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Creating a Research Plan: Tips from NEHGS Research Services

Thursday, March 15, 2018 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services

With all of the genealogical information at your fingertips today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, go down research rabbit holes, and lose focus. In this webinar, NEHGS Director of Research Services, Lindsay Fulton will offer tips on how to make a research plan and stick to it! Using templates, worksheets, and other research tools available at, you’ll learn how to stay organized and get the most out of your research time.

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Genealogy Essentials:African-American Genealogy Part II: Next Steps

From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States.  A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage.  Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical research material.

This class will recommend next steps in the pursuit of African-American family history that might be useful after exhausting basic introductory resources.

Date: March 27, 2018 | Free Admission

Location: The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), New York, NY, 10018

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A Checklist of African American Resources

by Angela Walton-Raji   |   Intermediate   |   African American

Beyond the usual databases for census and vital records, this session will outline critical collections to find African American families. Using resources from the Schomburg research center to the Smithsonian, this session will explore the unknown and lesser known resources for documenting African American families.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018  | Time: 2:00pm Eastern . 1:00pm Central

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The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women

by Jeanne Bloom, CG   |   Intermediate   |   Finding Females
Like using negative space in art, the successful identification of women is often accomplished by using the records of friends and family.
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018  | Time: 8:00pm Eastern . 7:00pm Central
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Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern research

by Diane L. Richard   |   Intermediate   |   Freedmen’s Bureau Records
The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by many living from DE to TX. The Freedmen’s Bureau Records are full of pertinent records; not just the records of freed slaves. While records of freedmen are found, a lot information about ALL impoverished southerners is also found. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or  children might be found in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc. If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract.
Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 | Time: 2:00pm Eastern . 1:00pm Central
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Podcast Episode 226 – Black History Month: Advances In African American Research / 199 Cemeteries To See Before You Die!

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