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Deborah A. Abbott

Portrait of Debbie Abbott B.S., Tuskegee University
M.Ed., Tuskegee University
Ph.D., Kent State University

Lecturer: Courses 7, 8


Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., has served as an adjunct faculty member at IGHR since 2007. She currently serves as the Cleveland District Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) and is an associate with Kentucky- Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN. Dr. Abbott specializes in African American research and genealogical methodology and has presented lectures at a variety of state and national conferences, as well as local societies & libraries. Dr. Abbott has attended advance courses in several genealogical institutes. In addition to IGHR, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, UT.

During the 2011 FGS Conference held in Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Abbott delivered the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture entitled "Slave Research: A Closer Look at Freedom." In addition, one of her major research projects which traces an African American family from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Illinois was highlighted in The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper under the title "Six Volumes to Amplify a Family History."

Dr. Abbott is a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS). She holds both the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees from Tuskegee University (AL) and the Ph.D. degree from Kent State University (OH). In addition to OGS & AAGS, Dr. Abbott is a member of NGS, FGS, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), as well as other state and local genealogical societies. She teaches a monthly class entitled "Using Ancestry.com in Genealogy Research" to patrons at the Lakewood Public Library in Lakewood, OH. Through her own genealogical society (AAGS), she coordinates the "Genealogy Clinic" for the Cleveland Public Library and coordinates and lectures in the Spring "Genealogy Series" for the Shaker Heights Public Library in Cleveland.


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