The first Institute in the country dedicated to African American Genealogy was very successful! A big thank you goes out to the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society. Visit the website for more information and the scheduled 2014 Institute! Participants were challenged to explore and use genealogical resources and research strategies through a new lens. MAAGI had courses led by faculty from around the U.S. See a list of the faculty at http://www.maagi-stl.org/faculty.html.
Harris-Stowe State University, hosted the Institute who is known as a leader in training educators with a history of producing African American educators for over 100 years. The planning for 2014 is rolling and preregistration is happening. (http://www.maagi-stl.org/registration.html). I would recommend that you stay tuned by visiting the website often to catch the 2014 scholarship and updates. MAAGI also has a Facebook page. Social media is another way to stay informed on the happenings. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/643868735641328/)
The comments have been fabulous-“I never considered that”, “we are thinking outside the box”, and “I am learning a new way of looking at documents”, learning about how to develop a solid research plan is helping me combat some brick walls”.
MAAGI is not an annual conference, it is an Institute of Learning and attendees are working during their sessions and have homework. MAAGI Methods and Strategies is Track 1 and a great one to get you started doing African American research. It is a good track to learn a new way of research. Emphasis is on analyzing records, and knowing where to locate resources.
The excitement is still flowing and the cost is affordable. Meet me in St. Louis in 2014! If there are questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.