AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[CA] Oakland Workshop for Beginners
OAKLAND — African-American genealogy experts are offering help to beginners at a local "Reaching Back" workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of the Roots Simulcast effort.
The workshop, "Family History Research for Beginners," will be broadcast simultaneously to three Northern California locations, including Eastmont Town Center.
Pre-registration is $5, and on-site registration is $10. The fee includes materials and refreshments.
The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Urban Black Studies, OCCUR, Allen Temple Baptist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Oakland Post and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
It includes a panel of genealogists to help participants get started and "keep going" in researching their family histories.
They include Electra Price, founder of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California.
Carolyn C. Rowe, president of the Afro-American Historical Genealogy Society, and Jim Ison, director of family history research for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, are keynote speakers. Pianist, composer and arranger Jacqueline Hairston will perform.
"We are particularly reaching out to our youth and have waived the registration fee for those who are 18 and younger," said Ron McClain of Oakland, one of the workshop organizers. "We believe our youth can be the key to getting their entire family involved in genealogy and keeping them involved."
The workshop is being broadcast live by the Latter-day Saints from their Family History Center in Oakland. In addition to Eastmont Town Center, 7200 Bancroft Ave., church sites in San Francisco and Sacramento will receive the program.
To register, or for more information, call 510-531-0704.