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Nov. 4/5 Seminar features noted Black Historian Tony Burroughs

November 2, 2011

This Friday and Saturday the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will host its annual conference at Calvin College.

The focus of the two-day conference is exploring the roots of African Americans who participated in the US Civil War. Noted historian and genealogist Tony Burroughs is the keynote speaker who has done extensive research on African Americans in the Civil War.

The conference information states, “How often do we hear from Civil War soldiers themselves? Not often. It is especially rare when we hear from African American Civil War soldiers when most were prohibited from reading and writing. African American soldiers did discuss their war experiences. Hear what they said.” This is the topic for Friday.

On Saturday, the conference will cover the following themes; The Nature of Genealogy, The Six Phases of African American Genealogy, Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil War and how to do successful genealogical research.

Friday, November 4

6:30PM – 9:30PM

Saturday, November 5

8:30AM – 5:15PM

Calvin College Prince Conference Center

1800 East Beltline

Registration information

This two-day conference is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society and the Kutsche Office of Local History at GVSU.

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