Saturday, January 31, 2015

Black Family History Day, February 15, 2015

The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, with the support of the Oakland FamilySearch Library, will hold its seventh Black Family History Day on the Sunday of Presidents' Day weekend, February 15, 2015.  The society's event, created to celebrate Black History Month, began in 2011.

The family history day will take place from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California.  There is no charge to participate, but it helps if you preregister, so we have a better idea of how many people to expect.

New researchers will attend a short introductory workshop and then receive assistance in creating their initial family tree charts.  From there they will go to one-on-one assistance and start to learn how to do research and search for documents about their families.  Attendees who already have some research experience will be able to go directly to the one-on-one research stage.  Whether you're a beginner or already have done some work, it's a good idea to bring copies (please leave your originals at home!) of the information you have so it's at hand if you need to check it.

I have helped at every Black Family History Day since the first one, and I will maintain my perfect attendance record by being there this year also.  (Lucky for me, it's the day after RootsTech/FGS ends, and I was able to schedule my return flight for late Saturday.)  I really enjoy helping people learn how to find their family histories, so I'm looking forward to another fun day of family discoveries!

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