African-American genealogy workshop set Saturday

By From page A3 | February 07, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Cynthia McDaniels will share her 24-year journey tracing her father’s family back five generations and her mother’s four generations.

“It would have been great to attend a workshop presenting the fundamentals needed to get started in family research for African-Americans when I began my search,” said McDaniels, a retired human resources administrator, in a press release.

She will be host a workshop on “African-American Genealogy for Beginners” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St.

McDaniels will explain and demonstrate the steps necessary to start researching one’s African-American ancestry.

“Had I known when I began what I have learned and experienced over the past years, in many instances, I could have found in months the answers it took me years to find,” McDaniels said.

She is currently writing her family’s history and completing the requirements to become a certified genealogist. She is a member of the African-American Genealogy Society of Northern California, the Angelina County (Texas) Genealogy Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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