Deborah A. Abbott

17404 Invermere Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44128

Phone: (216) 956-1346


Contact between 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Eastern Time


Dr. Abbott's four-year genealogical research project about an African American Family from Kentucky entitled "From Slavery to Freedom to Antioch" was highlighted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) Newspaper (February 2008)under the title "Six-Volumes to Amplify a Family History". Recently (February 2010) the City Council of Detroit, Michigan presented Dr. Abbott with a "Testimonial Resolution" for her outstanding commitment to African American genealogy research.


  • Beginning Genealogy
  • African American Genealogy
  • Using the Federal Census
  • Using Vital Records
  • Slave Research
  • Organization
  • Methodology
  • Using Libraries/Archives

  • Lectures:

  • Beginning Genealogy: Where do I Start?
  • It's a Needle in a Haystack: Slave Research
  • Going Beyond the Basics: Vital Records & Related Sources
  • Using and Analyzing the U.S. Federal Censuses
  • The Importance of Staying Organized
  • Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor
  • Using Libraries and Archives
  • Bringing Your Ancestor To Life
  • Newspapers: An Overlooked Source
  • Breaking the Brickwall: Using Courthouse Records
  • Using Land Records in Slave Research
  • Finding Your Female Ancestors
  • African American Genealogy: Leaving No Stone Unturned
  • Tracing a Kentucky Family from Slavery to Freedom
  • Voices from the Past: Using Mauscripts
  • Transcribing, Abstracting & Summarizing Genealogical Records

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Honorarium, lodging & transportation
  • Require screen, table and microphone (if needed)
  • Audio taping is not allowed (exception: special needs registrants with prior permission)
  • Camera-ready masters furnished for handouts
  • Home housing not accepted
  • New lectures developed upon request

  • Previous Engagements:

  • Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference, 2010 & 2011
  • Kentucky Genealogical Society, Frankfort, KY, 2010
  • Anderson Public Library, Anderson, IN, 2010
  • Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI, 2010
  • Oberlin African-American Genenalogy & History Group, Oberlin, OH, 2010
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), Little Rock, AK, 2009
  • Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Summer Workshop, 2009 & 2010
  • Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora, Buffalo, NY., 2009
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), Philadelphia, PA., 2008
  • Institute for Historical Genealogy and Research (IHGR), Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., 2006, 2008, & 2010
  • Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indianapolis, Ind., 2007,2008 & 2011
  • WVIZ-PBS,Channel 25, "African American Lives" Community Celebration, Cleveland, Oh., 2008
  • Afro American Genealogical Society of Chicago (AAGSC), Chicago, IL, 2008
  • Detroit Public Library, Family History Festival, Detroit, MI., 2006-2010
  • RootsMagic Genealogy Caribbean Cruise, 2007
  • Genealogy At Sea Caribbean Cruise, 2006

  • Bio:

    Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., is past president of the African-American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS). She is a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. She holds both the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees from Tuskegee University (Alabama) and the Ph.D. degree from Kent State University (Ohio). She is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at Samford University (Alabama). She has presented lectures at a variety of local genealogical societies, libraries, schools, and churches throughout northeast Ohio and the surrounding states. Even though Dr. Abbott specializes in African American genealogy, she enjoys teaching genealogy methodology. Her love for genealogy shows through her talks as she lectures on a wide variety of topics suited for all levels of genealogist. She is presently working on a genealogy project which will contain a newly discovered court document entitled "The Register of Free Negroes in Boyle County, Kentucky, 1852". Dr. Abbott is a member of te Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and many local genealogical societies. She has been researching in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky since 1990.

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