Bernice Bennett will be sharing her journey researching her family and using DNA to bring her back to Africa. Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, genealogist, nationally recognized speaker, storyteller, and producer-host of the popular Research at the National Archivesand Beyond Blogtalkradio program. She is the first
recipient of the Ida B. Wells Service Award given by the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle
Passages for her dedication to broadcast stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent.
Bennett is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society and also a founding
Coordinator and faculty member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. In addition, she is a
Citizen’s Archivist with the National Archives in Washington, DC. Her genealogical research centers on Southeast
Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood Counties, South Carolina. Her South Carolina journey is
chronicled in collaborative book - Our Ancestors, Our Stories, which won the 2018 International Afro
American Historical and Genealogical Society award for Non-Fiction Short Stories. Her new book - Tracing
Their Steps: A Memoir is about The Journey to Find Granddaddy’s Land in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.