Tuesday, February 23, 2016


CAAGS is pleased to present a 3 day conference for family history researchers – novice and professional, at the USC Radisson Hotel on March 17-19, 2016. In recognition of the long standing activity of the first Genealogical Society of its kind on the West Coast, there will be 24 sessions that will offer guidance for new researchers and display of the achievements of professional family historians from various ethnicities and generations. There will be a free exhibit hall, availability of supplies and materials needed for effective research and interaction with researchers of all levels. Field trips to several relevant points of interest in the greater Los Angeles area have also been scheduled.

The conference will begin with a reception at the California African American Museum on Thursday evening to include a meet and greet with the major presenters for this conference. Friday, entertainment will include a musical review of African American historical figures: 1940’s At Club Sweet Lorraines.

The conference theme: African American History is America’s History: Reaching In and Reaching Out will be addressed Friday and Saturday with sessions presented on how to do research, documentation and publishing, using the United States military pension files, accessing court records, breaking the brick walls that often hinder African American family history research, using slave records, the National Archives and DNA results to find family members of any ethnicity.

Luncheon and dinner speakers will include Paula Madison, who traced her Chinese and Jamaican heritage for several generations in her memoir, Finding Samuel Lowe; John W. Franklin, son of the late historian, John Hope Franklin, and assistant director of the soon to open Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum in Washington, DC. Additionally, Michael Sanborn, Director of the Banning Museum will share the story of Harriet Mason; Angela Walton-Raji, nationally recognized expert on Native American heritage and the Freedmen’s Bureau Records that are needed by family historians will present and Kenyatta Berry from the Genealogy Roadshow will close the conference.

On-line registration and additional information is available at www.CAAGS.org.