Saturday, March 07, 2009

NGS: African-American Genealogy Forum May 2009

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the National Genealogical Society.

African-American Genealogy Forum

On Tuesday, 12 May 2009, the North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, will offer an African-American Genealogy Forum. The program is free, but space is limited to 200 so you need to register for this all-day event.

If you have already registered for the NGS Family History Conference and you want to attend this outstanding pre-conference event, go to and register today.

The program features the following presentations: 8:00–9:00 am: Dr. John Quinly Williams, agricultural scientist and author of the forthcoming publication, God, Guts, and Game—Survival of Three African American Families: 1747-2000

9:30–10:30 am: Dorothy Spruill Redford, retired curator, Somerset Place, and author of the 1986 publication, Somerset Homecoming

11:00 am–12:00 noon: Dr. Barnetta McGhee White, author of Somebody Knows My Name

12:00–1:30 pm: Lunch on your own

1:30–3:00 pm: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, who wrote and produced the PBS documentary African American Lives, the first documentary series to employ genealogy and genetic science to provide an understanding of African American history.

3:30–4:45 pm: Panel Discussion with the above presenters plus special guest, Bill Haley, son of Alexander Haley of Roots fame