A Tree Without Roots Cannot Grow: Assisting African American Patrons with Beginning Genealogy Research

Tuesday, 11/27/2018
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

For African Americans, piecing together family history presents unique challenges. Fortunately, there are now wonderful local and online sources with collections of data that can help. In this new 60-minute webinar, you’ll gain skills to help African American patrons begin researching their family history and better understand their legacy. You’ll learn what types of questions to ask, what types of resources are available, and where to look for resources so you can better assist your community at the reference desk.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will know: 

  • What questions to ask
  • What type of resources are available
  • Where to look for resources

Who Should Attend

The popularity of such programs as PBS's "Finding Your Roots" are bringing African American patrons to the Reference Desk; librarians and paraprofessionals should at least have a knowledge of how to start the AA patron in the right direction. 


Nancy Richey, Associate Professor/Visual Resources Librarian for the Department of Library Special Collections at Western Kentucky University. Ms. Richey has served on various historical boards, including Janice Holt Giles Society, Morrison Park Camp Meeting Site Restoration Board and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has authored two local history books in the Images of America book series and is co-author of Mose Ranger: Kentucky's Shy Guitar Master. She teaches classes for patrons on beginning African American research and finding your Civil War ancestors among other presentation. 




Individual registration rates are as follows:

RUSA members: $45

ALA members: $50

ALA student & retired members: $25

Non-members: $65

Group rate: $99 single login, $38/per person multiple logins. (min 2 people)

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connect. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Training & Events Coordinator, at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!