Genealogy as an Ancestral Practice
Featuring Valerie Wade, Sonya Welch-Moring, and Kathleen Evans Barnes
Valerie Wade | Lynnfield Historical Consulting
Valerie Wade is the owner of Lynnfield Historical Consulting, where she uses her expertise as a public historian and certified archivist to assist educators, creatives, and everyday people with history-related projects. She earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. She went on to study United States History at the graduate level at Duke University, where she earned her MA. Valerie is passionate about helping people connect with their historical legacies.
For more information about Valerie's work, visit www.lynnfieldhistorical.com.
Sonya Welch-Moring | Ancestral Constellations
Sonya Welch-Moring is a transgenerational practitioner, writer and ancestral researcher. A background as a professional coach, mediator and workshop facilitator, led her to develop Ancestral Constellations. This therapeutic process explores family and community dynamics, using systemic constellations and African spiritual traditions. It is a visual, storytelling approach, using figurines (dollies) to explore unresolved family issues and generational patterns. Sonya uses illustration and narrative in her work and is currently writing a commissioned book on Ancestral Constellations as family research in practice.
Kathleen Evans Barnes | Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Houston
As a long term educator and researcher, I have been avidly researching my family tree and history for the past eight years. I have lived most of my life in Houston, and I graduated from Bellaire High School in 1974. I attended University of Houston and received my bachelor's degree in English in 1979. I continued my education at Texas Southern University and received my master's of English in 1992. I taught for over thirty years in the Houston I.S.D. During those years, I received grants to study educational programs at Trinity University in Connecticut and Howard University in Washington, DC through the National Endowment of Humanities agency. As an educator/scholar with the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, I traveled for three weeks to Tokyo and Seiki City, Japan in 2001. As a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society locally and nationally, I have participated in numerous workshops and programs. Currently, I am married and enjoy genealogy, reading, traveling, and all many other interests.