LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, FASG

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, FASG, earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement from a partner-level position at the big four accounting firm of EY, and is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing about Methodology and African American families that survived American slavery. She has served as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® since 2016, and was BCG President from 2019-2022. LaBrenda also serves as the Registrar General of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States. In 2021 LaBrenda was elected as the 170th Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG), the field's honorary scholarly society that was founded in 1940 and is limited to fifty life-time members. She coordinates the African American Track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), in addition to teaching various subjects at SLIG, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research. For more information see her website

February 4, 2023 - Virtual Webinar Only

Join the Zoom meeting at OCCGS-02-04-Garrett-Nelson

10:10 AM - Using Cluster Research to Identify Enslaved Parents

Cluster research of family, associates, and neighbors (the "FAN Club") is particularly useful when researching the lineage of a formerly enslaved ancestor. This session will focus on the indirect evidence that can be gleaned from a research subject's Fan Club, using sources created before and after the subject's lifetime.

11:15 AM - Incorporating DNA Evidence Into a Proof Argument

This session will follow the Lecture regarding cluster research, to demonstrate how a proof argument based largely on indirect evidence can be strengthened by the incorporation of DNA evidence.


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