African American Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, March 31, 2018 • 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$20 per person | $15 for members of the History Center or the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society | Register

Add to Calendar03/31/2018 10:00 AM03/31/2018 03:30 PMAmerica/New_YorkAfrican American Genealogy WorkshopJoin archivist and author Melvin Collier, DNA ancestry testing expert Michael Williams, and genealogists for a day-long workshop focused on African American genealogy.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join genealogist, author, and blogger Melvin Collier, DNA ancestry testing expert Michael Williams, and genealogists from Pittsburgh’s Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society for a day-long workshop focused on African American genealogy.

Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth workshop will examine the basics of genealogical research, how DNA can be used to help you break down genealogy brick walls, different types of DNA resources, and what your DNA results can reveal about you.


Registration for this program is $20 per person for the public and $15 for members of the Heinz History Center or the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

A complimentary boxed lunch is included in the price of registration. Attendees must register by Tuesday, 3/27 to receive a boxed lunch.

If you are a member of either of these organizations, enter membership code: MEMBER in the promo code box to receive the discount. You will be asked to verify your membership at check-in.

Please register online.

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For more information, please contact Samuel W Black at or 412-454-6391.

Melvin CollierMelvin J. Collier, a former archivist at the Archives Research Center of the Atlanta University Center, has been conducting historical and genealogical research for over 20 years.  Collier will present cases where DNA enabled him to populate his family tree. DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed ancestors, which linked perfectly with the circumstantial and indirect evidence that were gathered. Collier will also show how DNA enabled him to break down that “1870 Brick Wall” to document enslaved ancestors.  He has appeared on the NBC show, “Who Do You Think You Are,” as one of the expert genealogists in the Spike Lee episode, was one of the guest speakers at the African Heritage Day Session at RootsTech 2017, which featured actor, LeVar Burton, and maintains a genealogy blog called Roots Revealed at

Michael WilliamsMichael Williams is a Genetic Genealogy Coach helping families and adoptees to retrace, reconnect, and reunite their roots through DNA. Michael lectures on genome mapping and the impact that it has in repairing broken genealogy trails, explaining human migration histories, and profiling preventative health strategies based off of genetic risks. As an alumnus of the renown 23andMe Roots Into The Future program, led by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ph.D. and Dr. Rick Kittles, Michael has gained immense knowledge in the way genetic testing can confirm biological relationships to population groups, world regions, and recent family history through chromosome mapping.