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Family History Day 2019

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Family History Day 2019

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Family History Day   more info Oct 5, 2019 Free  

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Family History Day with Tony Burroughs

Join us Saturday, Oct. 5 for a full day of genealogy and history activities. Bring your questions and genealogy research to get help from Main Library’s Local History & Genealogy staff. 

Tony Burroughs, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy, will present four informative lectures:

  • The Nature of Genealogy
  • Identifying Slave Owners
  • Military Research
  • Order Out of Chaos

Also, bring items from your own family history to be scanned and take a tour of the Local History & Genealogy space and Digital Lab at Main Library.

All activities and sessions are free and so is parking in Main Library’s attached garage.

Table seating is limited to 120 guests. Theater-style seats can accommodate another 300 guests. Seating is first come, first served.



9 a.m.         Main Library opens, seating begins

9:30 a.m.    Welcome

9:45-11 a.m. Session 1

  • The Nature of Genealogy

This presentation will cover understanding history, research, repositories, records, theory development, results analysis and publishing findings.  It is woven around a case study of discovering a new ancestor by an experienced genealogist.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Session 2

  • Identifying Slave Owners

The names of slave owners are not always passed down from generation to generation through oral history. Therefore, research must be conducted to identify the former slave owner that is based on evidence, not assumption. There are many records that indicate the name of the former slave owner. Learn how to prove who the last slave owner was.


12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch break

Visit Carnegie's Cafe on the first floor, eat your packed lunch or venture off-site to one of the many restaurants near Main Library.

  • Group tours of the Local History & Genealogy space
  • Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society open house
  • Digital Lab scanning demonstrations


1:45-3 p.m.  Session 3

  • Military Research

Wars have been fought in every generation. Military records for these conflicts and the peacetime between conflicts are some of the best tools for genealogy research. The National Archives, various state archives and other institutions house voluminous amounts of public military records.


3:15-4:30 p.m. Session 4

  • Order Out of Chaos

Have you searched in every courthouse, every library and every archive and still haven't solved your riddle? One of the keys to success in genealogy is doing more with what you already have. Sometimes the pieces are there, we just need to look at them in different ways. Reorganizing and analyzing may solve your genealogy riddle.



Featured Presenter Bio

Tony Burroughs is a professional genealogist, author and teacher. He has taught genealogy at Chicago State University for 15 years and is the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy.

Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (Simon & Schuster, 2001) is now in its fifth printing and has topped Essance magazine's best seller list.

He has appeared as a guest genealogist on 25 national and international television broadcasts including TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" with celebrity Smokey Robinson and The History Channel's "Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color".

Burroughs has traced two family lines seven generations and an additional line eight generations. His research on the index to the U.S. Census led to discovering the original instructions and correcting a 40-year omission from the National Archives. 

Find more information on his website

Have questions about Family History Day 2019? Contact Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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