Collier will present cases where DNA enabled him to populate his family tree. DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed ancestors, which linked perfectly with the circumstantial and indirect evidence that were gathered. Collier will also show how DNA enabled him to break down that "1870 Brick Wall" to document enslaved ancestors.
About our Speaker
- Author of two books:
Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery, 2nd edition released in 2012 (See www.mississippitoafrica.com)
150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended, released in 2011 (See www.150yearslater.com)
His books have been used by genealogical and historical scholars as great reference sources for genealogical methodologies.
Currently employed by the Department of Defense.
Former civil engineer in corporate America for nearly 10 years; his passion for African-American history and historical preservation led to a major and fulfilling career change to the Archivist profession.
Former archivist at the Archives Research Center of the Atlanta University Center, where he has worked on the Morehouse College Dr. Martin Luther King Papers, the Maynard Jackson Administrative Papers and Photographs, the Dr. Asa Hilliard III Papers, and other collections, 2006-2013.
Has been conducting historical and genealogical research for over 20 years, starting at the age of 19.
Gives numerous presentations and workshops on historical and genealogical subjects.
Appeared on the NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are, as one of the expert genealogists in the Spike Lee episode.
Maintains a genealogy blog called Roots Revealed at www.rootsrevealed.com.
Earned a Master of Arts degree in African-American Studies, Clark Atlanta University, 2008, with additional graduate coursework in Archival Studies from Clayton State University, 2010-2012.
Recipient of the 2012 Marsha M. Greenlee History Award by the National Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).