As part of the annual National Genealogical Society Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri, St. Louis Genealogical Society, the local host, is happy to announce two exciting all-day events on Tuesday, 7 May 2019, for those doing African American and Irish research. These unique seminars bring specialists in African American and Irish research to St. Louis for a variety of classes, two special syllabuses, and a chance to network throughout the day.

African American Seminar

  • “Cluster Research: Finding Your Lost Ancestors” by Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. (Dr. Abbott is an instructor in several national genealogy programs, a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society, a board member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies, and a specialist in manuscript collections and methodology.)
  • “Researching African American Ancestors in Federal Records,” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, J.D.) Dr. Garrett-Nelson, who holds both a Master’s and Doctorate in law, is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a lecturer and author, especially about African Americans in the South.)
  • “African American Magazines, Serials, and Other Publications,” by Timothy N. Pinnick (Mr. Pinnick is an author, lecturer, and an associate instructor in the Researching African American Ancestors course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Georgia.)
  • “Separate but Unequal: Slave Laws and their Records,” by Judy G. Russell, J.D. (Dr. Russell has both a degree in law and certification as a professional genealogist and lecturer; she specializes in guiding researchers through “the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy come together,” and writes a blog called The Legal Genealogist.
  • “Slave Narratives,” by Ari Wilkins (Ms. Wilkins works at the Dallas Public Library and specializes in African American research.)

Irish Seminar

  • “What is an Irish Surname,” by John Grenham (One of the foremost experts in Irish research, Mr. Grenham is an author and internationally-known lecturer. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and the Genealogical Society of Ireland.)
  • “Irish Reverse Genealogy,” by John Grenham
  • “Introduction to Irish Law Libraries and their Records,” by David E. Rencher (Mr. Rencher is currently the director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch. He is past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a specialist in Irish research. He is both a certified and an accredited genealogist, a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and the Utah Genealogical Association.)
  • “Irish Immigration to the Port of New Orleans: Old Irish, New Irish, and Those Who Travelled to the Interior,” by Beth Stahr (Ms. Stahr has a Master’s in Library Science and is a certified genealogist. She is a librarian, an instructor and a nationally-known lecturer.)
  • “Irish Records of Anglo Irish,” by John Grenham

Each seminar costs $110 and includes lunch. The day begins at 8:15 a.m.

Pre-registration is required.

What Else?

  • Yes, you can register for this intensive day of learning without attending the conference.
  • You should plan to arrive at the location no later than 8:00 a.m. to check in and get seated.
  • There is free parking at the St. Charles Convention Center, just blocks from Interstate 70 and minutes from the St. Louis airport. Click here for a Google map showing the exact location.

Ready to register or to learn more? Click here to go to the NGS pre-conference page.