Black Family History Day Was a Success!

View from the Oakland Family History Library
AAGSNC members preparing for the event

On Sunday, February 20, the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California held Black Family History in conjunction with the Oakland Family History Center.    This event was a massive success and was the brainchild of Electra Kimble Price who was graciously assisted by Judith Collins, Diana Ross, and Jackie Stewart.

There were nearly 200 people in attendance.  Writer and historian Antoinette Broussard, author of African American Celebrations and Holiday Traditions, was on hand as a speaker and volunteer genealogists were available to answer genealogy questions and provide individual family research assistance.

Here are words from those who attended and/or volunteered:

“The event was great.  The Family Search Center was beautifully decorated with  flowers and African Artifacts.  The Center surprised Electra [Price] with a cake to  honor her years of service in genealogy. The cake was presented at our volunteer gathering before the official meeting.

The Center head estimated the crowd at  200.  The visitors were very enthusiastic.  It was so much fun to watch people with their first experience seeing their family in a census.  The speaker was excellent.  She had interesting genealogical material and was a fine presenter.

AAGSNC member, Diana Ross, performing her volunteer duties.

The center was so happy with the turnout.  They thought they might have a similar event in about three months.”
– Diana Ross, Member, AAGSNC

Judith Collins (center with blue scarf) assisting attendees.

“The Black Family History Day at the {Regional} Oakland Family History Center was  AWESOME! – did I say awesome? The response from the public was magical. People literally came in waves! It was great to see everyone pulling and working
together as ancestors were located, one by one.”
– Judith Collins, Member, AAGSNC
; Instructor, African American Genealogy Research Workshop

Electra Price being honored by John Jex of the Oakland FHC
The cake and refreshments to honor Electra
Electra's award of excellence
AAGSNC board member, Bill Melson (left), assisting an attendee with their genealogy
Most of the workstations were full on the day of the event

Antoinette Broussard during her presentation

Some of the events younger attendees, from a local Jack and Jill Chapter
The FHC was beautifully decorated for the event

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