On February 11, 2012, the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC held it’s third Black Family History Day at the Oakland Family History Center. In addition to offering assistance with family research, attendees were able to hear from 23andMe’s Dr. Joanna Mountain about the Roots into the Future Project. For more on that project, please see a previous post on this blog.
Here are words from some of the folks who volunteered:
“I was a consultant during The Black Family Day Event. It was both exciting for me as well as those I assisted as they found records of their family and ancestors. At times, it was quiet emotional when an attendee found a military draft card with the signature of an ancestor. Then, there was the joy in the eyes of two sisters locating their parents on a census record. I am sure at this special event our Ancestors rejoiced and applauded all of us.”
Jackie Stewart, AAGSNC Member, Program Committee Chair
“It is such a pleasure to share the joy of the visitors when they make their first find of a family member in a census. Now, they really begin to believe that learning about genealogy can help find their family history. They often become interested in making connections with their elderly aunts and grandmothers. They talk about reaching out to family members they haven’t talked to for a long time that might know some family history. We help guide them to begin or expand their ability to do their own research.We encourage them to take advantage of the benefits of joining a genealogy group or attending classes and making use of the Family History Center.”
Diana Ross, AAGSNC Member, Outreach and Education Committee
The next Black Family History Day will be taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Registration is now open, so if you missed this one, be sure to register in advance for the next one! For more photos, please see below or visit our Facebook page.