Thursday Evening, February 16, 2012
WEBINAR – 7:00 until 8:30 PM
With Presenters Jim Ison, AG, CG, and Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. :
Migration Patterns: An Alternative for Locating African Origins
Jim Ison will discuss how DNA testing has become the only option for many in learning about African origins. As popular as DNA is in providing clues to ancestral origins, there are limitations to what can be learned using DNA tests. Learn major migration patterns of millions of African Americans from colonial America to the deep South and on to Northern states and, how the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database can provide insights into African origins.
Voices from the Past: Using Manuscripts in African American Research
Deborah Abbott will help us understand how Manuscripts, which normally are not found online, are one of the most underutilized resources in genealogical research. These primary sources help to bring ancestors to life by adding history, feelings and personalities to the people who lived before us. Letters, diaries, photographs, oral histories, journals, and memoirs are just a few of the documents found in manuscript collections. Learn how to locate these records and become familiar with the repositories that hold them.
Jim Ison, AG, CG, is a manager at the Family History Library. He was the first director of the FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Presenter at AAHGS, International Black History Summit, NGS and FGS. Former national Board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and past President and Vice-President of the Utah Chapter of APG.
Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and currently serves as a Trustee on the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Board. She is past-president of the African-American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS) and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees from Tuskegee University (Alabama) and the Ph.D. degree from Kent State University (Ohio).