LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson: Author | Teacher | Certified Genealogical Lecturer ℠ | Certified Genealogist® | Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists

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The Future of Genealogy


This panel will be discussing the future of genealogy - what we might look forward to, what might be some pitfalls and what best practices we might want to include. Panelists include: Eowyn Langholf (facilitator), Mags Gaulden, Jen Baldwin, Kathryn Lake Hogan, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson and Thomas MacEntee.

Michigan Genealogical Conference Fall Seminar

Michigan Genealogical Council

Planning Research: The development of a sound research plan is the first step in the thorough research required by the Genealogy Proof Standard. Strengthen Your Analysis: Fundamentals of Transcribing and Abstracting The ability to craft transcriptions and abstracts is an essential skill that is needed to accurately interpret handwritten records. Meeting Standards for Narrative Genealogies, Lineages, and Pedigrees: An understanding of generally accepted formatting options is helpful in presenting information about family relationships and successive generations. An NGSQ Case Study: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition: The case study that won the NGSQ 2020 Award for Excellence illustrated the information needed to make sound decisions on when DNA tests can or should be used in genealogical research, and how to meet DNA-specific Genealogy Standards.

Antebellum Emancipations and Free People of Color


Two of the foremost educators in the area of African American Genealogy will present a joint lecture focused on ancestors who were emancipated before chattel slavery was finally abolished: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson JD, LLM, CG®, FASG will lead off with a focus on the ways in which enslaved people could be manumitted before the abolition of chattel slavery, and Dr. Deborah A. Abbott PhD will follow-up with the treatment of Free People of Color in the period leading to the Civil War.

State and County Courts


LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, FASG, will cover antebellum court records that are among the most useful sources of genealogically relevant information about African American ancestors, including the organizational structures of the state and local courts that these ancestors—enslaved and free—typically came into contact with as well as the records created.

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