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Alabama State Black Geneology Series

Montgomery, AL (BlackNews.com) — Researching family history requires education, patience, time-consuming research, and careful documentation. Although genealogy can be defined as the study involving tracing family roots, it requires more than self-taught skills. Educational institutions as well as individuals are beginning to put together instructional courses to meet these needs.

To address genealogist needs, Alabama State University (ASU) will launch the first of a series of biennial Genealogy Colloquia on June 21-26, 2015. It will concentrate solely on black colonial, antebellum, reconstruction and civil rights era records located at Alabama State University, Alabama Department of Archives and History and other sites. Moreover, it offers instructions in recent technology relative to general genealogical computing and specifically “Building a Family Website”.

The Genealogy Colloquium (GC) is an educational opportunity for discovery, critical evaluation and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by national and local prominent genealogical educators. Coordinating the Colloquium is Mrs. Frazine Taylor, especially well-known for her many genealogical workshops as head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives, and her book, Researching African American Genealogy: Alabama: A Resource Guide (2008).

Participants will be able to learn more about researching family history at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); repositories where African- American records can be located; myths and common mistakes that lead African-Americans genealogical researchers down the wrong path; distinctive types of records that document African-American biological lines and building context for civil rights research and historical overview. The colloquium includes lectures on these and related topics on the use of genealogical sources and methodology. The Colloquium is academically and professionally oriented and is sponsored by the Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC); National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture (NCSCRAAC) and ASUs Division of Continuing Education.

For registration and class schedule, visit https://cs.psadmin.alasu.edu:8401/csstest.php

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