Library set to host African-American genealogy workshop

By From page A9 | February 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Almost 25 years ago, Cynthia McDaniels began to search for her ancestors.

Resources for African-American genealogy were tough to find. But she wouldn’t give up.

The result of her tireless labor was a book about her mother’s family, “Cut From the Same Cloth, A Collection of Smith Family Stories 1841-2006.”

McDaniels began sharing her knowledge of African-American genealogy after the book was published. Five years ago, she instructed her first workshop at the Fairfield Civic Center library. The event was so popular she was asked to come back the next month in honor of Black History Month.

She’s returned almost every year since.

McDaniels will present “Searching for Your Ancestors – Start Out On the Right Track,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 inside the Fairfield Civic Center Library’s computer room at 1150 Kentucky St.

Workshops offered by McDaniels gave birth to the African-American Genealogical Society of Solano County. The group was established in March 2009, from the participants of the first workshops. The group was recently included in the African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California.

The local group has a new facilitator, Corvin Tademy. For more information, visit www.solanolibrary.com.

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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