Keynote & Presenters
Dr. Gregory Christopher, D. Min. Sr. Pastor
"A Proud Heritage"
Rontrell J Brimmer
"Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee"
Lyn Rasmussen, AG
Lyn works at the FamilySearch Library as a United States and Canada Research Specialist. Her emphasis is Southern States and African American research. She holds a BA in Family History—Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is a board-certified genealogist. Lyn regularly presents webinars at the Family History Library and virtual webinars for FamilySearch.
"The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands Freedmen's Bureau Records" Digital handout
Julia A. Anderson, AG
Getting Started with African American Research and African American Resources on Family Search
Getting Started with African American Research Syllabus
Gabriel Caussey-Lee & Jamel Jackson
"Preserving Your Family's Legacy"
Gabriel Causey is a Washington native. His interest in genealogy began as he listened to his maternal grandparents share stories about their ancestors’ origins in Louisiana and Mississippi. After nearly two decades of research, Gabriel has been able to trace back seven generations.
Jamel Jackson is originally from Albany, NY. After enlisting into the Army National Guard in 2009, I moved to Tacoma, WA. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching elementary/middle school Physical Education.
As I grew up in a very large family with great traditions, family reunions and teachings of our family history were a major part of my childhood.
So when I was introduced to FamilySearch, I was immediately intrigued. I've been so thrilled to have this tool to share with my immediate and extended family.
"The African American Families Project"
Joe's record linking lab has been working to dramatically improve the information available to African Americans, and help create new discovery experiences for people of African descent. The project has added over six million African Americans to the FamilySearch Family Tree site using data from the 1900 and 1910 US Census. His organization works with volunteers to connect these individuals to their extended family members using record hints and public member trees on other websites. This course is of special value to those who have black or African American ancestry doing similar work, and how to add in what they know about their family to the FamilySearch data.
Joe Price is a professor of economics at Brigham Young University and the Director of the BYU Record Linking Lab (rll.byu.edu). The lab combines machine learning and family history to automatically index historical records, link records together, and create new family history experiences.
Joe's record linking lab has been working to dramatically improve the coverage of African Americans on the Family Tree as a way to create new discovery experiences using automated tools. The lab has added over six million African Americans to the FamilySearch International Family Tree.
Sharon Leslie Morgan
"Discover the Dreamers"
How to begin your family research and make a bridge to healing the historical harm of slavery.