African American Genealogy Series: Freedmen's Bureau Records

 African American Genealogy Series: Freedmen's Bureau Records

Learn about the rich impact of the Freedmen's Bureau and how to research your rich family history for FREE.

Taught by professional genealogists Sharon Gillins and Shamele Jordan of Black GenEx, these are virtual programs you won't want to miss.

Your Roots Are Waiting! Black Family Research Basics (via Zoom with Sharon Gillins)

Saturday, Feb. 5th , 10-11 am

There's no better time than now to live up to that promise you made to get started researching your family history. Make the moment count by starting with best practices that lead to discovery and results for African American ancestry! This presentation will introduce the methods, strategies, resources and organizational tools you'll need to start finding your own family roots. For beginning to intermediate researchers.


The Freedmen’s Bureau…the most important record group you never heard of! The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (via Zoom with Sharon Gillins)

Saturday, Feb. 12th , 10-11 am

If you're scratching your head about the national buzz and researcher excitement swirling around the records of the Freedmen's Bureau, this presentation is for you! Discover how this important Reconstruction-era record group can reveal details of your family's life during enslavement and immediately following emancipation. You will see examples of Freedmen’s Bureau records that includes how the records were generated, the type of information researchers can discover and how you can access them at home. This presentation will prepare you for hands-on research in the records.


Freedmen's Bureau eXperience (via Zoom with Shamele Jordan)

Saturday, Feb. 19th , 10 am – 12 noon

Join professional genealogist Shamele Jordon as she introduces participants to aspects of the Freedmen’s Bureau. During this interactive two-hour workshop, participants will be guided through the methodology needed to effectively research in the Records of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (1863 - 1876). Participants will learn strategies and tools for exploring these records and then have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge with hands-on research in state breakout rooms. Registration is required. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code the day of the program. Please include your email in the registration. Please note: You must sign into the room prior to the start of the program. All start times are Central Time. Space is limited. Participants will receive instructions by email for how to gear-up for the experience. Pre-requisite: The Freedmen’s Bureau…the most important record group you never heard of! The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands on February 12th.


For more information, call or email Lauren Henry at 409-763-8854 ext. 117.