Monday, August 21, 2006

James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

Lecture Title: Let No Man Put Asunder: Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records
Speaker: Reginald Washington
Thursday, August 31, Session T-178, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The lecture will include a state by state discussion of Freedmen's Bureau marriage records in the National Archives and their importance for African American genealogy research. The presentation will highlight marriage reports, licenses, certificates, and the Bureau's overall effort to assist former slave couples to formalize marriages they had entered into during slavery.

The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture
James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture has been presented at FGS Conferences since 1994. It honors the late Jimmie Walker, one of the most popular and respected lecturers in genealogy. His thirty-year career at the National Archives in Washington, DC, included . . .
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directorship of the annual Institute of Genealogical Research (now known as the National Institute of Genealogical Research) and supervision of the Military Service Records Section at NARA. This notable man did pioneering research on minorities in the American Revolution and helped thousands of genealogists during his career. He is a credit to his archival profession and essentially was a groundbreaker for black genealogical research in Federal records. He did not keep this knowledge to himself – he shared it with eager researchers.

Speaker Bio
This year’s lecture presenter is Reginald (Reggie) Washington, an archivist/genealogy specialist with the Research Support Branch of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. He lectures frequently on records and research procedures, and has served as the African American Genealogy Subject Specialist at NARA for ten years. He has spoken at Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society conferences, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Institute on Genealogical Research, and numerous Washington DC area genealogical societies and clubs. Mr. Washington has conducted numerous workshops on the use of Federal records for African-American genealogical research, and his articles have appeared in Prologue, The Record, and Ancestry.

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