Presented by the Special Collections & Archives Division of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, located at the Main Library.
About the Guest Speaker
Phillip Nicholas is a professional genealogist specializing in Jamaican, Barbadian, and British genealogy and owns Genealogy Detective Caribbean, LLC. He has presented for the Frederick County Public Library (FCPL), the Allen County Public Library (ACPL), the Yonkers Public Library (YPL), Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), the Clayton Library Center, and RELIC at the Central Library where he discussed how to trace your Caribbean ancestry and the complexity of slavery. Phillip Nicholas has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned his Master of Arts in Comparative & Transnational History from the College of William & Mary. He has experience processing, researching, and analyzing archival records. He wrote his thesis about the cultural transformations of enslaved people from the Gold Coast in 18th-century Jamaica. With his background in history, he knows the value of understanding the historical context of an event and location when conducting genealogy.