Conversations with Kenyatta
December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Kenyatta Berry, a co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, is coming to Tampa for one night to discuss genealogy, family history, and her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy. Our president, Tammy Patascher, will interview Kenyatta about her book, her passion for family history and conclude with a question & answer session. Kenyatta will sign her book afterwards. We will provide refreshments and street parking around the library is free at this time of night.
About the book —
A personal genealogy quest is more than just about ethnic percentages; it’s about creating and building a story about your family history. With the rise and popularity of TV shows such as Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are?, the influx of online companies such as Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com, genealogy as a niche hobby has gone mainstream and high tech. The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, sometimes exhilarating waters of finding your ancestors. From how and where to begin, to what records are available online and in repositories. From what to do once you find the information, to how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries. The Family Tree Toolkit is the perfect guide for a methodical yet personal inquiry into your unique history. (from Kenyatta’s website)
Kenyatta D. Berry is a Professional Genealogist, Entrepreneur and Attorney with over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey whilst in law school studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, the city her ancestors have lived since the 1920’s. A frequent lecturer, writer and television personality, Berry focuses on African American Genealogy, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA. Those being her areas of expertise, Kenyatta is extremely knowledgeable in the field of Genealogy as a whole and is working diligently to bridge the gap between Genealogists and Historians, a merging of professions Berry deems necessary. She has been featured in Black Enterprise, Real Simple, Jet, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee, and Wave Newspaper along with other notable publications. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including #WomensWednesday, Make it Plain and Extreme Genes on SiriusXM Radio. Berry, a host on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), has been featured on several morning news shows in various markets and made a splash with her appearance on The Real (FOX), where she revealed the DNA results of the hosts. Her most recent appearance on For Peete’s Sake (OWN) is generating buzz surrounding her expertise in the field of genealogy.