African American Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 15, 2021 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 per person | Register
Virtual Program

Finding Family in Tragedy and Trauma

How do genealogists locate family members who were involved in some of the most tragic and traumatic attacks upon Black communities in America?

From genocide on slave plantations through the Civil War to devastating attacks during the early 20th century, African Americans have been victims of racial violence by white Americans that resulted in thousands of missing persons. These tragic episodes mark a stain on the American familial landscape and challenge genealogists in their efforts to reconstruct family histories.

During this virtual African American Genealogy Workshop, participants will learn about the history of these episodes and how family records can be resurrected from tragedy.

The in-depth workshop will include analysis of the Tulsa Massacre on May 31, 1921, when a white mob descended upon the Black community in Tulsa, Okla., destroying lives and the “Black Wall Street” business district.

As descendants of a Tulsa Massacre survivor, John W. Franklin and Karen Roberts Franklin of Franklin Global LLC will discuss the historical records that remain following the tragedy and will provide insight into their family’s history in Tulsa and Westmoreland County, Pa.

Opening remarks will be given by Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Pittsburgh member Carolyn Johnson, also a descendant of a family affected by the Tulsa Massacre.


Registration for this program is $10 per person.

This program will be presented as a Zoom webinar. Webinar information will be sent to you after registration. Please register in advance.

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

Accessibility: Open Captioning Live captioning will be provided at this virtual program.

The African American Genealogy Workshop is sponsored by Allegheny Health Network and presented in partnership with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Pittsburgh and the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Department of Africana Studies
African American Program at the Heinz History Center
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