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Enoch Pratt Free Library Calendar

2020 Annual Genealogy Lecture

Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:30am to 4:30pm

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Join us for the Maryland State Library Resource Center’s 19th Annual Genealogy Lecture Series, featuring internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs.  Mr. Burroughs will present the following lectures:

  • The Nature of Genealogy
  • Oral History: The Starting Point for Genealogy
  • Researching Cemeteries and Funeral Homes 
  • Creating Order Out of Chaos

Burroughs is founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. He taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years, and has been featured in numerous national and international television shows, such as Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC), and Roots Remembered (BBC).  

His bestselling book, Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree is now in its fifth printing. 

Burroughs has been quoted in newspapers and popular publications throughout the world  like the New York Times, People Magazine, Ebony, and Jet Magazine.  He has received many honors including: the Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society, the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stearn Humanitarian Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Lowell Volkel Medal from the Illinois Genealogical Society and Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. Burroughs has traced his family history eight generations.

You can read more about Tony Burroughs' accomplishments, watch some of his appearances, or listen to some of his interviews at

Registration is required.  To attend, please email to register by October 15th. You will receive the dial-in information after registration.

Dial-in information will be sent after you register for the event.

User Activity

The lecture was excellent. The format worked for me. The information was relevant and great tips for family research, personally and to be able to help library patrons. I will use this info. Thank you

A great presentation! Very informative.

I absolutely loved this event! Dr. Burroughs was dynamic, captivating, entertaining, and educational! I really enjoyed all of his topics and look forward to employing his techniques in my own family history creation.