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Join the Lemon Project Genealogy Initiative’s Summer Sankofa Series for monthly free workshops on various topics of interest to the genealogist. Online registration required for each individual workshop. 


Thursday, June 9

The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved with Nicka Sewell-Smith – register here

Genealogists and family historians alike have spent decades looking for a tried and true method for unearthing slaveholders of those enslaved prior to 1865. Learn how three crucial record sets (Civil War Pensions, the Freedmen’s Bureau, and Probates/Successions) can become just the wrecking ball needed to obliterate brick walls related to slavery.


Thursday, July 14

Recognizing and Sharing Family Treasures with Bessida Cauthorne White – register here

Family treasures are highly valued possessions that may have been passed down from generation to generation or they may be newly acquired. They hold special meaning and tell stories about family experiences. White will talk about determining what is a family treasure or heirloom, as well as documenting the history and significance of family treasures. She will discuss using family treasures to explore and communicate family history and to shed light on the broader African-American story.


Thursday, August 11

We Carry the DNA of our Ancestors: A Genetics and Genealogy Workshop with Dr. Raquel Fleskes – register here

Over the last twenty years, DNA has been used to understand personal and family history using the tools of genetic genealogy. However, understanding the science behind these tools is important to ensure that results are not over-interpreted. During this workshop, we will review the differences between mitochondrial, Y chromosome, and autosomal genetic tests, and how they can be applied to genealogical research.

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