Diversity is the hallmark of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference, which will take place at

the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center through May 7. the conference offers lectures on a wide-range of topics with titles such as “Duty, Honor, Service: Freemen of Color at the Battle of New Orleans, War 1812” and “Why Tampico? The Exodus of Pensacola’s Creoles of Color.”

The conference also features lectures on how census slave schedules, Freed- men’s Bureau records, African American cemeteries, and black college newspapers can advance your genealogical research.

Other presentations include “Behind Closed Doors: An Introduction to Plaçage,” “Colored Confederate Pension Applications,” “Recovering Identities of Slaves of Roseland Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Case Study,” and “Finding Freedmen Marriage Records.”

In all, the conference will have 180 lectures on a variety of subjects such as Jewish, European, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean genealogy, research into women ancestors, and much more.

For more conference information, visit 2016 NGS Family History Conference.