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

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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.

Descendant Communities Social Innovation Lab

The National Museum of African American History & Culture and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are hosting the Descendant Community Social Innovation Lab. This event will convene descendants of slavery who are stakeholders of various types of culturally significant historic places, sites, battlefields and cemeteries for 3 days of empowerment, education, and organizing. This event will take place from Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18, in Washington, DC with the first events beginning at noon on Thursday, and concluding officially on Saturday evening. LaBrenda will be on the "Researching enslaved ancestors” panel.

DAR Genealogy Research Institute

DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St NW, Washington, DC, United States

LaBrenda will present two lectures at the Institute: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify Enslaved Parents and Integrating DNA Evidence Into a Proof Argument.

An Enslaved Person’s FAN Club

Learn about the heightened significance of researching family, associates, and neighbors of Freedmen.

Legally Texas: Advanced Legal Research in the Lone Star State

LaBrenda will present 5 lectures in Course 3: Legally Texas: Advanced Legal Research in the Lone Star State at the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research: The Law and Records of Enslavement Tax Law, Texas Style Inheritance & Probate, Texas Style Women’s Rights, Texas Style Immigration & Naturalization, Texas Style

Essential Tools and Strategies for African American Research

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

LaBrenda will present the following lectures:   Importance of Transcribing Documents: Effective use of documents in research requires a knowledge of what it says, and transcription is a basic skill that will improve your view. Historical and Legal Background: Seeing the forest through the trees requires an understanding of what has happened, where it has happened, and why. A South Carolina Case Study, Identifying Parents of an Enslaved Ancestor: Follow this study to learn how one researcher sought to examine the evidence and choose appropriate directions to find the answer. Utility of DNA Evidence: Learn how to effectively use DNA Evidence in your research questions.

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