, 2022-05-10 15:00:00,
Those curious about their family history can visit a new genealogical research center at the Brazos Valley African American Museum that debuted Tuesday.
Utilizing computers and research databases, patrons can learn more about their lineage while assisted by volunteer researchers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The free-to-use research center is open between noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, according to museum board member Barry Davis. Patrons will be required to make an appointment three days in advance, Davis said.
Patrons are suggested to bring as much information about their family history as possible for better results, said Lisa Mouton, local communications director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“We recommend filling out a four-generation pedigree chart and we can provide a copy of that to patrons who wish to use this service,” Mouton said.
Dubbed The Pruitt-Sadberry Genealogy Family History Search, the research center honors the museum’s co-founders, Willie Pruitt Sr. and Mell Pruitt, along with the museum’s former curator, Wayne Sadberry.
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Sadberry died in January, but during the museum’s 15-year anniversary he had discussed his desire to start a genealogical research center at the museum, said Rich Boivie, the community outreach specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“It’s becoming more and more prevalent that people really want to know where they came from,” Boivie said….
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