Friday, July 20, 2012


The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following genealogy workshop, Researching African American Genealogy, on Saturday, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:
Researching African American Genealogy

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join researcher and author, Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, as she teaches about genealogy research strategies and resources to help explore African American family history. The class will examine online resources, case studies, and use hands-on examples. Beginners and experienced family historians are welcome. Participants will have an opportunity to share information, conduct independent research, and consult with specialists in African American genealogy. Dr. Witherspoon will sign copies of her book, Researching Slave Ancestry; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Books must be pre-ordered prior to the event.

Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, a member of the National Genealogy Society and founding member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Interest Coalition (MAGIC), has conducted workshops for many organizations. In 1990, she published The Homecoming, a book about her family’s history, which is now in its second printing. Her second book, Researching Slave Ancestry, is designed to help African American families explore their roots, and develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of people’s lives.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email:

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit:

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