Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RARE BOOK CAFE: Genealogist and book fair exhibitor
Gigi Best reveals secrets of researching your family history

WATCH LIVE: Genealogist Gigi Best joins us live at 8 p.m. on Thursday on Rare Book Cafe on Gigi and her husband Skip Richardson own Best Books and Rich Treasures in Tampa and are exhibitors every year at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.

Gigi and Skip getting ready for the book fair coming up in March and she’ll be talking about some of the unusual items she’ll he bringing. She’ll also talk about her efforts to spread enthusiasm for genealogy and the research for one’s ancestors, and some of her secrets for doing family reseearch. She is the author of Thomas the Melodeon: Free People of Color Civil War Soldier. It is the first book in her Untangled Roots Series.

Gigi writes about the Melungeon, African and Native Americans, and other Free People of Color who lived in the Americas from the early 1600s until the 1850s and their descendants on her blog, Carrie’s Kin. She developed her interest in African, Native American, and British American history when she studied literature and history at Morgan State University.

She and Skip opened Best Books and Rich Treasures in Virginia Beach in 1997. They are located in Tampa’s Ballast Point area, a stone’s throw from MacDill Air Force Base. Both Gigi and Skip are retired from the military.

You can watch Rare Book Cafe right here on the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair blog or you can log into  using you Twitter account. Search for Rare Book Cafe and join the conversation. The program is hosted by Steven Eisenstein, owner of A-Book-A-Brac Book Shop in Miami Beach and cohosted by Thorne Donnelley, owner of Liberty Books in West Palm Beach. Rare Book Cafe is the first and only rare book TV talk show on

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