Incorporating Oral History into Your Research

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Incorporating Oral History into Your Research

Unlock Hidden Treasures: Explore the Power of Oral History in Genealogical Research

What You Will Learn

Oral history can dramatically enhance your genealogical research. Not only can it provide you with names, dates of life events, and places, these narratives can reveal motives for migration, explanations of brief marriages, or descriptions of an ancestor’s personality. Oral histories can offer information that traditional records may not provide.


Ari Wilkins is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Ms. Wilkins has been actively researching family history since 1998, specializing in African American research. Ms. Wilkins speaks nationally and locally. She has had the honor to speak at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

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