Introduction to African American Genealogy

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History & Genealogy

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Learn about the research tools and techniques to get started in African American genealogy research, and how to keep going!


Janice Cross-Gilyard is a Charter Member of The Harriet Tubman Chapter of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. She joined the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) – New Jersey Chapter in March of 2016 and is currently serving her second term as President. Janice is the Editor of the Family Times Newsletter for AAHGS – NJ Chapter. She also manages and provides content for their Facebook page. In August of 2021, Janice became the co-host of her first podcast, Speak On It! History & Genealogy Conversations with Janice & Cherekana. Janice has presented at public libraries, churches, universities, and she has given virtual presentations.

Janice has conducted her family research for the past 25 years and has documented her family history back to 1720. She is proud of her ancestors, which include educators (two founded colleges), midwives, farmers, and pastors. She is enthusiastic about history and genealogy and believes that her ancestors chose her to tell their stories. She is always willing to assist anyone who may be interested in researching their family history.