Sat, Apr 24 | Zoom Meeting

Discovering Your Roots: How to Begin a Journey of a Lifetime

A Four-Part Workshop Series in Genealogical Research Designed to Help You Successfully Explore Your Family History
Please contact bosaanewark@gmail about waiting list.

Time & Location

Apr 24, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Zoom Meeting

About the Event

Researching your family is like beginning a journey of a lifetime; yours and your ancestors. It can also take great patience and sometimes a lifetime to discover the intricate details of the lives of ancestors before you. Through the Discovering Your Roots 4-workshop series you will be introduced to the resources and techniques for finding your ancestors in documents available at, FamilySearch, and several other research sites. 

Each one-hour workshop will focus on a key set of research skills and developing familiarity with records availability and use. To maximize opportunities for successful research projects, participants will be asked to complete a family history assessment which will allow them to compile their knowledge into one form.  

The following is a list workshop sessions:  

Session 1:

April 24th - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Compiling what you know about your family, getting started with the basics.

Session 2:

May 22nd - 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Where to begin, where are the records, using federal, local records, genealogy databases.

Session 3:

June 26th - 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Using DNA results to enhance your family history knowledge.

Session 4:

July 24th - 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Lineage societies and eBay as part of your genealogical journey.  Writing your family story and closing thoughts.Workshop 

Leader’s Background

Robin Semple is a Founding Member and Co-President of The Richard B. Dickenson Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Staten Island, New York. She is a Professional Genealogist and holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Robin focuses on Virginia, African American genealogical issues, and the use of DNA in expanding African American genealogical research. She is a member of The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISSOG). She holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies and Black Studies and serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for Development at Rutgers University-Newark.

Other guests will be invited to sessions and may include:

Debbie-Ann Paige, Public Historian and Professional Genealogist and Co-President of The Richard B. Dickenson Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Staten Island, New York.

Thomas Hill, Family Historian and Author, “How to Best Utilize eBay in Genealogy,” Nuestra Raices, Genealogical Society of America.

Muriel Roberts, Family Historian and Member, New Jersey Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Member, Sons and Daughters of the Middle Passage.

Shanida Carter, Writer, Producer, Author, “How to Start Your West Indian Family Tree From Abroad,” Caribbean Collective Magazine.


  • 1 hour
    Session 1) 4/24/21 Session 2) 5/22/21 Session 3) 6/26/21 Session 4) 7/2421
    Zoom Calls Schedule
  • General Admission (all dates)

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Black Organization of Students Alumni Association

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Bloomfield, NJ  07003


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