? Do you want to begin your research but don’t know where to start or do you want to identify a slave ancestor or slave owner? Have you hit a “brick wall” in your research and do not know how to resolve it?
Come to Columbus Metropolitan Library and see Tony Burroughs, an internationally known expert on African American genealogy, on Saturday, September 17th, 2011. Tony will be present at the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society’s African American Interest Group’s 2011 Annual Conference “Connecting the Family Puzzle”.
Tony will be speaking on several topics including; The Nature of Genealogy, Identifying Slave Owners, and Creating Order Out of Chaos.
Tony is best known for writing Black Roots: A Beginners' Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. You may have seen him on programs such as Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives, Oprah, and more.
No matter if you're a beginner or a seasoned researcher you should take this rare opportunity to see Tony Burroughs here in Central Ohio.
Any questions send an email to AAIG2011conference@yahoo.com
Saturday, September 17, 2001, from 10am-5pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library-Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Seating is limited so register now!
You must be registered to attend.
Click on "Tony Burroughs Registration Form" for more information and to download the form to register.
Columbus Metropolitan Library will have it's first "Genealogy Lock-In" during the Ohio Genealogical Society's annual conference which is being held in Columbus this year. The lock-in will be Friday, April 1, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm. We have an extensive genealogy collection with resources for Ohio, the United States and beyond. Click here for more information about our genealogy collection. There will be access to Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest and the Internet. All family history enthusiasts (not just conference attendees) are welcome to visit the library during the lock-in. So bring your family history research and spend some time at our library! Parking will be free Friday evening with the garage gates opening at 6:30.
Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library is located at 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 and is about a 5 minute walk from the conference hotel (the Hyatt on Capitol Square). The library's parking garage is accessible from an alley called Library Park North. Click here to check out our the library's genealogy page.
For more information or questions, please call 614-645-2275, or stop by the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society/Columbus Metropolitan Library booth at the conference. You may also send questions to us by email at email@example.com.
If you can't make it to the lock-in please note that our library's regular hours are Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday-Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 1-5.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference and hope you can spend some time at our library.
Have you ever wanted to get expert advice on how to solve the unsolvable in your family history research? Have you hit a “brick wall” in your research? This is your chance to grill the professionals. Join us for an open discussion of search strategies, hidden treasures and hard to find records. Come prepared with your own research mysteries or just listen and learn from others. Panelists will include representatives of the Columbus Metropolitan Library staff,OHS Research Services staff, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Palatines to America-Ohio Chapter.
For information or to make a reservation call 614-645-2275 or reserve online.
When: Saturday March 19, 2011
Where: Main Library Auditorium
Are you curious about DNA testing but not sure if it will help you with your genealogy research? Whether thinking about testing, already tested, or just curious come to this workshop and find out more about how DNA research can help you.
The Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society is sponsoring an "Introduction to Genetic Genealogy Workshop" on Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 10-12 noon at the Main Library-3rd Floor Conference Room. The workshop is free, for more information and registration please go to http://tinyurl.com/introdna or call the library at 614-645-2275 or the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society at 614-871-2110. Seating is limited so register today!.
Season two of Who Do You Think You Are? premiers this Friday, (February 4th, 2011) at 8 p.m. on NBC Channel 4. The celebrities featured in the second season are Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd. Each show will focus on the experience of each celebrity as they explore their family's history. Season one was fantastic and I look forward to checking out season two. Check out Who Do You Think You Are on Friday's at 8 p.m. and at Facebook and see what everyone is talking about.
If you're thinking about starting your genealogy or are a seasoned researcher, I recommend you visit our library and check out one of Ohio's premier genealogy collections.
February is Black History Month and there are many opportunities to celebrate and learn about our African American heritage. I'd like to mention a few events and programs that might interest you.
The Ohio Statehouse is celebrating Black History Month with several living history presentations every Tuesday in February from noon to 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Click here to find out about these and other events taking place at the Statehouse during the month of February.
The Kelton House on Town Street was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A runaway named Martha Hartway and her sister had escaped and eventually found their way to the Kelton home. The Kelton House presents "Martha's Journey" describing her experience. Check out this and other programs at the Kelton House.
The Aldus Society will be presenting a program on the Ohio Historical Society's William H Siebert Underground Railroad Manuscript Collection. Click here for more information about this program.
The Genealogy, History & Travel department at the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a great collection of material on local African American history. There are histories, biographies, and images of people and places from Columbus. The library along with the Columbus Historical Society has also created the Columbus Memory Project that has a collection of "Teachers Resources". One in particular is entitled African Americans in Columbus, Ohio and provides an overview of our past from the late 1700's to the 2000's . For programming at Columbus Metropolitan Library go to our "Events" page. Once there select the month of February and search either "African" and/or "black history" for a list of events.
Check out these and other activities or events taking place to celebrate Black History Month. If you know of an event please add a comment to this blog.
I previously mentioned how much fun I used to have on Halloween and now the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Chanukah and other celebrations are just around the corner. As we gather together to celebrate with family and friends we often find ourselves steeped in family traditions through ceremony, decoration and food. Cyndi's List is a great website for finding genealogical information on the web and has a section on "Recipes, Cookbooks & Family Traditions". Check Cyndi's List out and see how tradition plays an important part in our lives and our family's history. Who knows you might find another fun tradition or recipe to add to your own family's experience.
How have you and your family celebrated during the holidays? Please take a moment to share a favorite holiday tradition, memory, story or recipe here on this blog.
Check out the October/November 2010 issue of Internet GENEALOGY for a list of the "Top 30 Websites for Family Research". Included are free and commercial sites that may require a fee. I thought I'd highlight a couple of the free websites below.
Chronicling America. If you want to see if your ancestors were written up in a newspaper or read a newspaper published at the time they lived, then Chronicling America is a source where you will find a collection of digitized and fully searchable U.S. newspapers from 1880 to 1922. Currently this includes select newspapers from over 20 states including Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania with a plan to include significant newspapers from each state and U. S. territory between the years 1836 and 1922. There is a searchable directory of newspapers where you'll find information about newspapers published from 1690 to the present day and where they are archived. This is a great source and it's free, thanks to the efforts of the Library of Congress and many others.
Digital Library of American Slavery. The Digital Library of American Slavery is a searchable database of personal information on over 150,000 people including slaves, slaveholders and free persons of color. This data has been compiled from legislative and court records such as court proceedings, inventories, petitions, wills and more. You can search by name or subject and you'll find a brief transcript of the record with information on what repository or archives has the original records.
Linkpendium. Want to find out if there are any records online in the area where your ancestors lived? Linkpendium is organized by state then county and list the records of a given area that are available online. You'll typically find records for cemeteries, obituaries, churches, court, newspapers, schools, and much, much more. Please keep in mind that it will refer you to sites that are free and some that are commercial subscription sites as well.
So check these out and if you're interested in the reading the full article you'll find "Internet GENEALOGY" in the Genealogy, History & Travel division at the Main Library downtown.
Looking for your African American Ancestors?
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that the library is a great place to begin or continue research on your
African American ancestors. Next Saturday (September 18th) the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society's African American Interest Group will be hosting the African American Genealogy Day at the Library. Please be sure and register by Friday, September 17th. For more information please read the posting from August 31, 2010 about the program.
In the past I've also mentioned some specific resources about African American genealogy research check out the July 21, 2010 and February 3, 2010 postings.
The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society's African-American Interest Group will be holding it's second annual genealogy day (Saturday, September 18, 2010, here at the Main Library. The theme is "What Didn't You Ask Your Grandmother, Reclaiming Your Heritage". Anyone from beginners to seasoned researchers are welcome to attend this all day mini-conference. Classes offered this year include: Beginning Genealogy, Writing Your LIfe Stories & Oral Histories, Voices From Our Elders, Using Google, Military History, African American Timelines Directories 1870-1900 and African American Settlements, Schools, Churches and Cemeteries. During lunchtime you'll have the opportunity to do research in the library, take a brief orientation to the library's genealogy collection, or attend several roundtable sessions on doing African-American research in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Date: September 18, 2010
Where: Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main LIbrary (Downtown at 96 S. Grant Avenue)
Cost: FREE (bring your own lunch or visit area restaurants)
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND!
You may register by telephone at 614-849-1242 or visit the Genealogy, History & Travel Division at the Main Library (downtown at 96 S. Grant Avenue).