Wevonneda Minis

Charleston, South Carolina USA

Phone: (843) 670 6115

Business Phone: (843) 670 6115
Email: wminis@gullahroots.com
URL: www.gullahroots.com

Contact between 10:30 am to 6:30 pm U.S. Eastern


  • General Research Methodology
  • African-American Research
  • African-American Civil War Era Records
  • Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Georgia Research
  • Gullah/Geechee Genealogical Research
  • South Carolina Research

  • Lectures:

  • Slaves in Owners' Church Records: An Overlooked Source
  • Did Great-Grandmother Really Vanish Into Thin Air: Using Asylum Records
  • Starting Out: Basic Genealogy Skills
  • Digging Your Roots: Basics and African-American Research
  • Interviewing for Clues
  • Branching Out: Vital Records
  • Breaking Through African-American and Other Brick Walls
  • Knowing the Old Hometown: Benefits of Learning Local History
  • Researching African-Americans in the Wake of the Civil War
  • Freedmenís Bureau Labor Contracts
  • Family Reunion Workshops
    Additional lectures to meet specific needs

  • Speaking Conditions:

    Speaker travels to seminars and workshops
    Honorarium, lodging and transportation required
    Speaker provides LCD projector
    Speaker supplies masters for handouts
    No audio or video taping

    Previous Engagements:

  • National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Charleston County (SC) Public Library, 2016
  • National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference, Richmond, VA
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL
  • 2012 International Black Genealogy Summit, Salt Lake City, UT
  • National Genealogical Society 2011 Family History Conference, Charleston, SC
  • Family Tree University, South Carolina Genealogy Crash Course, webinar, 2011
  • Annual Summer Workshop, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Columbia, SC, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Annual Workshop, Charleston, SC, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Hampton County Historical Society, Varnville, SC 2012
  • Dorchester County Library, St. George, SC, 2011
  • St. Andrews Library, Charleston, SC, 2011
  • Graham AME Church, Charleston, SC, 2010
  • Charleston Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society Workshop, North Charleston, SC, 2010
  • Charleston Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, membership lecture, Charleston, SC, 2010
  • Wesley United Methodist Church, Johns Island, SC, 2010
  • Bligen-Brown Family Reunion, Edisto Island, SC, 2009
  • Magnolia Plantation/Lowcountry Africana, Charleston, SC, 2009
  • Old St. Bartholomew Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Walterboro, SC, 2009
  • Charleston Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Charleston, SC, 2009
  • Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC, 2008
  • Roots and Branches Workshops, Charleston, SC, 2008
  • Summerville Preservation Society, Summerville, SC, 2008

  • Bio:

    Wevonneda Minis has researched family history for more than twenty years and lectured for more than fifteen. Her work includes tracing three lines of her Geechee/Gullah ancestors and documenting three slaveholders. She researches in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Bahamas, England, Scotland and the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. Ms. Minis has completed Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard, and Becoming An Online Expert Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh; Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis, Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, Military Records Research III: 1821-1919, and Genealogy As a Profession Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, AL; and American Genealogy, the National Genealogical Society.

    Ms. Minis also wrote Kinship, a weekly genealogy column for the Post and Courier in Charleston, SC (2007-2011). She is founding director of Roots and Branches: An African American-Genealogy Project.

    Her memberships and affiliations also include International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (president), the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, South Carolina Genealogical Society (past board member), Genealogical Speakers Guild, and South Carolina Archives and History Foundation (board).

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