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Recorded Webinar with Ari Wilkins

June 3, 2022 June 5, 2022 EDT

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is delighted to present:

Ari Wilkins

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Ari Wilkins

Mysterious Relatives

This recorded Webinar will be freely available to the public from midnight Thursday night through midnight Sunday night (ET), 3-5 June 2022. (The live webinar was originally presented on 4 Sep 2019.)

The handout for this presentation will only be available to the public during the viewing period, and may not be downloaded. It will open in a separate tab, however, so it can be referred to during the webinar. For logged in members, the handout is always accessible from the main Webinars page. (On the top menu, under Education & Events, select Webinars to go to the main webinars page. Scroll down and click on “Explore the Webinar Library”. That page has a link to “Member Webinar Handouts” (which is arranged in alphabetical order) in the leading paragraph.) This webinar is always available to members in the Member Webinars area of the website. Each members’ webinar page also has a direct link to the handout.

About the Webinar:

Every genealogist has that mysterious relative – the ubiquitous ‘cousin’ who was always around with no obvious family connection. As researchers, we cannot figure out who this person is and how they are related to our family. Finding mysterious relatives on a census record; an entry in a family bible; or old letters can yield invaluable insight into a family’s genealogy. Learn how to analyze and connect these mysterious relatives to your family history using census and vital records, newspapers, maps, etc.; contextual clues; “FAN club” methodology; and more.

About the Speaker:

Ari Wilkins is a graduate of Louisiana State University who has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. She also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database.

Specializing in African American research, Ari has presented topics at conferences held by the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Texas State Genealogical Society, and the Ohio Genealogical Society. In addition, she has spoken at the Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the American Library Association, RootsTech, the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research, and a multitude of local societies.

A Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007, Ari teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites.


This webinar is always accessible on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit.

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