Kensington, MDThe Washington DC Family History Center will present a beginning African American genealogy seminar, “Journeys to Our Ancestors,” on Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 A.M. at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center in Kensington.


The seminar, part of the Visitors’ Center’s observance of Black History Month, will include presentations on topics such as the value of oral history, getting around genealogy “brick walls,” how to do family research on slaves, military history and how to organize a family reunion.


The event will feature a keynote address by noted sociologist and genealogist, Margo Lee Williams. Ms. Williams will discuss research that led to her recently published book about her fourth great grandfather, an African American Quaker, who died in North Carolina in 1850.


Event organizer and genealogist, Carol Petranek, said, “There is a certain joy and satisfaction in finding out about one’s ancestors. But the biggest obstacle to family history research is just knowing where to begin, how to get started. This seminar will help people clear that initial hurdle.”


The seminar is free of charge but registration is requested by calling (301) 587-0042.