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"Why You Can't Find Your Ancestors?" with Tony Burroughs

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Have you wondered why you can't find your ancestors? Tony Burroughs will explore reasons why you are having problems finding your ancestors.

Tony Burroughs is founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy.  He is an internationally known genealogist who taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years. Burroughs researched Olympic Gold Medal sprint champion Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on the Smokey Robinson genealogy, the Oprah Winfrey genealogy, Reverend Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy,  African American Lives2Who Do You Think You Are, The Real Family of Jesus and consulted with Chicago Public Schools, New York Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges and Ancestry.com.

        Burroughs’ book, Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (Simon & Schuster, 2001) was number one on Essence Magazine's Best Seller List and is now in its fifth printing. His chapter, African American Genealogy is in the Encyclopedia of African American History (Oxford University Press, 2009). His chapter, How to Create a Family Tree, is in The Experts Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do (Samantha Ettus editor, Clarkson Potter Division of Random House Inc., September 2004), along with other experts, Donald Trump, Jennifer Capriati, Debbie Fields, and Larry King. His chapter, African American Genealogy appears in The Source, revised edition (edited by Lou Szucs and Sandra Luebking, Ancestry, 2006) and he was one of three co-authors of the African American Genealogical Sourcebook (Paula Byers, editor, Detroit: Gale Research, 1995).

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