Named after educator, philanthropist, advocate of child care and founder of New York’s first Sunday School, Katy Ferguson also known as Catherine Ferguson. The Harlem, New York brownstone was built in 1910 and became the home to the Katy Ferguson House which opened on 1920 to provide temporary care for unmarried African American mothers and young women over the age of 16. After coming across this article in The New York Age newspaper, I decided to ride my bike by the location. Today, 162 West 130th street is no longer a shelter for women but multiunit apartments.
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We are pleased to announce the 14th annual Harlem Genealogical Conference will take place Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 360 Malcolm X Boulevard (128th Street) with a focus on DNA and Genetic Genealogy. The Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will host the event at its Harlem church building, which is free and open to the public. The conference will focus on using traditional family history research in tandem with DNA testing to tell the stories of our families. Keynote speakers are Bernice A. Bennett and Shannon Christmas.
The two hosting organizations share a long partnership with a multi-generational commitment to genealogy throughout the world. This conference provides individuals of African descent self-affirmed experiences, reflections, and discoveries, while those not of African descent will gain a deeper understanding of the African-ancestored experience. The conference’s missions are to expose new participants to the joy of genealogy and to further research the historical travels of people of the African diaspora.
Are you going to be in the New York City area this weekend? If so please join us for the Annual Genealogy Conference hosted by AAHGS-NY and LDS this Saturday, March 18th, 2017.
- Pre-conference activities will involve volunteer assisted questions and answers by consultation and computer.
- Keynote address by Professor Gunja SenGupta, Chair Department of History, Brooklyn College
- Film clips from the African Heritage Day, Roots Tech Conference
- Research-directed story-telling and information sharing by AAHGS-NY members.
- Reception immediately following