An Interview with Kenyatta D. Berry

In episode #36, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kenyatta D. Berry about her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit, a Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy. Kenyatta was in Tampa for a few TV tapings and a visit to our local genealogical society and was gracious enough to spend some time with us. 

Kenyatta is a professional genealogist, lecturer, attorney, writer and TV personality. She has been doing research for over 20 years and specializes in African American genealogy and slave ancestral research. This past year she devoted much of her time to writing her new book which helps new genealogists get started on their research journey. 

There is so much packed into this book and it is easy to read and follow. There are chapters on US records research, including census, court, and property records. Chapters on immigrations, naturalization, and military. These are very comprehensive and have multiple lists by states so you will know when and where you can research for your particular research location. Other chapters cover ethnic and European research as well as DNA and adoption. 

Kenyatta’s book would be a wonderful addition to any family historians library and desk as a quick reference guide. 

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