Deborh Abbott

Abbott, Deborah A


Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical methodology, manuscript collections, and African American family research. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), a member of the Cuyahoga County Ohio Archives Advisory Commission, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS). She is an affiliate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates, past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and MEd degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio.

Dr. Abbott is coordinator of the African American Track and an instructor in Researching in the South and Intermediate Genealogy at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, and the African American Genealogy Colloquium at Alabama State University. She presents lectures and workshops for national, state, and local genealogy conferences across the country, in addition to colleges, businesses, and libraries. She has articles published in the Ohio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines. Dr. Abbott was also featured in “Needles & Threads” on Ancestry Academy, an educational video course for

2021 Course

  • Course Two — Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies