Ari Wilkins

Ari Wilkins, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research.

February 5, 2022 - LIVE Webinar!

Register for the Zoom meeting at OCCGS-02-05-Wilkins

10:10 AM - Beginning African American Genealogy

Learn about the basic steps in starting African American research, genealogical resources and strategies. This lecture will also cover some of the challenges and myths in African American genealogy.


11:15 AM - Researching African Americans in Census Records

Learn how to trace African Americans through a variety of census records including the federal, state and special censuses. This lecture will also discuss how African Americans were counted during the Antebellum Era - either as enslaved people or free people of color. This presentation will give detailed explanations of the questions asked on census forms, the census taker's instructions, and nuances and common mistakes found on census pages.


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