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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People by Robyn Smith

Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the clever shorthand of the “FAN” club—their friends, associates, and neighbors. Researching this larger group of people often leads to greater success in reconstructing families. Ms. Smith provides guidelines and several case studies of applying the technique.

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About the presenter

RobynSmith-2021-144x144Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for over 20 years. An engineer by day, Robyn applies those research and problem-solving skills to the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland, African American, Slavery and Court Records research. From 2008-2015, Robyn taught an Advanced African American Genealogy class at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. She is a Past Vice-President of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). Ms. Smith also lectures and writes extensively about family history research. She is the author of numerous published genealogy articles and for over ten years has authored a genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin ( In 2015, Ms. Smith published the book version of her blog, “The Best of Reclaiming Kin,” which was recommended in the syllabus at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Robyn has lectured at Family History Center annual conferences, as well as national genealogical conferences. She has spoken at the Maryland State Archives Genealogy Conference and served as one of their volunteer genealogists in 2014 and 2015. She also lectured at the Reginald Lewis Museum in 2011. In 2017, Robyn was awarded the Paul Edward Sluby Sr. Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award for Distinguished Performance in Support of African American History and Genealogy. In addition to writing and teaching, Robyn also has a special passion for documenting the histories of African American communities and promoting adherence to genealogical standards.

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