Although Dr. Abbott does not accept clients, she is very active on the speakers’ circuit. You may choose one of the topics listed below or a new topic may be developed upon request.


  • Beginning Genealogy: Where do I Start?
  • It’s a Needle in a Haystack: Slave Research
  • Going Beyond the Basics: Vital Records & Related Sources
  • Using and Analyzing the U.S. Federal Censuses
  • The Importance of Staying Organized
  • Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor
  • Using Libraries and Archives
  • Bringing Your Ancestor To Life
  • Newspapers: An Overlooked Source
  • Breaking the Brick Wall: Using Courthouse Records
  • Using Land Records in Slave Research
  • Finding Your Female Ancestors
  • African American Genealogy: Leaving No Stone Unturned
  • Tracing a Kentucky Family from Slavery to Freedom
  • Voices from the Past: Using Manuscripts
  • Transcribing, Abstracting & Summarizing Genealogical Records

Speaking Conditions:

  • Lodging & transportation
  • Require screen, table and microphone (if needed)
  • Audio taping is not allowed (exception: special needs registrants with prior permission)
  • Camera-ready masters furnished for handouts
  • Home housing not accepted
  • Contact for fee schedule