Monthly Archives: April 2009

African Roots Podcast #4 April 24, 2009

Welcome to the African Roots Podcast
Today is April 24, 2009

The New England Regional Conference is underway in Manchester New Hampshire. Information on the speakers and events can be found“>here.

Researchers from the state of Georgia will enjoy looking at the documents found in the Virtual Vault. Among the great records to be found are photos of African American midwives. In addition are some early records from the 1800s and late 1700s. Information is located at:

Missouri State Archives offers a good number of presentations on video. The story of living historian Paxton J. Williams who depicts George W. Carver, can be found at:

The state of Delaware has placed some wonderful photos of the old “colored” schools on its website. Most of the images are from Kent County Delaware. They can be viewed at:
An unusual document from Delaware is Joseph Barker’s Negro Ledger. This reflects business transactions of Joseph Barker, a local merchant on Barker’s Landing, with black customers. The historic ledger was made between 1808-1811. It can be found at:
The Slavery Papers of Delaware will fascinate any historian interested in Delaware African American history. Manumissions, slave births and Petitions for Freedom are included in this collection, found at:

Next week, Olive Harvey College in Chicago is hosting the African American Genealogy Forum. Information is located at:

May 5th and May 16th the National Archives will host a series of lectures for genealogists. The Archives documents located on will be discussed on May 5th and on May 16th a presentation on getting past brick walls will be conducted. Both sessions will occur at the Washington DC location in room G24. Information is on the Archives website:

Information on genealogy fair in Ft. Lauderdale at the Sherman Library is located at:

Information on some of the works of historian and genealogist Dr. Agnes Kane Callum are locate at: Books can be ordered from her directly at

Thank you for listening to this week’s podcast.

Please join me next time and remember:
Keep researching
Keep documenting
And keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #3 April 17, 2009

Welcome to the African Roots Podcast!

The Oregon Pacific NW History Conference is now underway. Two speakers that will be of interest to the African American community are presented on both Friday and Saturday. For information on this exciting event see the following.

Friends in the Washington DC area are encouraged to visit the National Archives to participate in the 2 day Genealogy Fair. For more information, visit:

Join the African American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago at a special Genealogy Forum on May 1st. More information is located at:

Friends in Ft. Lauderdale Florida can meet Dr. Rick Kittles and others on May 2 at the Alvin Sherman Library. More information can be obtained from:

There is still time to join the fun at the New Englad event in Manchester New Hampshire. Lots of African American workshops. For more information contact:

The Internet Archive is a wonderful website with many rare books, photographs and even film, pertaining to life in America. Their holding from the African American collection is impressive. For access to these original documents visit:

Paul Heinegg, specialist in Free Persons of Color has published the 5th edition of his landmark book. For more information visit:

Sana Butler has just had a book published called Sugar of the Crop. My Search to Find the Children of Slaves. The book can be obtained at:

It’s time to revisit an old standard—
This is THE site for African American Genealogy. Come and take a look at a portion of AfriGeneas that you have not experienced before.

Please join us next week on the African Roots Podcast.

Keep researching
Keep documenting
Keep sharing what you find.