One of the biggest challenges in African American genealogy research is finding information about formerly enslaved persons before the 1870 U.S. federal census. This was the first census following emancipation and the first census that recorded former slaves by name. This presentation will provide a sample of sources which can help turn this research challenge into a fulfilling adventure.
Speaker, Elyse Hill, has been performing African American genealogy research for over 10 years.
She has written several genealogy research articles and was a First Place winner in the 2015 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Excellence in Writing competition. She is a 2012 graduate of Samford University's Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), " Researching African-American Ancestors" course and a 2016 graduate of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), "Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper".