Sherri, a genealogist and historian, received her undergraduate degrees in history and sociology, a Master’s degree from Washburn University and a Certificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University. She was founding president of the Kansas Network to Freedom-Educating the public on the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in Kansas. This group was responsible for the UGRR Conference in Topeka in 2010. Sherri is the founder and president of Kansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) 2011 and has served five years as the National AAHGS Vice-President and two years as its President.
In 2013, Sherri published a book titled, African American Topeka, an Image of American Series book from Arcadia Publishers. It covers over 150 years of African Americans in Topeka, Kansas. Sherri is currently a librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. She teaches genealogy and history workshops and classes across the country. She is married, with four grown children and 12 grandchildren
· Researching at Your Public Library: Saturday at 11:30 AM
· Researching the Enslaved: Friday at 11:30 AM
Researching at Your Public Library – Sherri Camp; Intermediate; (Saturday at 11:30 AM)
Researching at your public library can provide you with many resources if you know where to look. Public libraries provide reference materials, city directories, local history and private collections and databases to help you with your genealogical and historical research. This presentation will show you how to use a library for research and give you examples of resources you may find in your local library and in libraries around the county.
Researching the Enslaved – Sherri Camp; Intermediate; (Friday at 11:30 AM)
African Americans who were enslaved can be difficult if you don’t know the specific obstacles that come with researching past 1870. Many African Americans were enslaved until Emancipation and therefore were not counted before the 1870 Census which was the first census that counted all Americans. In Researching the Enslaved, you will learn research strategies to help locate records that will help you locate, and document enslaved African Americans before 1870. You will leave with 5 research strategies to help successfully locate records.
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