Challenges of African/American Genealogical Research: A Personal Journey into the Unknown by Jim Walker
A presentation of the discovery of a history of a family that I never knew existed and why I cared. Many remain unknown and are lost through time but, their story can still be told through the growing number of resources now available. I will present how the research approach fo African Americans is significantly different prior to and after 1870. My personal genetic journey from the vastness of West Africa to the small Wisconsin Village of Nelsonville.
Jim Walker lives in active retirement, in the Village of Nelsonville, Wisconsin with his wife Marianne. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim spent all of his adult life in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Jim spent 7 years as a Los Angeles County Probation Officer and 29 years as a Federal Probation Officer in the Central District of California before retiring in 2001. His genealogical research "hobby," began in 1981 with no end in sight. He currently is the President of Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society (SPAGS).
The program is sponsored by our local Family Roots--Wisconsin group.