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African-American Family History Conference Returning to St. Louis Sept. 12
(ST. LOUIS) - Seven area organizations, churches, and libraries will team up on Saturday, Sept. 12, to help local residents explore the past through their genealogy.
The Discover Your Roots African-American Family History Conference will gather, under one roof, extraordinary resources from around Missouri for all researcher skill levels at no cost to guests. Key event supporters include the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Genealogical Society, The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture, St. Louis County Library, Missouri State Archives, Missouri History Museum, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"We see a broad range of guests attend and gain valuable insight from the conference every year because that is how it is designed. It is intended for all types of family history researchers - from the weekend Internet searcher to the highly trained and skilled historian," said Bishop Daniel E. King, who leads the church congregation at 3905 McPherson Avenue in St. Louis where the conference is hosted each year.
A highlight of this year's conference - the third annual installment - will be keynote speaker and St. Louis author Dr. John Wright. Wright, assistant superintendent for the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is the author of "Discovering African American St. Louis - A Guide to Historic Sites,"
published in 1994 and re-released in 2002.
"African Americans have been part of the story of St. Louis from the city's founding in 1764. Unfortunately, most histories of the city have overlooked or ignored their vital role, allowing their influence and accomplishments to go unrecorded or uncollected; that is, until the publication of Discovering African American St. Louis: A Guide to Historic Sites," according to the publisher's notes.
Genealogy: A Hot Topic
The quest to discover one's genealogical roots is innate, not to mention growing in popularity thanks, in large part, to Internet sites like genealogy.com, familysearch.org, and ancestry.com.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, recently expressed their interest in genealogy following a visit in which President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the First Family with family history records dating back generations and covering hundreds of years.
"I'm grateful for the genealogical records that (Elder Oaks and Pres.
Monson) brought with them and am looking forward to reading through the materials with my daughters," Pres. Obama said. "It's something our family will treasure for years to come."
The Discover Your Roots conference runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at 3905 McPherson Avenue in St. Louis. Although the event is free and open to the public, advanced registration is required. To register, visit www.DiscoverYourRootsMO.com or call 314-533-0409.
Etta Daniels (left) President and historian of
Greenwood Cemetery helps conference attendee
Debbie Lancaster (right) search for her ancestors
among the cemetery records.