African American Ancestry Presentation by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

This event will take place Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm with a reception to follow.

Location:  Self Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute Building, 230 Kappa Street, Clemson, SC (located off of Perimeter Road on the Clemson University campus )

Researching African-ancestored families can be challenging due to the lack of pre-1870 documentation. Names of enslaved people first show up in 1870, the first federal census after emancipation.  Finding records of ancestors before the 1870 can be complicated but there are resources and creative ways to discover the ancestry and stories of African Americans.   Please join us for an evening of learning and understanding with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson on discovering those creative ways to uncover your family ancestry.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is an author, lecturer, facilitator, and certified genealogist specializing in African American genealogy in the South. She has spent more than 35 years researching her African American Garrett line, and others, who lived in or near Laurens, SC when slavery was abolished.  Additional information about Ms. Garrett-Nelson and her research can be found at

Co-sponsored by the Clemson University Libraries and the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. Please register for the event at