The big 4 of the genealogy industry include Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage. This piece analyzes the strengths and limitations of Findmypast.
4 Easy-to-Follow Steps for African-American Genealogy Newbies. This is the first of a two-part series exploring getting started with African-American genealogy.
Highlighted by LeVar Burton’s heartwarming keynote address, the inaugural RootsTech African Heritage Day was a huge success. Renowned genealogists and storytellers Kenyatta Berry, Sherri Camp, and Melvin Collier also spoke about family roots and how their African heritage blesses their lives.
Most African-Americans don’t know their ancestry past a few generations. “There are some real profound obstacles to African-American family search, probably the most being the brick wall of 1870,” Moore explained. Enslaved Africans were not listed in the United States census before this time.
At RootsTech 2017, keynote speaker LeVar Burton showed a scene from the classic television miniseries Roots, where Kunta Kinte resists accepting a new name from his master and is whipped into verbal acceptance of the name Toby. Those attending felt the tension of the scene, and tears were visible during its viewing.
A frequent lecturer and writer, she focuses on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA. She is recognized for her work in Slave Ancestral Research and on Genealogy Roadshow. Berry has been featured in Real Simple, Jet, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Sacramento Bee, Wave Newspaper and other publications.
The second was Gene Roddenberry, the American television screenwriter and producer, best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. At a time when few African-Americans were read about in novels or seen on TV, Burton remembers being inspired by seeing African American actress Nichelle Nichols on the popular series.
To put it simply, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a man who knows his history, and if knowledge is power, he is a powerful man indeed. Gates has been awarded many titles, such as Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, to name a few.But those who have seen his documentaries and his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS, Finding Your ...
Kadeena Cox is a British parasport athlete competing in T38 sprints and C4 para-cycling events. She was part of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships and the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, in which she won world titles in the T37 100m and C4 500m time trial respectively.
Imagine meeting with prominent American celebrities and sharing with them their family history. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, has been doing just that for the past five years and he’s coming to RootsTech to share his experience.