Slave Ancestors Webinar

Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy

Illinois State Genealogical Society webinars are an excellent educational resource and, when viewed live, are free!  Archived webinars are available only to members (ISGS membership is $35 per year *hint*hint*grin*).

As a genealogist with an interest in African-American genealogy (spurred on by having been a foster parent to three great daughters), I’m very excited by this upcoming (April 11. 2017) webinar.  Registration should still be open; check it out!

The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this session, learn how to combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to confirm or deny slave, slaveholder, and ancestral ties to one of history’s most peculiar institutions.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy and reverse genealogy. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred them to the online environment.

UPCOMING WEBINARS: For a listing of upcoming webinars, visit the ISGS website.

ISGS webinars are held on the second Tuesday of each month and begin at 8 PM Central. Each webinar is about an hour long.