Janis Minor Forté

1710 E. 83rd Place
Chicago, Illinois 60617
USA

Phone: 773-768-4413

Email: Fortejm@yahoo.com

Contact between 10:00am to 10:00pm Central time


Certifications:

University of Chicago, Masters in Social Service Administration, National Genealogical Society,American Genealogy, International Society of the Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry, Tennessee Genealogical Society, Certificate of Tennessee Ancestry,


Awards:

James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture, 2014 FGS Conference, San Antonio Tx. 1st Place, Excellence in Writing Contest, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Honorable Mention, Category 3 - Genealogy Newsletter.


Specialties:

Methodology, Problem Solving, Case Studies, Record Sources, African-American Genealogy, Colored Confederate Pension Application: Valuable Economic, Social and Genealogical Primary Source Material", "They're Not On the Census: Using Non-Traditional Sources to Identify the Slave Holder, Freedmen's Bureau Records, Bridging the Gap Between Census Years, Plantation Journals, Utilizing Free and Subscription Websites to Enhance Genealogical Research, Creating a Heritage Book: A Project for Family Societies, Genealogy Societies, Churches and Faternal Orders". Many other lecture topics as well as extended hand-on workshop style presentations.


Lectures:

see above


Speaking Conditions:

Available to travel for large and small conferences, workshop, seminars and or groups. Need AV equipment including overhead projector/screen, microphone. Audio/vidio taping of sessions by permission only. Fees and travel accomodations negoiated.


Previous Engagements:

Roots Tech:Feb. 2015, Using Technology to Uncover Your Genealogical Treasure Trove, and Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery, “What the Census Says: Verifying the 19th Century Births of Sally (Campbell) Driver”, Keynote Lecture. Workshop: "Even Gangster had to Register: Exploration of Selective Service Records, presented to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2014 “Even Gangsters: W. W. I Draft Registration Cards and Companion Registers of Delinquents, Deserters and Classification Lists”, presented to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2014 “Colored Confederate Pension Applications: Valuable Economic, Social and Genealogical Primary Source Material”, presented to the Tennessee Study Group of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago, Inc. (AAGHSC), Sept. 6, 2014 “They’re Not On the Census: Using Non-Traditional Sources to Identify Slave Ancestry and Slave Ownership”, presented to the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2014 Conference, San Antonio, Tx., August 29, 2014 “More Than Just A Population Count: Using 1820 to 1880 Supplemental Census Schedules to Identify Deceased Relatives and Missing Kin”, presented to the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2014 Conference, San Antonio, Tx., August 29, 2014 “Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery: Accessing Southern Court Petitions That Identify Slaves, Their Owners and Free People of Color, 1767-1867” , The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference awarded this lecture: The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture, presented to San Antonio, Tx., August 28, 2014 “Even Gangsters: W. W. I Draft Registration Cards and Companion Registers of Delinquents, Deserters and Classification Lists”, presented to the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, (MAAGI), Harris-Stowe University, St. Louis, Missouri, July 2014 “Exploring Supplemental Schedules: Their Value to African American Research”, presented to the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, (MAAGI), Harris-Stowe University, St. Louis, Missouri, July 2014 “Creating A Society Heritage Book: A Project for Family Societies, Genealogy Societies, Churches and Fraternal Orders”, presented to the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, (MAAGI) , Harris-Stowe University, St. Louis, Missouri, July 2014 “Slave Tags: The Governmental Licensing, Labeling and Marketing of Human Souls”, presented to the Ohio State Genealogical Society, Sandusky, Ohio, May 3, 2014 “Even Gangsters: W. W. I Draft Registration Cards and Companion Registers of Delinquents, Deserters and Classification Lists”, presented to the Ohio State Genealogical Society, Sandusky, Ohio, May 1, 2014 “Finding Your Ancestral Treasure Trove: A pathway to African American Genealogy and Family History”, presented to the monthly meeting of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago, Inc. (AAGHSC), Chicago, Ill. April 13, 2014 “Finding Your Ancestral Treasure Trove: A pathway to African American Genealogy and Family History”, presented to the Wilmette Family History Conference, Wilmette, Ill. March 22, 2014 “The African American Heritage Book: A Project for Family Societies, Genealogy Societies, Churches and Fraternal Order”, Research at the National Archives and Beyond! Blog Talk Radio interview, Bernice Bennett, Host, Jan. 23, 2014


Bio:

Janis Minor Forté is the granddaughter of slaves. She has been researching her family history since about 1979. Elements of her genealogical research have be presented before large and small audiences on radio talk shows and national television. Articles about her research have appeared in the Chicago Tribune. She has also authored articles in several genealogy journals and magazines. In 2009 she chaired the publication of a African American Heritage Book. This 386 page hard cover fully indexed book is housed in all of the major genealogy libraries and archives. The book has be digitized by FamilySearch.org and is available for on-line reading.

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