IHS hosts renowned genealogist Tony Burroughs on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The Six Phases of African-American Genealogy are what Burroughs has identified as the building blocks of African-American family history research.
Because researchers do not get far only entering family names in Google, they must understand what types of records to seek out first, as well as the obstacles and complexities associated with African-American research. Recognizing the challenges and establishing strong building blocks leads to successes that can be built upon. This program illustrates an overview of the six phases, pointing out methods and sources for each, and progresses from beginning to advanced research.
Burroughs taught genealogy at Chicago State University for 15 years. He is the author of Black Roots: A Beginner?s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree and has consulted on genealogies for Rev. Al Sharpton (connecting his ancestors to those of the late U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond), Oprah Winfrey and African American Lives 2 on PBS. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society and is a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.
Cost for the class is $10, and $8 for IHS members. Admission to the Indiana Experience on May 21 is complimentary for class attendees, who are also invited to an afternoon screening of the new WFYI documentary Freedom Riders in the Basile Theater at 1:30 p.m. Participants are eligible for two general Library Education Units (LEUs).
Register online or call (317) 232-1882.