Family Research

I am primarily focused on writing and lecturing. Where my schedule permits, I am available to present genealogical lectures on researching African-ancestored families from the historical slave South; I can provide this service in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the Greenville area of the Upstate of SC (including Laurens County), and elsewhere by arrangement.

Regarding services provided gratis,  I am willing to do lookups regarding Laurens County, SC in the finding aids in my personal library. Also, I am always interested in sharing information that will fill in the blanks and document as much as possible about my Garrett line and affiliated families.


Selected Speaking Engagements

In 2019 I will coordinate and teach a course at the prestigious Salt Lake Institue of Genealogy.


The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records has announced its 2018 list of lecturers and topics for the week-long course to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, from July 16–20, 2018. I will present “Overcoming African American Research Challenges with Federal Records.


2018 National Genealogy Society Conference in Grand Rapids, MI 







Board for Certification of Genealogists® webinar on  August 15, 2017, broadcast by (and available on the website of)









 37th Annual National Conference, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Atlanta, Georgia (13-16 October 2016)


You can listen to this episode of Research at the National Archives and Beyond on this link to BlogTalk Radio