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Genaology expert Burrough to focus on African American research

Posted: October 5, 2010 3:17 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs will hold an African American genealogy seminar Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden. The seminar is sponsored by the Camden Archives and Museum.

Burroughs is former adjunct genealogy professor at Chicago State University and is the author of “Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree.” The book was No. 1 on Essence Magazine's Best Seller List and is now in its fourth printing. His chapter, “African American Genealogy,” is in the Encyclopedia of African American . His chapter, “How to Create a Family Tree,” is in “The Experts Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do,” along with other experts such as Donald Trump, Jennifer Capriati, Debbie Fields and Larry King. His chapter, “African American Genealogy” appears in “The Source revised edition. And he was one of three co-authors of the “African American Genealogical Sourcebook.”

Burroughs has been quoted in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, People, Ebony and Jet. He has appeared as a genealogy expert on PBS, CBS, BBC, ABC, BET and Discovery Channel. He was featured on the PBS series “Oprah’s Roots.”

Burroughs has traced three family lines seven generations. His genealogical research has qualified him for seven lineage society memberships including; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Pioneer Families of New Mexico; First Families of the Twin Territories (Oklahoma and Indian Territory); Tennessee Ancestry; Kansas Early Settlers, Chicago Rebuilder and Cook County (Illinois) Pioneers. His research on the index to the Census led to discovering the original instructions and correcting a 40-year omission from National Archives’ instructions. His research on the Underground Railroad in 2001 enabled the Kimsey Crossing home in Tamarora, Ill., to be recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. His testimony before Congress in 2000 helped preserve 135-year-old records from the Freedmen’s Bureau.

A reception and book signing will follow the program. To register for the free seminar, contact the Camden Archives and Museum at 425-6050.

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