This summer has been one that has brought multiple opportunities for me to further engage within the genealogy community and I’m so delighted! It has been a busy one for sure, but through these upcoming activities I will learn more and contribute at an even higher level to the genealogy community. I am pleased to share some of my more recent involvements!
- Going In-Depth Magazine – I was honored to accept an invitation join the contributing authorship team of the digital genealogy magazine, Going In-Depth, published by the In-Depth Genealogist team. My column is called “African American Research Adventures” and my first article, Searching for Osburn: A Case Study in Seeking the Enslaved, was published in the September 15th issue. I will be contributing articles and blog posts on a regular basis, and have an author profile now posted on the site. Subscribe to the magazine and follow the blog if you are interested.
- Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society – I presented to the society on July 16th about how to maximize the use of online collaborative family trees (e.g. WikiTree, Geni, FamilySearch Family Tree) for genealogy research. They also invited me to become one of the Society’s Board of Directors! My 2-year term started August 1st and I attended my first board meeting a week ago. We have an upcoming seminar this November, so if you are in the Nashville area, I’d love to see you there!
- BlackProGen – I’m now also a panel member for this “group of professional genealogists who research and document African American families” to quote organizer Nicka Smith’s site. BlackProGen members host regular online sessions to share research strategies. Check the website for details of the upcoming online shows and the different ways you can connect with us.
This is all on top of my regular volunteer commitment to the USGenWeb Project for which I serve as State Coordinator for TNGenWeb, an Assistant State Coordinator for NCGenWeb & FLGenWeb, and coordinate counties for KYGenWeb, ILGenWeb, and UTGenWeb. I also volunteer for the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society.
Much to do! I believe I’m going to be busy dancing all year 🙂