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International Black Genealogy Summit - Oct 2009
The public is invited to attend the International Black Genealogy Summit, which will be held October 29-31, 2009 at the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, IN. This momentous event signifies the first time that all of the black historical and genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean will come together to celebrate the joys and challenges of black genealogy.
The first meeting to host a national black genealogy conference was held at the conclusion of the 7th annual West Coast Summit on African American Genealogy, held in Phoenix, AZ (2007). The idea to host this event is the brainchild of three visionaries: Genealogist Ronald W. Higgins; Marjorie Sholes, professional genealogist, FGS Director and former President of the California African American Genealogical Society(CAAGS); and Curt Witcher, former president of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), former president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Department Manager for the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library.
The group was very excited about the prospect of having a national conference but wanted to expand it to an international conference to include all black genealogical and historical societies, thus the conference is to be called the International Black Genealogy Summit.
This conference is to include all AAHGS chapters, the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) of larger societies, the independent black groups that make up the West Coast Summit as well as independent black genealogical and historical societies in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.