Research: Free African American Genealogy Resources, Webinars, and Events in 2018

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The editorial team decided to put together a quick listing of resources for you to reboot your genealogy searches this year. We have found two excellent FREE archived webinars available for viewing and to add to your resource archive. In like manner, we have more resources available that you might be interested in during Black History Month 2018 below this information. As the year goes along check back for more free resources to help aid you in your research efforts.

Making a Breakthrough in your African American Research

Archive | Date of Presentation: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

African American research poses unique challenges. That’s why and Wal-Mart have partnered up to present a free, one-hour webinar on researching your Black roots. African American research specialist Marjorie Sholes will take you step-by-step through the process she used to trace one of her own ancestors, showing you the tips and tricks she discovered along the way. In particular, she’ll focus on how to identify slave owners to unlock the history of your slave ancestors. You’ll also learn what resources are available on and elsewhere to aid in your research.

Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy

Archive | Date of Presentation: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Even the most seasoned genealogist can make mistakes, especially when it comes to the complexities of African American research. World-renowned genealogy expert Tony Burroughs has taken wrong paths in his decades of research, but has discovered ways to avoid some common missteps. Benefit from his unique wisdom and experience with as we present “Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy.” This free webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to journey with one of the world’s foremost genealogists and find success as you search for your Black roots.

Access Videos for both presentations via – scroll through list to view presenations here:

Legacy Tree Live

February is Black History Month in the U.S. To celebrate, we’re hosting a special Legacy Tree Live broadcast, where one of our genealogists will be answering YOUR questions on African American genealogy research. 

Have a question regarding tracing your African American ancestors? You’re not alone! This research can be notoriously difficult! Submit YOUR question by February 9th at

Join us for the FREE scheduled LIVE broadcast on the Legacy Tree Genealogists Facebook page for answers on Wednesday, February 21st at 9 a.m. MST.

Register for the The Family DNA Project

Genetic genealogy truly bears fruit if multiple family members on multiple lines of the family have tested. Learn how to create and manage a project for your family while being mindful of privacy and sensitive issues that may arise.

Presenter: Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Date: Friday, June 08, 2018  | Time: 2 PM EST | Cost: FREE | Register here

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