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You Only Have a Death Announcement, Now What?

Feb. 20, 2016

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Day Classroom
10 a.m. to noon


Put on your CSI hat, and use your detective skills to solve a genealogical research problem with very little information. Starting with a death announcement, we will look at the methodology of creating a series of questions that need answers in order to bring the subject of the death announcement to life. Using the clues found in the death announcement along with a small amount of oral history, we will identify and determine the records needed to solve the unknown. The importance of carefully analyzing documents, determining where to find them, and understanding how one record can lead to another will be emphasized.

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., is a genealogist specializing in African-American research, genealogical methodology and manuscript collections. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society and is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, Tennessee. Dr. Abbott is past president of the African-American Genealogical Society and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degree from Tuskegee University in Alabama and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.  

Dr. Abbott has presented lectures and workshops at a variety of national and state genealogical conferences, as well as local societies, businesses and libraries. One of her major research projects traces an African-American family from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Illinois. It was highlighted in The Cleveland Plain Dealer under the title of “Six Volumes to Amplify a Family History.” She also has had articles published in the Ohio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines.

$10 nonmembers; $8 members. Includes parking and admission to the Indiana Experience. Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.


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