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Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, a web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Episode 91: Working With The Feds: the Southern Claims Commission & Congressional Records

In 1871, Congress established the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission) to review and make recommendations and potential reimbursements for the claims of southern loyalists who “furnished stores and supplies for the use of the U.S. Army” during the Civil War. Additionally, Congressional Records can be a goldmine for first …

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What I'm up to

2018 was filled with webinars, 5 trips to New York, a trip to California, Illinois, Kentucky, and more. Where will I be headed next? Wouldn’t you like to know? 🙂

BlackProGen is a group of professional genealogists who research and document African American families. We share research strategies, thoughts, ideas, experiences, and whatever comes to mind while working for clients and in our own research endeavors.

Out and About

Traveling to Benin

Hello mother land!
Check out this clip from my recent journey to West Africa with Kieron Graham who discovered his deep ancestral roots.

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A Visit with Uncle Al

A visit to New York
I had a ball getting to know Al Roker, host and weatherman on the morning mainstay, the Today Show. In this clip, I reveal his DNA results which guided his journey back to Africa.

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Telling my ancestral story

I recently had the opportunity to meet/speak with some amazing young people from Ole Miss about a special issue of their school paper, The Daily Mississippian. The result was a story about my family’s ties to the “father” of their school.

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