Meet Kenyatta D. Berry

Kenyatta D. Berry-fade_x.png Kenyatta D. Berry is genealogist and lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, her ancestors have lived in Detroit since the 1920’s.

A frequent lecturer and writer, she focuses on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA. Berry has been featured in Real Simple, Jet, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Sacramento Bee, Wave Newspaper and other publications. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including MakeItPlain #WomensWednesday on SiriusXM Radio. 

On March 11, 2016, Kenyatta received a California Legislature Assemblyman Resolution from the Honorable Jim Cooper on the floor of the State Capitol where he declared March 11th, Kenyatta D. Berry day. The Resolution recognized her work in the genealogy industry and on Genealogy Roadshow. She also received a Resolution from the City of Sacramento on March 12, 2016, recognizing her work in Slave Ancestral Research and on Genealogy Roadshow.

Kenyatta has appeared on numerous morning news shows in various markets and recently appeared on The Real where she revealed the DNA results of the Hosts. She is on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. An avid sports fan, Kenyatta loves to watch the Lions, Tigers and Red Wings from her home in Santa Monica.

Genealogy tips from Kenyatta

Africans Americans During the Civil War

Africans Americans During the Civil War

Find out why African Americans fought for the Confederacy.

Was Your Ancestor on the Wrong Side of the Law?

Was Your Ancestor on the Wrong Side of the Law?

Find out how to trace the outlaw in your tree.

West Indies to Ellis Island

West Indies to Ellis Island

What were the reasons for immigrants being detained?

Slave Ancestral Research

Slave Ancestral Research

If your ancestors weren't listed in the 1860 U.S. Census, then they were likely enslaved.

Researching Free People of Color

Researching Free People of Color

How do you know if your ancestor was a free person of color?

Using Court Records

Using Court Records

Probate and court records document the lives of our ancestors.

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