Feb. 7, 2015
10 a.m. to noon
Join librarian and genealogist Nichelle M. Hayes for an interactive workshop designed to help the researcher who has African-American ancestors. This workshop will help you to fully explore and maximize the clues you have to tap into information available on your African-American ancestors. Researching African-American genealogy prior to 1870 often poses specific difficulties for individuals whose ancestors were enslaved. Learn how to overcome many common obstacles related to the slave era by using techniques to trace your African American roots – including vital records, censuses and other important genealogical records.
Nichelle M. Hayes has been actively involved in family history and genealogy for more than 20 years. She has a special interest in family histories and African-American research. Hayes has researched seven generations on both her maternal and paternal branches in Louisiana, Kentucky and Indiana and has self-published several books on various branches of her family. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Hayes was the third president of the Indiana African American Genealogy Group. She blogs at thetiesthatbindblog.wordpress.com and enjoys meeting genealogists and family historians to learn about techniques and funny stories.