Africans to Americans Ancestry Workshop

April 27th 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Free Ancestry Workshop in conjunction with 17th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration

As part of the Africans to Americans: 400 Years of History event, the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration and St. Louis Public Library’s Genealogy Room are co-hosting a free workshop to help people of color trace their ancestry in America. Typical genealogical research strategies often fail when applied to enslaved African Americans. Come learn the value of tracing your family history and how to get started from a panel of experts!

Dr. Gina Paige, National Expert and found of African Ancestry will give the keynote address. The Ancestry Workshop schedule and speaker lineup is as follows:

Auditorium Lobby for Public Consults

10:30 – 12:30 Open for Public Consultations
Bring your DNA results or family tree for consultation with Association of African Ancestored Researchers & the St. Louis Public Library’s Genealogy Room

Auditorium for Speaker Event

12:35 Introduction of Speakers – All Speakers on stage

12:40 Connie Eller, “Walk the Dirt”-learn more about the value of tracing family history and visiting the places where your ancestors lived..and then go visit the places you are from!

1:10 Christopher Nordmann, “Locating Your Slave Ancestor’s Owner: A Case Study”-Trace an African American family in freedom back to slavery from Missouri to Kentucky to Virginia using a variety of records

1:40 LaDonna Garner, “Recording Families is Recording Local History”-Family groupings form neighborhoods, and neighborhoods shape into communities. Let’s preserve the artifacts of these communities as they are the blueprints of our local history.

2:10 Daniel Lilienkamp, “Manuscript Collections: A Tool for Finding Your Enslaved African American Ancestors”-Learn why typical U.S. genealogical research strategies often fail when applied to enslaved African Americans and how to begin researching slave owning families’ detailed plantation records to trace ancestry. (Followed by question and answers.)

3:30 Keynote Address – Dr. Gina Paige, founder of African Ancestry

4:30 Michael Butler DNA Reveal (St. Louis City recorder of Deeds) Dr. Paige will take audience questions following the reveal of the ancestry results of Michael Butler

Learn more about the 17th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration.

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Location

St. Louis Central Library Auditorium (lower level)

St. Louis Central Library Auditorium (lower level)

1301 Olive Street

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

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On street bike access

MetroBus #19, 41, 74, 97

The Civic Center MetroLink stop is less than a half mile walk. The 8th and Pine station is approximately a one-half mile walk to the library.

On street parking