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Black Family History Series

An interest and knowledge of your family’s ancestors is a common question for most American families. What parent or grandparent hasn’t had a child ask about the family history and where they came from? It can be especially challenging for African Americans to find information about their ancestors. Join us for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting your family’s history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others around your family history. Registration is not required; however a free lunch will be provided if you RSVP to

Saturday, February 3
10:00 am Why Genealogy: An Introduction to Researching Your African American Ancestry
1:30 pm Uncovering Your African American Genealogical Treasure Trove Hiding in the Attic

Saturday, February 10
10:00 am Even Gangsters Had to Register: WWI Draft Cards and Selected Service
1:30 pm Freedman’s Bureau

Saturday, February 17
10:00 am Schedules, Wills, and Probate
1:30 pm The Census: How to Use It and Track Family Members

Saturday, February 24
10:00 am The ABCs of DNA
1:30 pm African Americans in Grand Rapids, Pre-Civil War and Post Slavery

Black Family History Series
  • Times:  10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • February 3, 2018 to February 24, 2018
  • Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Branch
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday