Family Research

I am primarily focused on writing and lecturing. Where my schedule permits, I am available to present genealogical lectures on researching African-ancestored families from the historical slave South; I can provide this service in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the Greenville area of the Upstate of SC (including Laurens County), and elsewhere by arrangement.

Regarding services provided gratis,  I am willing to do lookups regarding Laurens County, SC in the finding aids in my personal library. Also, I am always interested in sharing information that will fill in the blanks and document as much as possible about my Garrett line and affiliated families.


Selected Speaking Engagements

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records has announced its 2018 list of lecturers and topics for the week-long course to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, from July 16–20, 2018. I will present “Overcoming African American Research Challenges with Federal Records.


2018 National Genealogy Society Conference in Grand Rapids, MI 







Board for Certification of Genealogists® webinar on  August 15, 2017, broadcast by (and available on the website of)









 37th Annual National Conference, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Atlanta, Georgia (13-16 October 2016)


You can listen to this episode of Research at the National Archives and Beyond on this link to BlogTalk Radio