LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

Washington, District of Columbia 20016
Laurens, South Carolina 29360

Business Phone: 202-674-7336
URL: LabGarrettGenealogy


Certified Genealogist (R)


First Place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2013 Excellence-in-writing Competition, Category 5 (Unpublished Material by Published Authors); for the article "Searching for the Slave Owners of Isaac Garrett: Expanding Research Beyond Online Sources."


African American Families in the South, primarily the Carolinas.


See Recent Engagements

Speaking Conditions:

She is available to present genealogical lectures on researching African-ancestored families from the historical slave South; I can provide this service in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the Greenville area of the Upstate of SC (including Laurens County), and elsewhere by arrangement.

Previous Engagements:

30 September 2017: “A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists,” APG: Professional Management Conference. 11 May 2017: Condemnation of Memory: Recalling that African American Genealogy Is American Genealogy, BCG Sponsored luncheon at the 2017 National Genealogy Society Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina. 13-16 October 2016: The 37th Annual (2016) Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA: Researching African American Families that came out of Slavery. 25 August 2016: A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina, Research at the National Archives and Beyond (Bernice Bennett’s blog talk radio show). 13 August 2016: The Era of Slavery: Analysis of probate records & study of probate process (two-hour workshop), Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Central Maryland Chapter, Columbia, Maryland. 17 July 2016: “Including African American Genealogy in the American Mosaic,” Speaker, Annual Banquet, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records Alumni Association, Rosslyn, Virginia.


LaBrenda is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; she lectures and writes about African American families in the South. She is also the Registrar General for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage lineage Society. Her 2016 book, A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, SC, and Selected Finding Aids, is available on,, and An e-book is also available. A 20 November 2016 review in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides a great overview of how the book can be useful to researchers in other SC counties and others states: "African-American research guide is a model for others".

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