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Where We Meet

The Main Line Genealogy Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, from 1 to 3 pm. The Club began holding its monthly meetings online using Zoom in April, 2020. We will continue to meet online for the foreseeable future.

When the current health emergency subsides sufficiently to allow in-person meetings, we will resume them at our NEW location: Tredyffrin Public Library. 582 Upper Gulph Rd, Strafford, PA 19087, from 1 to 3 pm. These will be hybrid in-person and Zoom meetings to allow you to participate either way.

Whether you attend online or in person, we ask you to consider making a voluntary $5.00 contribution at each meeting to help defray our expenses.

Our Next Meeting


202210feb1:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican American Genealogy Basics illustrated by Dean Henry (via Zoom)


Event Details

Alex Haley’s ( Roots book and TV miniseries in 1976/1977 ushered in an era of family history research that illustrated that it was possible for African Americans to trace their
heritage back prior to 1870. During this year’s Black History Month, Dean Henry will recap not only the “typical” African American genealogy research process using examples / illustrations ,
including some from his own family research, but will also dispel some myths about this research specialty. Some relevant newer developments in online websites and consumer genetic testing are also highlighted.

Dean Henry began focusing on his family’s genealogy in the late 1980’s. Since retiring from a career in Information Technology in 2013, he has consulted as a professional genealogist and cybersecurity leader. He established Family Pearl LLC ( with specialities focusing African American Genealogy, and Genealogy Technology Dean’s current volunteer activities include Executive Board member for the African American Genealogy Group (; Board of Management member for the Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (; and Auditor General for the recently formed Society of First African Families of English America ( He is also a member and past Treasurer for Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (, and is a member of the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage ( Dean received a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from La Salle University. He a graduate chapter member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity incorporated (, which he joined as an undergraduate in 1972.


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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The Main Line Genealogy Club welcomes all who are interested in learning more about their ancestors, both newcomers and those who are more experienced. Our purpose is to present programs that will help both new and experienced students to research their own family genealogies and to learn new techniques for improving their knowledge of their ancestors and their family histories.

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