Discover family roots at brown-bag seminar this week

February 23, 2015 | Events, UToday
By Cassandra DeYoung

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Journey Genealogy Group, a local grassroots organization dedicated to researching African-American genealogy and history in northwest Ohio, will present “Just a Branch on a Tree: Finding Your Roots…”

The free, public seminar sponsored by the UT Africana Studies Program will feature a discussion on how to start a family search and find one’s genealogical roots. It will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Office of Excellence and Multicultural Success, located in Student Union Room 2500.

“This particular topic, even though it’s going to deal with African-American genealogy, is really important to all of us if we want to find our family roots because they will be talking about the process of genealogy — how to go about starting research and available resources,” said Angela Siner, interim director of the Africana Studies Program.

This presentation is part of the Africana Studies and Sojourner’s Truth Brown-Bag Seminar Series.

“The brown-bag series has been a part of Africana Studies for almost 20 years,” Siner said. “We have the brown-bag luncheons to discuss major issues and challenges facing the Africana world, but in a much larger sense, it’s about all of us as individuals.”

The series features two upcoming seminars, one Wednesday, March 18, titled “Vital Issues: Urban Education in the 21st Century” and another Wednesday, April 15, titled “I Got That Feeling: Mental and Physical Health in Minority Communities.”

For more information on the seminar series, contact Siner by calling 419.530.4660 or emailing

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