African Heritage Day
February 10, 2017
From Africa to America and Back: Celebrating the Journey and Practices That Connect Us to Our African Roots
Speakers on African Heritage Day
You know him from Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation. Come listen and learn from this inspiring actor, author, and entrepreneur who has been popular, relevant, and successful for more than three decades.
Do you need to know how to get started researching African American family history? You have come to the right place. Beginners will learn the process to begin research on African American family history using free technology resources available online. Many times African American research is a difficult process and cannot be found in conventional ways. This class will help participants learn the process, tips, tricks, and resources to research and document African American families.
America’s youth between 1982 and 2000 now number 83.1 million and are more diverse than the generations that preceded them with 44.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group. Many of these millennials identify as African American and have relatives, who likely don’t check the same racial designation box as them, who are eager to help them trace their genealogy. In this session, learn the basics of researching African American genealogy, and have a safe space to ask burning questions.
All genealogy has the so-called brick walls or genealogy challenges. This session will help you consider your research goals, understand what you are looking for, and what challenges you will face in researching African Americans. In addition, attendees will be provided with some tools and online resources that are available to help combat the challenges.
Using illustrative examples, this session demonstrates how DNA analysis, when used in concert with traditional genealogical research methods, can help family historians overcome challenges unique to African-American genealogy research.
This special cultural performance will be held in the demo theater of the expo hall.