News and Announcements




Kion Sanders, Public Relations Consultant




July 18, 2017


The International African American Museum Launches Groundbreaking African American Genealogy Center


CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry. The center will engage in genealogy education, original research, community archiving, public outreach, and collections. It will also assist with DNA testing.


The Center for Family History is the International African American Museum’s first program launch. It will engage visitors online now at , and in one of the most prominent gallery spaces in the museum.


The IAAM is scheduled to open in late 2019 or early 2020 and will be located on the former Gadsden’s Wharf - the site where almost half of all enslaved Africans first arrived in America via the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The museum will be a source of rich history and will likely become a place of pilgrimage for African Americans from around the country who will come to pay homage to their ancestors - engaging in the sacred site where they arrived.


“Many African Americans can only trace their lineage back a few generations. Discovering anything before that has proven to be challenging, if not impossible for most,” said Michael Boulware Moore, IAAM President/CEO. “While the IAAM, in total, will paint a broader picture of African American history, the Center for Family History will help individuals discover their own personal strands of that history. It promises to be an extremely powerful place that will change lives forever!”


The center is being developed by Toni Carrier – a nationally recognized genealogist, and founder of Lowcountry Africana. Toni conducted research on Michelle Obama's ancestry for Obama for America – actually tracing her paternal ancestor’s arrival to the site of the IAAM museum as well. The center will also be staffed by a team of experienced genealogists and historians to digitize records, present online research tutorials, and produce scholarly articles. Additionally, Carrier’s team will be fully equipped to assist visitors with selecting and ordering a DNA test, interpreting the results, and using online DNA matching resources to help visitors get the most from DNA testing.


“I’m honored and humbled to be able to lead this project at the International African American Museum,” said Carrier. “The Center for Family History not only strives to assist families with learning where their journey started – we also plan to help better prepare families to discover, honor and preserve their history for future generations. The IAAM Center for Family History is solely dedicated to African American genealogy and that makes it a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented research center.”


About the IAAM:

The International African American Museum (IAAM), located at the former Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, SC, will be a unique center of learning where individuals, families, and groups will advance their understanding and appreciation of African American History. Located on the primary site of enslaved Africans’ entry into North America, IAAM will afford a distinct opportunity to convey the shared and individual journeys of African Americans as part of the American narrative. · IAAM will include immersive, interactive exhibits, and multimedia experiences for visitors of all ages.

  • IAAM will include a “Center for Family History” where individuals and families will advance the ‚Äčexploration of their own personal histories.
  • IAAM will be a gateway to historic sites in South Carolina’s Lowcountry important to African American History.
  • IAAM will be a national and international resource and a significant addition to the cultural, educational, and economic assets of Charleston, the Lowcountry, and South Carolina.



Interview Published
George's interview with BottomLine Person, a subscription newsletter for middle-agers and up, has just been published. It's titled, "Beyond 8 Ways to Trace Your Family Tree." (Volume 37 Number 20 - October 15, 2016)


New Book by Drew Smith is Published
June 2016 - A new book by Drew Smith, well-known genealogical lecturer, author, and podcaster, has just been released. Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher has been published by Family Tree Books.
Stop struggling to manage all your genealogy facts, files, and data--make a plan of attack to maximize your progress. Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family-history finds. In this book, you'll learn how to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan. With this comprehensive guide, you'll make the most of your research time and energy and put yourself on a road to genealogy success.

Organize Your Genealogy features:
  • Secrets to developing organized habits that will maximize your research time and progress
  • Hints for setting up the right physical and online workspaces
  • Proven, useful systems for organizing paper and electronic documents
  • Tips for managing genealogy projects and goals
  • The best tools for organizing every aspect of your ancestry research
  • Easy-to-use checklists and worksheets to apply the book's strategies
Whether you're a newbie seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research. This is a must-have book for every genealogical researcher!

Aha! Seminars, Inc., Announces New Podcast
“Genealogy Connection” Joins “The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  -  TAMPA, FL, 20 June 2016 – Aha! Seminars, Inc., provider of training, consulting, and production of podcasts for the library and genealogical community, announces today that it is launching a new genealogy podcast titled Genealogy Connection, sponsored by Findmypast.
Genealogy Connection will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors, librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology developers, and other leaders in the community. Each episode will be approximately one hour in length, hosted by noted genealogical speaker, author, and podcaster Drew Smith. The first episode of the new podcast will debut the week of 27 June 2016.
“We are excited to add an informative and fun interview show for the genealogical community,” says Smith, who also is vice-president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “Interviews have been very popular with our audience, and our listeners are eager to learn from the perspectives of others in the community.”
Genealogy Connection joins with The Genealogy Guys Podcast, which debuted on 5 September 2005 and is the longest-running podcast with thousands of listeners around the world. Genealogy Connection will alternate with episodes of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and all episodes are free for download at and from the iTunes store, or by subscription from iTunes and/or with podcatcher software. All subscribers to The Genealogy Guys Podcast will automatically receive episodes of the Genealogy Connection podcast.
About Aha! Seminars, Inc.
Aha! Seminars, Inc., (  was founded in 1996 by George G. Morgan. Based in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, it has provided training and consulting to libraries and library consortia and to the genealogical community for over twenty years. The company has also produced The Genealogy Guys Podcast for almost 11 years.
About Findmypast
Findmypast ( is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.
About Drew Smith
Drew Smith is an academic librarian at the University of South Florida Library in Tampa, Florida. He is a well-respected speaker and author, whose new book, Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher has just been published by Family Tree Books. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship.
Contact Information:
Contact George G. Morgan at or (813) 220-6274
Contact Drew Smith at or (813) 263-2028


Drew Smith Receives

2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

ARLINGTON, VA, 3 MAY 2016— Drew Smith, MLS, is the 2016 recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. Smith, an Assistant Librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library, received his award and its $1,000 prize, which is underwritten by ProQuest, at the opening session of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. Created in 1999 by NGS, the award has been sponsored by ProQuest and Mr. William Forsyth since 2006.

Smith joined the University of South Florida Tampa Library and Information Science (now the School of Information) as an instructor and held that post to 2007. During that time, he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. He is the founder and administrator of the GENEALIB mailing list, a service for librarians serving genealogists.

He has written articles on genealogy for Genealogical Computing, Digital Computing, and NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine) and currently writes Rootsmithing with Technology column for FORUM, published quarterly by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). In 2009, Genealogical Publishing Company published his first genealogy book, Social Networking for Genealogists. His second book, co-authored with George G. Morgan, is Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill.

Smith regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, he has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the longest-running regularly produced genealogy podcast in the world, since 2005. Smith presented “Genealogy Programming at Your Library” at this year’s NGS Conference Librarians’ Day.

Smith served nine years as the president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, two years as secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, five years as a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and is current chair of the Family History Information Standards Organization.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Gives Podcast
Their Award of Merit
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has given The Genealogy Guys Podcast its Award of Merit in recognition of meritorious service to the genealogical community upon its 10th anniversary of its podcast.
George G. Morgan Wins Writing Award 
September 4, 2015 - The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors has announced the winners of its pretigious 2015 Excellence in Writing Competition. George G. Morgan has won third place in the Articles category.
George's Newest Book!
George G. Morgan has written the fourth edition of his best-selling book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, for McGraw-Hill Education. The new edition is completely updated and contains information and research techniques for the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia - the only book to cover all of these areas together. Traditional and electronic research methods are discussed in detail, and current information about websites, online databases, digitized newspapers, social media, and mobile phone apps is presented. Almost 200 graphics illustrate documents and websites to help you fully understand the information being presented.
The book will be available in softcover January 2015 at and Barnes & A Kindle version will be available soon after from
New Research Reference Publications!
George G. Morgan has written a new "Genealogy at a Glance" product about Research for Genealogical Publishing Co. This new four-page, laminated publication is available for order here and sells for $8.95. It is a great reference tool for new and experienced users.
George has also written a new "Genealogy at a Glance" publication about ResearchIt is now available from Genealogical Publishing Co. 
We are pleased to announce a new book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. The book has been published by McGraw-Hill and was released in August 2013 in softcover and in Kindle ebook format. 
"Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques" by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques uses up-to-date and highly organized methods and techniques to show you how to find the elusive details to round out your genealogy research. You’ll get past the brick walls that have stumped you and see how to move beyond basic types of genealogy resources. The book covers a variety of software programs and specialized genealogy tools and shows you how to create an online genealogical research log to preserve data found and organize it in ways to help you understand what you’ve uncovered. Nearly every form of modern social networking is addresses as is using DNA records. This practical, in-depth guide provides the next level of detail for anyone who wants to expand beyond the beginner tactics and techniques.
This is the first book collaboration by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, recognized genealogy experts, speakers, and authors. They are well known as the cohosts of The Genealogy Guys (sm) Podcast, the oldest genealogical podcast in the world and enjoyed by thousands of listeners around the world.
The book is available for pre-order at in print and Kindle editions, and in print edition from Barnes and Noble
New and Updated Genealogy Seminars
George G. Morgan announced on 22 September 2013 the avaiability of a number of new genealogy lecture topics and significant updates to others in the repertoire. Please visit his Genealogy Seminars webpage and look for these new and exciting new seminar topics.
George Receives Award
George G. Morgan was presented with an award by the Association of Professional Genealogists at the 2013 Federation of  
Genealogical Societies conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 23 August 2013. The APGQ Excellence Award was awarded for his consistently high standards of writing for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly magazine. George is shown in the photograph receiving the award from APG President Kenyatta Berry at the APG luncheon at the conference.
Podcast Award
The Genealogy GuysSM, Podcast has been named as one of the 100 Top Genealogy Websites for 2013 by Family Tree Magazine.
New Magazine Articles
George G. Morgan's articles regularly appear in magazines published in the U.S. and Canada. The most recent articles include: