NGS 2022 Speaker Spotlight – Janice Lovelace

April 15th, 2022 by Roger Prince

African American and Mexican Cowboys—Janice Lovelace

SESSION: W148  TRACK: Western States  TITLE:  Were all the Cowboys White:  Finding Mexican and African American Cowboys

SESSION: T252  TRACK: African American  TITLE:  Telling Their Stories:  African American Women’s Stories and Voices

SESSION: F313  TRACK: Hispanic and Latin  TITLE:  Afro-Latinx in Nineteenth Century California

Janice Lovelace will give three talks at the NGS 2022 Family History Conference.  While all three talks are about African Americans, the diversity of the African American experience is reflected in the fact that the talks are in three different tracks. So be sure to look at multiple tracks when you are looking for talks in your area of interest.  There is a list of other African American-related talks at the bottom of this post.

A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective.  She is a frequent speaker at regional and national genealogical conferences.  A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for many years, she has served in several board positions. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

There is a full day’s track of African American talks on Thursday.  In addition to Dr. Lovelace’s talk on African American women’s stories, there will be talks by Ari Wilkins, Tracing the Enslaved and Formerly Enslaved in Newspapers; Charlotte Bocage, Finding Pamela: Researching Your Enslaved Ancestors; Calvin Dark, McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free, and Karina Robinson, An Introduction to California’s Early African American Landowners.  Ancestry will give a talk on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on the Freedman’s Bureau Records available on their website, and a talk by Amy Larner Giroux on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. is on Following Land and Slaves:  Analyzing Original Deeds from a Burned, Extinct County.

And of course, there are many talks of a more general nature that are relevant to African American researchers.  For example, many southern African Americans fled the racism of the Deep South and moved north or west in the so-called Great Migration. Cheri Hudson Passey will present From South to West: The Southern Diaspora in the United States, Friday at 4:oo p.m.  A review of the syllabus will uncover many other talks relevant to your African American research.