Monday, February 20, 2012

Historical Black Newspapers Talk at CGS

This Saturday, February 25, I will present my new talk on using online historical black newspapers for genealogical research, at the California Genealogical Society.  I've said before that newspapers can provide incredible amounts of information that will help you in your research.  An important aspect of researching black family history is that the major newspapers often did not publish items about members of the black community.  Newspapers published by and for the black community stepped up to fill that void.  Along with the kinds of things you'd expect -- births, marriages, deaths, military service, moves, hobbies, civic involvement, etc. -- you can also find stories specific to that community, such as personal ads searching for lost family members and historical reminiscences that include the names of former slave owners.

There is still room in the class, which will be 1:00-2:30 p.m. at CGS, 2201 Broadway Lower Level, Oakland, California.  You can register online.  Members of CGS attend for free as a membership benefit; nonmembers pay a nominal fee which can be applied to membership.

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