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International Black Genealogy Summit Schedule Overview
for the Conference


9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Registration & Attendee Welcoming for Pre-Conference and Conference

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Session A - Identifying Slave Owners
by Tony Burroughs
Session B - From Brush Harbor to Camp Meeting: How To Get The Story
by Roberta Ridley
Session C - Precious Jewels, Preserving Church History
by Mary Vaughn
Session D - Presentation on Medical Conditions and Chronic Illnesses Prevalent in African Americans & How It Ties into Family Health History Research
by Dr. Debra Miller, MD

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Session E - Family History - What You Need to Know
by Dr. Gretchen Neff, MS, CGC
Session F - Overcoming Brick Walls & Other Barriers: Nontraditional Resources for Family Research
by Dr. Ruby Cain
Session G - Why It Is Important for Your Church to Record and Preserve Its History
by Dr. Miles S. Edwards

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Session H - Brown-bag, informal, moderated luncheon forum on African American genealogical research challenges and successes
Moderator: Dr. Miles S. Edwards

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Session I - Using "Black Roots" in Your Genealogical Research
by Tony Burroughs
Session J - Harvesting the Ancestors
by Mike Robertson
Session K - Searching for My Identity
by Gladys Wilson

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Session M - "Meet the Authors" book discussion and book signing

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Session O - The movie "Glory" will be shown in the Allen County Public Library's theater. A special souvenir gift from the Allen County Public Library and the "Lincoln in Indiana" Programming Committee will be presented

9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Session P - Extended research hours in the Genealogy Center for conference attendees


FRIDAY - October 30, 2009
NOTE: Registration begins on Thursday, October 29, 2009 and is open until 9 p.m. that day.

7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Opening Session:
Welcome - Algurie Wilson, Conference Chair
Features of - Lisa Arnold
"Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe:" The Abundance of African American Resources in Fort Wayne's Genealogy Center - Curt B. Witcher

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
01 - Tracing Your African Americans Ancestry: Where to Start - Frazine K. Taylor
02 - Avoiding Pitfalls in Native American Research - Angela Y. Walton-Raji
03 - There's More in Them Thar Census Schedules - Carolyn Corpening Collins Rowe
04 - Using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) for African American Research - James Ison, AG, CG

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) & Research Time

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
05 - Researching Contraband Camps - Tony Burroughs, FUGA
06 - The Power of Blogging - Drusilla Pair
07 - Genealogical Resources in Latin America - Daniel Horowitz
08 - What's New at - Cherie Bush and Karen Jepson

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
09 - The Great Migration: Goin' to the Promise Land, Chicago - Eric A. Smith
10 - He Owned Our People: One Plantation, Two Families, Two States - North Carolina & Virginia - Deborah Abbott, PhD and Char McCargo Bah
11 - The African-American Collection at - Lisa Parry Arnold
12 - Gateway to Family Research: Records of the Panama Canal - Reginald Washington

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour
No-host bar — Grand Wayne Convention Center

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - International Black Genealogy Summit Banquet
Grand Wayne Convention Center — African attire encouraged
Banquet Keynote Speaker: Dorothy Spruill Redford
Topic: "May the Circle Be Unbroken: Honoring Your Past, Embracing Your Future"
An outstanding author, researcher, and lecturer! A presentation you won't want to miss!

SATURDAY - October 31, 2009

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
13 - Freedmen's Bureau: Field Office Research Strategies - Shamele Jordan
14 - Genealogy File and Time Management - Shelley Murphy
15 - Catholic Sacramental Records: A Source for Louisiana Researchers - Jari C. Honora
16 - DNA & African Americans - Bennett Greenspan
17A - Finding and Using African American Newspapers, Part 1 - Tim Pinnick

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
17B - Finding and Using African American Newspapers, Part 2 - Tim Pinnick
18 - Mama Uztah Say! A Biography of Love for an African American Mother - B. Arkela Revels, PhD
19 - Reconnecting Lost Links in the Reconstruction Period - David E. Paterson
20 - Recording Your Family Health History - LaDonna Garner, CGSM
21 - Evidence of Faith: Demonstration Model of Incorporating Faith History in the Family History Process - Rev. Khadijah Matin, M.S.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - International Black Genealogy Summit Luncheon
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Hana Stith
Topic: "The Role of African American Museums"
Founder of the African/African American Historical Museum in Fort Wayne and a passionate local historian. It is a must-hear presentation.

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
22 - Publishing and Self-Publishing - Bernard Wilson
23 - Telling the Story: Beyond Trees and Charts - Nathania A. Branch Miles
24 - Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research - Curt Witcher
25 - Creating A Family History - Donna Odom
26 - Creating Genealogical Tools Using Microsoft® Excel - Sam T. Ward

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
27 - "Etched in Stone" Preserving the Black Family Through Oral, History, Death Records, Obituaries and Tombstone Inscriptions - Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis
28 - Photo Restoration From Start to Finish Demonstration - Eric Basir
29 - Some Were Freedmen and Some Were Slaves: Finding Their Women Slave Masters - Virginia-Char McCargo Bah
30 - Ancestors on Holiday: Places of Leisure of 19th Century African Americans - Patsy M. Fletcher

Free Reception on the Museum's block of East Douglas Avenue. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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