Call for Papers

When developing our conference program,  we provide a  balanced approach that meets the variety of skill levels and interest  levels of our audience, and we provide speakers of the highest quality who  represent the diversity and interests of our members and attendees. 

Our Concurrent Sessions are the educational backbone of each year's  Annual Conference and vary from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the  conference.

Our speaker presentations will fall in the following categories and generally will cover the following areas: 

  • DNA: testing options, interpreting results, incorporating into traditional research.
  • Educational Sources and Methods: identifying informational sources and techniques that advance positive experiences in teaching African American contributions in American history in the classroom.
  • Ethnicity, Race, and Nationality: providing resources and techniques for researching racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or background of Americans of African descent.
  • Family Presentations: case studies involving up-close, in-depth, and detailed examinations of family lineage and histories supported by multiple sources of evidence.
  • Genealogy: best practices in locating, accessing, using, and interpreting local, state, and federal government records, and public/private databases in identifying lines of family descent.
  • History: resources, techniques, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information relative to past events involving African American families and their circumstances, communities, and contributions to society.
  • Migration: historic domestic and international migration trails, reasons for migration whether forced or voluntary, and techniques for locating where ancestors went and from where they came.
  • Military: sources and techniques for searching for military ancestors with emphasis on the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II.
  • Preservation: best practices that seek to preserve, conserve, and protect landscapes, cemeteries, buildings, objects, and other artifacts of historical significance to the African American community.
  • Research: strategies and best practices that increase the body of knowledge of African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity.
  • Special Topics: any other topic that would advance a better understanding of African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity not listed herein.