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Ancestry Day at the National Archives at Atlanta

Saturday, September 18, 2010            National Archives at Atlanta
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                               5780 Jonesboro Road
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.                       Morrow, Georgia 30260

Seminar Topics

Getting the Most from your Ancestry Subscription
Jump Start Your Research using Online Trees
Using the African American Collection at Ancestry
Ancestry’s World Archives Project
Records of the Southern Claims Commission: A Source for Southern Genealogy

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., Metro Atlanta Chapter in partnership with the National Archives at Atlanta is co-sponsoring an all-day seminar featuring the premier website for family history research, If you watched NBC’s hit show, Who Do You Think You Are?, you know a little about the kinds of records that are available on, but you may still be wondering how to get started, or you may be a long-time user of who wants to learn more tips and tricks on how to maximize your search. This is a great opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about from a true insider, Lisa Arnold.  In addition, archivist and genealogist Reginald Washington of the National Archives and Records Administration will discuss the records of the Southern Claims Commission.

Lisa Arnold is a content manager for and has been involved in genealogical research, teaching, and lecturing for more than 15 years.  She holds a B.S. in family history from Brigham Young University, and she is currently a masters degree candidate in family history at the University of Limerick. Ms. Arnold is the former Director of the Family History Center in Valley Forge, PA and author of Finding Your Quaker Ancestors. She writes “The Ancestry Sleuth” column in Ancestry Magazine. She is a regular speaker at genealogy conferences and serves on the faculty for the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research held annually at Samford University.  Ms. Arnold is chapter coordinator for her local chapter for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Reginald Washington is an archivist and genealogy specialist with the Access Programs Staff (NWC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). He lectures frequently on records and research procedures at the National Archives and has served as the African American Genealogy Specialist at NARA for the past 14 years. He has been a speaker at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society conferences, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and numerous local genealogical societies and clubs. Mr. Washington has conducted numerous workshops on the use of federal records for African American genealogical research, and his articles have appeared in Prologue, The Record, Ancestry, and the Negro History Bulletin. Mr. Washington gave congressional testimony in support of The Freedmen’s Bureau Preservation Act of 2000 that authorized 3 million dollars for the preservation of more than 1000 linear feet of field office records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. He is a past member of the editorial advisory board for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.