(Friday’s Keynote Speaker) – Lyle Gibson, father and veteran, has been actively engaged in genealogical research since 1990. His interest in history earned him a Master's from UMKC. As a Fulbright Scholar, he spent several weeks in Senegal, West Africa. He has spent over 18 years on the faculty of Metropolitan Community College (MCC) as a professor and active campus leader.
Gibson's first book, Black Tie White Tie: Chronicle of An American Family 1739-1940, written about his own family, was later made into a documentary. He co-authored We Are the American People: Our Nation’s History Through Documents and is a contributing author to the newly published Black Homesteaders of the South. Gibson collaborates to create documentaries on American life, and is currently working on An American Story Series.
As an advocate and volunteer, Gibson has worked with numerous faculty, student, and civic organizations, receiving awards from Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, KS public schools, MCC, American Association of Community Colleges, and National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. He is a George Washington Fellow of the SAR. GenealogyKC welcomes his participation.
Following the Streams of History: the Tributaries of Life – Lyle Gibson; Basic, Intermediate; (Friday at 10:15 AM)
This presentation will examine primary and secondary source information and how to contextualize information. Historical methodologies will provide the foundational tools necessary to research and document your family history. Importance will also be given to creating timelines and properly annotating your research. Information will also be given on how to adapt your research strategies; organizing and managing your research; what to do with your research; and the importance of genealogical discernment, knowing what is historically sound versus historically inaccurate.