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Janice Cross Gilyard


  • National Genealogical Society – Board Member (elected 2022)

  • Board for Certification of Genealogists -Paul E. Sluby African American Scholarship Recipient 2021/Selected MAAGI Institute 2022 (Slave Era Research)

  • Member of the National Genealogical Society

  • President of AAHGS – New Jersey Chapter

  • Member of The Genealogical Society of New Jersey

  • Board Member of 313+ Ancestors Speak

  • Board Member of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage

  • Team Leader for Genealogy/Howe House Preservation Project via Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Montclair, NJ

  • Podcast:  History & Genealogy Conversations with Janice & Cherekana

  • The History of the James Howe House - A Panel Discussion/Montclair Public Library

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration - U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services Newark, NJ Asylum Office


  • Good Day New York with Dan Bowens (FOX 5) – Underground Railroad Interview – History in Montclair, NJ


  • Kaleidoscope with Dustin Dumas – Television Interviews – Beginner Genealogy and Podcasting


  • Roots Tech 2022 – Using Historical Records Sets in African American Research


  • RootsTech Connect 2021 – African American Genealogy – Getting Past the 1870 Brick Wall


  • Family Search – Participant with Vidal Consulting Group - ROAR project (Reclaiming Our African Roots).


  • AAHGS-National Conference – Sons & Daughters of The United States Middle Passage Panel Discussion


  • Sons & Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage Conference held at Rider University (3 times) - A Case Study on Slave Narratives, Edward W. Cross, He Did not Drown (Here’s What I Found), Forrest Winfield Cozart – A Case Study with Mary K. Ragland, moderated three sessions for the 2022 Conference, and Poster Session


  • Rochester Institute of Technology and Arizona State University Interview with​ Dr. Juilee Decker, Sometimes They Find You – My 5th Great Grandmother, Willoughby McWhite - "Adapting and Finding Meaning in Uncertain Times: Journal of the Plague Year


  • Jamestown Foundation/Francis Marion Univ., SC – Genealogy Presentation


  • State Library of New Jersey – Hidden Figures in A Union County Town, Summit, NJ:  African American Notables & Two Historic Churches


  • Diversity Alliance of Freehold, NJ - Juneteenth Event – Guest Presenter


  • Jack and Jill of America - Genealogy Presentation for Youth


  • Blog Talk Radio with Bernice Bennett – An 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question Interview - My 5th Great Grandmother and Discovering a PBS/History Segment about her


  • Genealogy Adventures (Brian Sheffey & Donya Williams) – Panel Discussion on Bullying on Various Genealogy Platforms & Live Segment 

  • Academy of Legacy Leaders with Taneya Koonce (President of AAHGS Nashville) – Interview:  Willoughby McWhite (My 5th Great Grandmother/PBS/The History Detectives)


  • Caldwell Family History Center/LDS Research Center – Edward W. Cross, He Did NOT Drown (Here’s What I Found)

  • East Orange Public Library – Conducting Effective Genealogy Research (My Case Studies) and Little-Known History Facts

  • Elizabeth Public Library - Conducting Effective Genealogy Research (My Case Studies)


  • ​​ Union Public Library – Genealogy Case Study & Presentation


  • Rahway Public Library - Conducting Effective Genealogy Research (My Case Studies)

  • Legacy Path Genealogy Group – Beginner Genealogy & Her Story for Women’s History Month


  • New York Theological Seminary – Conducting Effective Genealogy Research


  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Montclair, NJ – The Importance of History & Genealogy


  • ​ Lighthouse Community Church, Pleasantville, NJ - Conducting Effective Genealogy Research (My Case Studies)


  • Seeds of Greatness Church, South Orange, NJ – Beginner Genealogy

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