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Engaging Ideas with Janice C. Gilyard

Join us in welcoming Janice Cross-Gilyard, president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (NJ Chapter), who will discuss her 25 years of research that spans 300 years of Black History, including family research strategies and genealogical databases (successful case studies will be shared). Greenwich Library offers free access to ProQuest's Historical Black Newspaper Collection, which contains essential primary source content and editorial perspectives of the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S.

Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm
Marx Family Black Box Theater
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Rick Hansen




African American Genealogy with Janice C. Gilyard: Using Historical Record Sets Effectively to Share the Stories of Your Ancestors.

Janice Gilyard is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter (AAHGS-NJ). She served as Vice President (3 terms) and is currently serving a second term as President for AAHGS-NJ Chapter. She is Editor of the AAHGS-NJ Family Times Newsletter, Programming Coordinator, and she provides content for the chapter’s Facebook page. She is also a member of The National Genealogical Society, The New Jersey Genealogical Society, and a charter member of The Harriet Tubman Chapter of Sons & Daughters of the US Middle Passage.

Janice serves on the following boards: The National Genealogical Society, Sons & Daughters of the US Middle Passage, and the 313+ Ancestors Speak Project.

Janice has conducted her family research for the past 26 years and documented her family history back to 1720 (African American, Indigenous/Native American, and European). She is proud of her ancestors, which include farmers, authors, professors (two founded colleges), abolitionists, mariners, midwives, political campaigners, and pastors. Janice is enthusiastic about history and genealogy and believes that her ancestors chose her to research, document, preserve and tell their stories. She is always willing to assist anyone who may be interested in researching their family history.

Janice has made numerous genealogy presentations at genealogical and lineage societies, churches, libraries, universities, and she has presented for RootsTech 2021, 2022 and will present for 2023. She is a Paul E. Sluby African American Scholarship Recipient presented by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2021), and last year became a Podcaster in partnership with Cherekana Feliciano: Speak On It! History & Genealogy Conversations with Janice & Cherekana.

Janice’s professional experience includes over 20 years in Public Relations. Currently, she manages all business to business and consumer clients with her present employer. Janice loves history, genealogy, and travelling.