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Tony Burroughs, FUGA

Tony Burroughs, FUGA, is an internationally known genealogist who taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years. He researched Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on Oprah Winfrey's genealogy, Smokey Robinson's genealogy, and Reverend Al Sharpton's genealogy. He has consulted for several television programs including: Who Do You Think You Are?; African American Lives; The Real Family of Jesus and The History Detectives. Burroughs also consulted with the Chicago Public Schools, New York Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges and Ancestry.com.

Burroughs appeared as a guest expert on Who do You Think You Are?, African American Lives, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, PBS, BBC and Channel 4 London. He has also been interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, ABC World News Tonight, BET Nightly News, National Public Radio (NPR) and many local broadcasts.

Burroughs’ book, Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (Simon & Schuster) was number one on Essence Magazine's Best Seller List. He also authored chapters in: The Encyclopedia of African American History (Oxford University Press), The Source, revised edition (Ancestry), African American Genealogical Sourcebook (Gale Research) and The Experts Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do (Random House).

Burroughs has received many honors including: the Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society, the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stearn Humanitarian Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Lowell Volkel Medal from the Illinois Genealogical Society. He is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has received The Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship at Newberry Library to study Slave Schedules and the Timuel D. Black Fellowship in African American Studies from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium to research the Underground Railroad in Chicago.

Burroughs has researched his family back eight generations to 18th century ancestors in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.


Ancestors Lives Matter:     If Black Lives Matter then Ancestors' Lives Matter. If it weren’t for our ancestors we wouldn’t be here. One way of honoring our ancestors is to trace their lives and tell their stories for we stand on our ancestors' shoulders. When searching for our ancestors we learn about their lives, we learn about their contributions and we learn about the past. Once you start researching you may find some of your ancestors were activists in struggles during their days.