The most difficult part of genealogical research for African Americans is finding and correctly identifying enslaved ancestors and their owners. Researching the slavery era requires time, patience, determination, and perseverance. This lecture will help you to identify the clues and resources needed to recreate the journey from slavery to freedom. Case studies will be used to illustrate how different methods and resources help connect former slave(s) to their slave holding families.
Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is an instructor as well as the coordinator for the African American tracts at IGHR (University of Georgia in Athens) and GRIP (LaRoche University in Pittsburgh). She is an instructor at SLIG in Salt Lake City, UT, and TIGHR in Dallas, TX. Dr, Abbott is a member of NGS, APG and GSG. A Cleveland, OH native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.