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By The Skanner News
Published: 17 May 2006

Local author and genealogist Stephen Hanks will highlight "Jump-Start Your African American History," a genealogy workshop scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.

Participants will have a chance to practice research techniques using library computers and will be entered into a drawing to win a free DNA test. Copies of Hanks' book, Akee Tree: A Descendant's Search for his Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations, will be available for purchase.

The event kicks off with an introduction to DNA genealogy by Emily Aucilino of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. At 4:30 p.m. local genealogist O.B. Hill will discuss his experiences conducting genealogical research, and at 4:45 p.m., Hanks will demonstrate the beginning steps of research, using the family names of several participants.

From 5:30 to 6 p.m. participants can practice what they've learned on the library's computers. Librarian Janet Irwin will discuss library genealogical resources, including the specialized genealogical collection ad genealogy databases at the Central Library.

For more information, all 503-988-4810.

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