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PBS’s recent Africans in America series isn’t quite Alex Haley’s Roots. Nonetheless, its look at the past has inspired more than a few folks to go searching for their ancestry. The timing couldn’t be better. As we move into the new millennium, the 20th Annual Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society addresses the theme “Unveiling the Past to Connect the Future: Census 2000.” Genealogy specialists, authors, and scholars will speak on subjects ranging from basic techniques for locating ancestors to connections between black Americans and Africans to researching relatives in the Caribbean. From 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. today and tomorrow at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $90-275. (202) 234-5350. (Holly Bass)