Fifth Anniversary Workshop

October 10, 2009

“Climbing Your Family Tree: African-American Genealogy in a Nutshell” is the title of a workshop to be given by Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society on Saturday, October 10, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Angel Visit Baptist Church, 29566 Tidewater Trail (Route 17), Dunnsville, VA.(map)


This workshop is presented in celebration of the organization’s 5th anniversary. It promises to be beneficial to both beginning researchers and to more seasoned researchers who are looking for resources to expand their family trees.


Selma Steward, of Newport News, a veteran researcher who is president of the Hampton Roads chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), will present an overview of African-American genealogy. Vanessa D. Porter, Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court of King and Queen County, will talk about family research in the county or city courthouse. Edwin B. Washington, Jr., of Oxon Hill, Maryland, webmaster for AAHGS and charter member of two AAHGS chapters, will discuss genealogy in the computer age. Ann Cates, Director of the Family History Center in Tappahannock, VA will describe the Center’s offerings. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.


Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society recently initiated the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Funeral Programs Project, a collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society and FamilySearch. Persons who have funeral programs are asked to lend them to the project so that they may be copied and made available to family historians and other researchers.


Program collection dates and times


Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society was formed in September of 2004. Its mission is to create and provide opportunities to encourage and enable African Americans to research, document, and publish their family histories and genealogies.


Anyone who is interested in genealogy is invited to attend the October 10 workshop. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to view family tree and photograph displays.


Flyer for the Program