This event on genealogy research will focus on the skills needed for tracing African diasporan heritage and understanding the specific challenges and strategies for conducting genealogical research in the context of the legacy of slavery and colonialism.

Participants will gain an introduction to genealogy research through a presentation by genealogist practitioner Timothy Veight who will discuss his personal journey to uncovering the narrative of his family’s history; a brief presentation on oral history methodology to help recover   family pasts that have been undocumented by oral historian Obden Mondésir; and a live demonstration of how to use Ancestry as well as other free resources available for genealogical research by NYPL librarian Jermaine Dennis.

In collaboration with Weeksville Heritage Center, as part of The Legacy Project’s public training series. Support for The Legacy Project is provided in part by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

This event is part of Research Refracted, a collaborative series co-produced by MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, Archival Alchemy®  & the Brooklyn Collection 

Brooklyn Collection, Archival Alchemy®, MoCADA, and Weeksville Heritage Center are proud to partner on presenting a workshop series that examines the archive through the lens of the African diasporan artist community in Brooklyn. These programs are intended to demystify the archive as a space, and reveal opportunities for using special collections and associated bodies of knowledge for research, critical inquiry, and supporting an art practice.


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