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  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

  • LaBrenda
  • Garrett-Nelson
  • On the Web


  • About

  • I worked as a tax lawyer for 35 years; however, genealogy has been my avocation during most of that time. After retiring in 2013, I began to focus on my mission to research, write, and lecture to inspire descendants of African American slaves to document their family histories, and to raise the consciousness of all Americans about the contributions of these ancestors. Effective 10 September 2015, I was approved as a Certified Genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

  • Boston University Center for Professional ResearchCompleted the Online Certificate in Genealogical Research Program with a grade of A,January – May 2011.National Institute on Genealogical Research, 2012ProGen Study Group 13,July 2011-January 2013 (tagged as a “ProGen Leader” onthe Alumni web page)10 September 2015, the Board for Certification of Genealogists awarded me use of the designation Certified Genealogist (SM).

    In 2013 I was the first place winner in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence in Writing Competition, in category 5 for “Unpublished Material by Published Authors.” My winning article was entitled “Searching for the Slave Owners of Isaac Garrett: Expanding Research Beyond Online Sources,” and was published in the June 2014 issue of Columns, the quarterly publication of the ISFHWE.

  • Contact Info


  • 4201 Cathedral Avenue NW

  • United States
  • DC
  • 20016

  • (GMT -5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
  • Writing

  • Before ever taking a genealogy course, I authored and privately published three editions of my family history (The Source: The Garrett, Neely, and Sullivan Families), in addition to a 2010 Supplement to the revised (third) edition.

  • I compiled a list of information found on grave markers at Bethel Hall Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens, SC for inclusion in the church’s history book; the list was separately published in the Winter 2014 edition of The Tree Climber, the newsletter of the Laurens District Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society.

  • Memberships: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society; Life Membership, Greenville SC Upstate Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists; National Capital Area Chapter Association for the Study of African American Life and History; Life Member Fairfax Genealogical Society; International Society of Family History Writers and Editors; National Genealogical Society; Life Membership, National Institute on Genealogical Research; Alumni Association New England Historic Genealogical Society; South Carolina Genealogical Society, Laurens District Chapter.

  • Editing

  • I served as the editor and principal writer of two Church histories that document the involvement of African American families that organized them: Historical Book of Bethel Hall Missionary Baptist Church, Laurens, South Carolina, 1910-2010; and Macedonia Baptist Church, Bethesda, Maryland, 1920-2011: A History of the Little Church on the Hill.


  • Publishing


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