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The Family Tree Toolkit Free Library Adventure

August 3, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

In partnership with Carlsbad City Library and North San Diego County Genealogical Society

About the Event

by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society to bring you a free Family Tree Toolkit Adventure with author Kenyatta Berry, host of the enormously popular PBS television show, Genealogy Roadshow.

Have you ever wanted to explore your family history, or dig deeper into the information you have already gleaned about your ancestors? Modern technology has opened up new doors, turning what once used to be a labor-intensive hobby into an easier than ever exploration. And thanks to programs like ancestry.com and shows like Genealogy Roadshow, even novice genealogists can begin the journey to uncovering their family’s past with little experience.

All you need to begin is the desire to explore, but with the help of professional genealogist and host of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, Kenyatta Berry, and her newly published The Family Tree Toolkit, you will have everything you need to get started on your very own personal genealogy quest.

Kenyatta’s new book, The Family Tree Toolkit, is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, but always exhilarating, waters of finding your ancestors. Learn how and where to begin, what records are available online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, and how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries. The Family Tree Toolkit is the perfect guide for a methodical yet personal inquiry into your unique history.

This free Adventure includes a book discussion, Q&A, book signing, and the opportunity to meet the author up close and personal. Books will be available for signing and purchase at the event.

About the Author and Book

Kenyatta D. Berry is a Professional Genealogist, Entrepreneur and Attorney with over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey during law school studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, the city her ancestors have lived since the 1920’s.

A frequent lecturer, writer and television personality, Berry focuses on African American Genealogy, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA. Those being her areas of expertise, Kenyatta is extremely knowledgeable in the field of Genealogy as a whole and is working diligently to bridge the gap between Genealogists and Historians, a merging of professions Berry deems necessary.

She has been featured in Black Enterprise, Real Simple, Jet, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee, and Wave Newspaper along with other notable publications. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including #WomensWednesday, Make it Plain and Extreme Genes on SiriusXM Radio.

Berry, a host on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), has been featured on several morning news shows in various markets and made a splash with her appearance on The Real (FOX), where she revealed the DNA results of the Hosts. Her most recent appearance on For Peete’s Sake (OWN) is generating buzz surrounding her expertise in the field of Genealogy.

On March 11, 2016, Berry received a California Legislature Assemblyman Resolution from the Honorable Jim Cooper on the floor of the State Capitol where he declared March 11th, Kenyatta D. Berry day. The Resolution recognized her work in genealogical research. March 12, 2016, Berry also received a Resolution from the City of Sacramento recognizing her work in Slave Ancestral Research.

As the demand grows for people to learn more about their lineage and DNA, Berry remains deeply engrossed in her pursuit of knowledge and uses it to continually educate and inform. With her first book newly completed, due to be released as early as next spring, Kenyatta may soon find herself connecting more dots than ever.

About the North San Diego County Genealogical Society

The North San Diego County Genealogical Society is an incorporated, non-profit organization founded in 1968. Their mission is to encourage study and research in genealogy and local history. To this end, NSDCGS sponsors programs designed to provide information and continuing education on genealogy research topics. Find out more.

Event Registration:

Event is free and open to the public (on a first-come, first-served basis); registration is not necessary. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Only books purchased at the event will be eligible for signing. Questions about the event may be directed to the Carlsbad City Library at 760-602-2049.


August 3, 2019
2:00 PM
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