Friday, July 20, 2012

Lisa B. Lee Announced as Keynote Speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives

We are thrilled to announce that professional genealogist and lecturer Lisa B. Lee will be the opening session keynote speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives in Sacramento on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  The keynote address is a new feature at Family History Day at the California State Archives.  What a pleasure it is indeed for the first keynote to be provided by Ms. Lee. 

With her passion for genealogy and inimitable style, Ms. Lee will regale attendees about “Genealogy Basics, the Constant Companion of Family Historians”.  She will also present a class titled “Finding Your Black Ancestors, An Introduction”. 
Lisa B. Lee is the owner of, where she publishes a monthly newsletter, the Got Genealogy Gazette.  The newsletter provides timely and useful information to help genealogists make the most of their online genealogical searches.

Ms. Lee is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto), where she obtained her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with certificates in U.S., Canadian and Irish genealogy and methodology.  Since the inception of ExpertConnect, by in 2009, Ms. Lee was one of the original Experts, and conducted professional research for clients in the U.S. and Europe, until the demise of ExpertConnect in early 2011. In addition to the Got Genealogy Gazette, dozens of her articles have been published in numerous genealogical journals and newsletters in North America.

Ms. Lee speaks and conducts workshops at genealogical societies and conferences in the U.S. and Canada where her animated style, infinite knowledge of everything internet, wit and perverted humor ensure that attendees will not only learn a lot but will have fun doing so. All of her workshops feature a free raffle where attendees can win valuable prizes, and if you ask her a genealogical question she can't answer, you'll win an awesome reward.  Mind you, your question has to be pretty hard to stump her, especially since she's memorized the internet by heart.  If genealogy isn't fun, then why do it?  She invites you to join her on Facebook or contact her at

The class Ms. Lee will be presenting is Finding Your Black Ancestors, an Introduction.  Whether free or enslaved, the lives of Black ancestors were documented in the United States and Canada. However, not all this information has made it into online databases intact. Blacks are coded as Whites, Whites as Mulattos, men as women, etc. In doing African-American research, you need to be aware of how to get around these shortcomings, and how to read subtle clues to help you differentiate two people with the same name. Yes, the Freedman’s Bank and Freedmen’s Bureau are incredibly important for researching Blacks, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. What does it really mean if your ancestor was listed as “Egyptian” or “Ethiopian”? What are the new ways to discover the name of the last legal slave owner in databases you’ve probably ignored? Find out which are the best genealogy subscription databases for finding Black ancestors.

Have you pre-registered yet and reserved a Class Syllabus for $5?  Click on the tab on the Home page of this blog for instructions. 
posted by Denise H. Richmond

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