AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
Historical Significance Genealogy Dr. Marsh
Research at the National Archives and Beyond!
Thursday - July 27, 2012
Is genealogy just documenting your bloodline or is it telling a larger story about the time and place your family lived?
Dr. Pearl-Alice Marsh will explore this question and others to help us embrace our history and understand why it is significant to your genealogical research.
Dr. Pearl-Alice Marsh began her genealogical research 20 years ago as an oral history project. She recognized that as family and friends grew older their stories were important to the history of the Depression-era African-American migration to the Pacific Northwest; especially the America's labor history in the logging industry. She also began her genealogical research in earnest after recording and transcribing over 1000 pages of material and finding African-American genealogy organizations and resources through the Internet.
She was instrumental in getting legislation passed and signed by President William Clinton to preserve the Freedmen's Bureau Records. These records are microfilmed, and available for genealogical researchers. The bill, The Freedmen's Bureau Preservation Act of 2000 (HR 5157) was signed into law during the 106th Congress.
Dr. Marsh holds a Ph.D. in political Science and Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.A. in Social Welfare from Sacramento State College.