Virtual Workshop: African American Genealogy with American Ancestors

April 16, 2024 5:00 PM

Getting Started in African American Genealogy 

Researching African American ancestors can be challenging, especially when trying to break through the 1870 brick wall to discover more about ancestors prior to the end of slavery. In this presentation, Genealogist Melanie McComb will discuss go-to records and demonstrate creative search strategies for piecing together your family history.  

Participants will receive digital handout sheets, to start their research journey. 

Melanie McComb, Senior Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is an international lecturer who teaches on a variety of topics. Melanie holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. She previously served as the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit that creates a community for younger genealogists, where she managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts. She continues her interest in helping younger genealogists get involved at American Ancestors by assisting with educational programs from local schools, scout groups, and universities. Her areas of expertise include Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records. 

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 1845, NEHGS is America’s founding genealogical organization and is the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-right website, education opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

5:00 PM EST 

Virtual via Zoom 

DeKalb History Center Members $7.50 / Non Member $15