Upcoming Live Webinar

“Mysterious Relatives” with Ari Wilkins

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.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Ari Wilkins 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.

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