Webinar for Black History Month 2024

Reading Between the Lines: Researching African American Family History

  • Presentation:    4-5:30PM
  • Extended Q&A:  5:30-6PM

Researching families and communities of African American descent can present unique challenges due to the history of slavery in the United States. This introductory overview presentation discusses key record collections for tracing African American ancestry, challenges and strategies for researching enslaved families, and present-day opportunities that can help overcome some of these obstacles. Through two case studies we will explore these methods and sources in the context of a formerly enslaved family and a 20th century immigrant family. However these lessons and record collections will benefit family historians doing any type of U.S. research.

Colleen Robledo Green teaches genealogy research with a heavy critical thinking approach. This presentation delves into concepts and issues pertaining to information, digital, and archival literacies.

A recording of the presentation can be made available to CSUF faculty, staff, and students via Canvas. If you are a CSUF professor who wants to integrate this presentation into your course, please contact Colleen.

This program is co-hosted by the Pollak Library and CSUF DEFCon.

A sepia-toned historical photo of a Civil-War era African American family is decorated in two corners with a pattern of kente cloth. The overlaid text reads: Reading Between the Lines: Researching African American Family History

A recording of the presentation can be made available to CSUF faculty, staff, and students via Canvas. If you are a CSUF professor who wants to integrate this presentation into your course, please contact Colleen.

This program is co-hosted by the Pollak Library and CSUF DEFCon.

Presenter:

Headshot of Colleen Robledo Greene

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, college educator, and digital historian who has been researching her family history since 1997. She is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and she is part of the leadership team for CSUF DEFCon. Colleen has taught an online graduate-level genealogical research methods course since 2016 for the School of Information at San Jose State University. She is a nationally recognized and sought after genealogy educator and speaker specializing in scholarly methodology; Mexican, Mexican-American, and Hispanic research; libraries and archives; and technology. Colleen has been a strong advocate in the genealogy education community about DEI issues.

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