Robert Davis, the director of the Genealogy Program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, will present a genealogy workshop Saturday at the Pell City Public Library.
The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The library is in the Pell City Municipal Complex.
Susan Mann, the assistant director for the library, said Davis is one of the most highly respected genealogists in the state and will help guide participants through research and recording family history.
Davis has been instrumental in building one of the South’s most extensive genealogical collections. Under his supervision, Wallace State was one of the first universities to offer genealogy instruction on a collegiate level.
Participating students are offered the chance to take field trips, planned by Davis, to libraries all around the country in order to collect genealogical data.
Under Davis’ leadership, the Wallace State Family and Regional History program received the Award for Outstanding Leadership in History in 2006 from the American Association for State and Local History.
In addition to teaching classes in genealogy, Davis also teaches courses in geography and history.
Davis achieved a Master of Education degree in history at North Georgia College and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He is doing more graduate work at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Also a graduate of the Institute of Documentary Editing of the National Historical Records Publications Commission, he is credited with more than 1,000 publications on records and research, including a number of books and more than 100 articles and reviews in professional, historical, library, education and archival journals.
Those journals include Prologue: the Quarterly of the National Archives, Gulf States Historical Review, The Alabama Review, Georgia Historical Quarterly and The South Carolina Historical Magazine. He has been quoted by Time, Smithsonian, CNN, NBC and The Wall Street Journal.
He is also credited for writing chapters on Alabama and Georgia in the current edition of Ancestry’s “Redbook.”
Articles written by Davis have appeared in Ancestry, The American Genealogist, Heritage Quest, The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
As a private citizen, he has worked to raise public awareness on the need to save local government records.
Saturday’s presentation will cover research techniques, methods of saving and presenting information, the specifics and importance of different kinds of documentation, as well as privacy issues, and more.
After the program, Davis will entertain questions from the audience as time permits.
Mann said whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher, participants can expect to learn something new and helpful at this event.
The program is free, and open to the public.