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Learning about African American genealogy from a local expert on Coast Live

Posted at 12:56 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 13:06:45-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Mary Lovell Swetnam is a reference librarian at the Virginia Beach Library, where she teaches genealogy classes and is frequently called upon for genealogical research assistance for shows like "Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates". She joins us to talk about her experience uncoving Queen Latifah's genealogical history and shares some tips and suggestions for those that are interested in researching their own family history. Plus, she reveal some important details about April's ancestry that even she didn't know.

Mary Lovell will be teaching an African American genealogy class at Kempsville Library on February 16 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Visit to learn more.