African American Genealogy Conference

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September 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am – September 16, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Library of Virginia
800 E Broad St
Richmond, VA 23219

This Virginia-focused African American genealogy conference is sponsored by the Library, the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support by FamilySearch. Learn about genealogical records, research techniques, and the latest digital initiatives in African American family history from regional experts and Library of Virginia staff members. Keynote speaker Phillip Troutman (assistant professor of writing and history at The George Washington University) will discuss “The Domestic Slave Trade and its Effect on African American Family History.” Box lunches available for preorder when registering. Register now. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

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An African American Genealogy Workshop will take place from on Friday, September 15, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This three-hour workshop, presented by Library of Virginia Reference Archivist Cara Griggs, is $25 if purchased separately, but may be purchased with the Saturday conference for $50.

An optional Friday-evening reception and panel discussion (“Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help”) is free and open to the public. 5:30 PM to 7 PM.  For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.


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