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Free genealogy seminar available in September


For Georgians eager to delve into their family history, an exciting opportunity awaits at the “Discover Your Roots” genealogy seminar, a free event set to take place in Atlanta this September. Co-sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 100 Black Men of DeKalb, and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, metro Atlanta Chapter. 

The seminar aims to provide valuable insights into ancestral heritage. Scheduled for September 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will be hosted at 1450 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE in Atlanta. While registration is not mandatory, attendees are strongly encouraged to sign up.

Those seeking more information and wishing to register can visit DiscoverYourRootsGA.org. The seminar, which is designed to offer personalized assistance from experienced genealogists, will include instructors specializing in African American genealogy. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one interactions to further their understanding of their family tree. For those interested, it is recommended to undergo a DNA test 6-8 weeks prior to the event to have their DNA test results at hand during the seminar.

While AncestryDNA is the suggested test for its successful connection rates, other reputable services like 23andMe and My Heritage are also viable options.

To optimize the experience at the seminar, attendees are advised to take the following steps:

  • Complete a pedigree chart and a family group sheet.
  • Create a free account on FamilySearch.org, ensuring to have login credentials ready.
  • Download the Family Tree app onto a mobile device.
  • If feasible, undergo a DNA test for ancestry ahead of the event.
  • If available, bring a tablet or laptop to the event.

By preparing in advance and embracing these recommendations, participants can make the most of this enriching opportunity to unearth and celebrate their familial heritage.


100 Black Men of DeKalb | The Atlanta Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Metro Atlanta Chapter | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Metro Atlanta Congregations | Allison Kotter Genealogy Services | Founding Family Lines | Historic Union Benevolent Aid Society | Never Remove the Cornerstone | NAACP of Fayette County | Newnan Coweta Historical Society| Reuben Gay Family | Sicilian Family Tree | Thomas Dorsey Family | Southside Genealogical Society | Old Campbell County Historical Society | LaGrange Historical Society


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