2020 INSTITUTE TRACKS & CLASSES
*Subject to change*
Note----all classes will be taught "virtually" with LIVE Q&A after each session.
Prior to class all registered participants will receive a link to the specific
MAAGI session in the track for which they have registered.
Tracks 1a & 1b
Track 1a: Fundamental Methods and Strategies
Faculty: Shelley Murphy, Judy Russell, Melissa Tennant Rzepczynski, Angela Walton-Raji
Track 1b: Methods and Strategies for Slavery Era Research
Coordinator, Shelley Murphy
Faculty: Shelley Murphy, Judy Russell, Angela Walton-Raji, Toni Carrier, Bernice Bennett, Nicka Sewell-Smith, Janis Minor-Forte
Track 2: DNA & Genealogy
Faculty: Shannon Christmas, Janice Lovelace, Nicka Sewell-Smith
Focus Track 2a: This section is for individuals who are new to DNA testing and have not taken a formal course or feel competent that they understand the basics of Genetic Genealogy
Focus Track 2b: This section is an intermediate DNA class and it it designed for individuals that have taken a DNA course either through MAAGI or another entity and are ready to move into intermediate to advance DNA analysis.
Pre-requisites for all participants in both tracks: Participants should have taken at least one autosomal DNA test and received their results prior to attending to MAAGI. Any of these tests are suggested: AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage DNA.
There are 2 sections for this track. Assignments will be made after assessment.
Track 3: Intermediate Genealogy - Pre & Post Slavery Era Research
Faculty: Juliana Szucs, Ancestry.com; Roberta Ridley, Allen County Public Library; Dr. Alfred Brothers Jr., Lt. Col Air Force Retired, Melissa Tennant, Allen County Public Library; Janis Minor Forté, AAGHSC, and MAAGI Track Coordinator
Focus: Learn to expand your research. Learn to explore new document record groups. Investigate new study techniques and methodologies. Learn problem solving skills and how to develop a new research path. This track provides in depth skill building is researching pre and post slavery era records.
Designed to uncover the hidden documentation of formerly enslaved and free persons of color, this Track is designed to explore the records of the pre and post slavery era period. The core curriculum of this Track’s focus is on best practices standards in African American genealogy with emphasis on methodology and skill-building techniques. Attendees embark on a new adventure to find documentation of enslaved ancestors; to developing new analytical skills, to developing new research pathways towards pre and post emancipation era family history. Learn collaboration and partnership techniques and the value of genealogy support groups. Learn from nationally recognized experts.
Track 4: African-Native American Genealogy
Faculty: Ron Graham, Terry Ligon, Janice Lovelace, Nicka Sewell-Smith, Angela Walton-Raji
Focus: In July 2020 MAAGI will become the first genealogy institute to offer a track devoted entirely to researching Native and African American family histories. Included will be several classes that will contain information on Oklahoma Freedmen, Native families in the Federal census, and will include info on families from the south, to New England. Records from the Indian schools will be reflected, and so much more. This focus in the genealogy community, is long overdue. This will be the second year that MAAGI will contain a track devoted to Native American genealogy. Among the classes will also be in-depth exploration of Mississippi Choctaw, Eastern Cherokee applications and blended communities from the 1800s onward.
For three days the participants will take 12 classes, all of which will be devoted to methods of researching the documenting the history of this most under-discussed population.