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.
About the Division of Special Collections & Archives
Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Division of Special Collections & Archives holds rare and irreplaceable historical materials for the benefit of the public and scholarly community. They oversee the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, Cuban Collection of Rare Books & Ephemera, Genealogy Collection, Vasari Project archive, and Rare & Antiquarian books from as early as the 17th century. The Division aims to provide the public with the contents of these collections at their request, which include books, original manuscripts, over 18,000 photographs, prints, artifacts, audiovisual resources, and electronic media.