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31 May 2010

Juneteenth Celebration at the Museum of the African Diaspora Hightlights Genealogy

Member Lisa Lee will be the featured speaker at the Juneteenth Celebration at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco on Saturday June 19, 2010. Lisa sent this information:

Join us for a day of reflection and an opportunity to trace your family’s lineage. Whether you’re a novice or an enthusiast, come participate in workshops designed to develop basic skills in gathering, preserving, and sharing your family’s history.

Saturday, June 19th, 11:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission, San Francisco (415) 358-7200

EVENT costs: $10, free for MoAD members.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES - Visit the Education Center and work with a MoAD artist to create your own screen printed family tree.  Also on view, a special screening of the PBS documentary, "Juneteenth:  A Celebration of Freedom"

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Researching Your Family History From Afar**
The workshop will show you how to find and access documents and databases from remote locations. County courthouses, state archives, local libraries may seem to be thousands of miles away, but with a few trusted tips and tricks, you can gain access to records from afar, and find even the most errant ancestors. Led by professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. African Genetic Ancestry
Gina Paige, President and Co-founder of AfricanAncestry.com, will lead an engaging and informative workshop that explores genetic ancestry tracing within historical, cultural, and scientific contexts. Learn how DNA technology can help you find your family’s roots, when the paper trail ends.

2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Beginning Genealogy for the 21st Century **
This workshop will show you how to make the most of online databases, what to avoid, and who to trust as you explore the internet to find your ancestral roots. Led by professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS

**For purchase the Genealogy Starter Kit, $30 (includes materials for workshop and one year subscription to gotgenealogy.com)

1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Family Day Activities
Visit the Education Center and work with a MoAD artist to create your own screen printed family tree. In the Heritage Center, hear audio recordings from Bay Area locals who participated in our first session of the Share Your Stories program and then sign up to record your own story. Also on view, a special screening of the PBS documentary, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom.

Juneteenth is a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. It was originated to commemorate the day that enslaved Africans in Texas received formal notification of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

For more information, contact the MoAD:  (415)  358-7200  www.moadsf.org

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

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