Workshops & Events
Stories of Connection: Using DNA to Reunite African Families
Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
The African Kinship Reunion (TAKiR) is a local project headed by LaKisha David, University of Illinois Ph.D. student, which seeks to reunite African and African-American families who were separated by the Transatlantic Slave Trade using DNA testing. Through popular services such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, it is now possible for families to reconnect at the 4th- 8th cousin level, offering Africans and African-Americans a path through the genealogical brick walls created by slavery. Hear about the TAKiR project, see presentations from TAKiR participants Gana Ndiaye (Senegal) and Rhoda Quaigrain (Ghana), and receive genealogy research tips from staff of the Champaign County Historical Archives.
Beginning Genealogy Workshop: Working with Sources
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Champaign County Historical Archives, Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
Our skill at locating the records to prove our genealogy facts can become the most exciting part of compiling family history! In this introductory workshop, led by Donica Miller, Archives Librarian, you will learn how to begin exploring your family history and how to use sources as evidence to support genealogical research. You will also learn about the local, state, and national resources available to family historians.
This workshop is FREE and notebooks for recording your research will be available to all registrants. Registration is limited to 24 participants.
To register you may call the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025, stop by, or register online.