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Troy Workshop on African-American Genealogical Research in Dothan

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Troy Workshop on African-American Genealogical Research in Dothan

Troy Workshop on African-American Genealogical Research in Dothan


[dropcap]DOTHAN[/dropcap], AL (WTVY) A renowned expert on Alabama genealogical records will lead a workshop on the challenges and best research practices for researching African-American family histories at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library on Saturday, May 21.[two_third padding=”0 30px 0 0″]Presented by Troy University, the “African American Genealogical Research in Alabama” workshop is part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, a summer event aimed at enhancing Wiregrass residents’ understanding of the importance of their historical documents and photographs as well as preserving them for researchers across the state.

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Frazine K. Taylor, former head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will present the workshop, which will contain three lessons: Useful Resources in Overcoming the Challenges of African-American Genealogical Research, Genealogy at Its Worst: Researching Convicts’ Records, and Speaking from the Grave: What Will Your Ancestors Tell You?

“Because of the significant disparities of social place and power between white and black Alabamians during the eras of slavery and racial segregation, African-American genealogical resources are often very different,” said Dr. Marty Olliff, director of the Wiregrass Archives. “Ms. Taylor opens this world of sources to her students. Everyone who attends will gain an appreciation for the research strategies and sources they might not have considered using.”

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Taylor is a highly sought after speaker and panelist in the field of genealogy. She is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Society of Alabama Archivists and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Historical Association.

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