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Exploring the Branches of Your Family Tree: An Introduction to African American Genealogy
February 18 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
We are partnering with SPARKS Pitt-Johnstown to bring you two genealogy events celebrating Black History Month.
This presentation will provide beginners interested in African American genealogy with the tools and skills necessary to begin their research into their family trees.
Alonna J. Carter is a freelance writer who specializes in African American history and culture, genealogical research, and health and wellness. Her work is featured in the Embracing Historical Connections section of the Soul Pitt Quarterly, where she teaches readers how to perform their own family research using a variety of sources. Carter’s other published works have been seen in Public Source, The New Pittsburgh Courier, and The Western Pa Guide to Good Health.
A member of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and the National Council of Public History (NCPH), Carter’s research areas of interest are: African Americans in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties in Virginia, the Second Middle Passage, and the Reconstruction Era. Carter is also the Historian for the Edna B. McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Pittsburgh.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in History and Pre-Law from Carlow University, a Master of Professional Writing degree from Chatham University, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public History program at Duquesne University. Carter is also the founder of Renaissance Writing, LLC- a freelance writing and editing company.