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Re: Proquest Black Newspapers Available Again

I don't think I could answer that question. I say that because many of them seem to have their own uniqueness. Over the past 1/2 decade or so, I've loved the Family History Festival (a one day event) put on by the Detroit Public Library, but it is now in serious "restructuring" mode due to the economy. They always seemed to have very good topics and presenters and made sure to have a healthy dose of AA material.

But conferences will vary from year to year in their selection of sessions, speakers, etc, so what (to me) may be a dynamite line up one year may not be so out of sight the next.

Then there is also AA vs mainstream conferences. The recently organized St. Louis AA genealogy group has put on a really fine conference the past 3 years, and the group in Chicago has been doing a really nice job for 30.

But in the final analysis, I have to say that I don't think I have ever been to one that has been a disappointment. They are great places to learn and network. My advice is really to look at the program line up and base your decision heavily on that along with the comments of others who have attended the conference in the past.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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