WHS presents African-American genealogy conference: Looking For A Home June 21 & 22

African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home Experience a two-day adventure into African-American genealogy, featuring internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer, Tony Burroughs. African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home will be held June 21-22 at the Pyle Center in Madison. View or download a flier describing the African-American genealogical resources available at the Wisconsin Historical Society (PDF 141 KB). The featured speaker, Tony Burroughs, taught at Chicago State University. His book, “Black Roots: A … [Read more...]

Understanding History: African-American Burial Traditions

Cemeteries are a treasure trove of historic information. Names, dates, relationships, professions, property can all be gleaned by studying the gravestones and death records of those who lived long ago. But what about historic African-American cemeteries? What sort of information can be found about the people who lie interred there? Often precious little. That’s because many of these cemeteries lack markers and written records can be hard to find. “A lot of African-American or minority cemeteries don’t look like others,” explains Georgette … [Read more...]