Monthly Archives: October 2009

African Roots Podcast #31 October 30,2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone, and welcome back
Today is Friday October 39, 2009 and
This is the African Roots Podcast.
You can always reach me at African Roots

Hello to everyone from Ft. Wayne Indiana at the International Black Genealogy Summit! This is an historic event and so far the turnout has been great, and the workshops have really been enlightening.

Yesterday’s event consisted of a Pre-Conference day—full of workshops and some interesting insights on things yet to come. The conference is hosted at the Allen County Library, and this is an impressive place with many resources for African American genealogists. New items for local researchers at Allen County, consist of Early Negro and Mulatto Registers. This collection has been digitized and is less than 1 month being online.

The African American Gateway rests on the Allen County Library site, and is a link to wonderful resources at the Allen County Library. This special link just went live this week and rests on the Allen County website. A unique collection that they have also developed is a collection of Military records reflecting Black soldiers in Massachusetts Regiments.

A special welcome was made to the more than 400 participants, and announcements of upcoming projects on were also shared, including the 25,000 volunteers working on the Community Indexing Initiave.

The conference will end tomorrow afternoon and will end with a special event at the African American Museum of Ft. Wayne.

This historic event has so far been a success! This makes me want to continue to work on my various projects, and of course to look forward to meeting more of you at future events.

In the meantime, please continue to do what you do–keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #30 October 23, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone, and welcome back
Today is Friday October 23, 2009 and
This is the African Roots Podcast.
You can always reach me at African Roots

There is still time to register, for the Black Genealogy Summit in Ft. Wayne Indiana. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and also looking forward to learning from the wonderful speakers on the program.

Some general announcements:
Tomorrow October 24th in St. Louis Missouri. Fr. Moses Berry will be speaking at the St Louis African American genealogy society meeting. Fr. Berry is the founder of the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum. The meeting will take place at the Missouri History Musuem.

Also on Saturday October 24th in Merrilville Indiana, the NW Indiana Genealogical society is hosting a Beginner’s Genealogy workshop. This takes place at the Lake County Public Library in Merrilville. The event is from 9:30 – 1 and pre-registration is required. Contact: 219-769-3541, ext. 334

For those in Pennsylvania, not able to make the conference in Indiana, not that the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a series of genealogy workshops, for beginners and advanced family historians. The beginner’s workshop will be held twice—first on October 28 at 6 pm, and then again on October 30 at 12:00 noon. To register call 215-732-6200 ext. 214 for more information. Additional lectures include Tracing your civil war and Conserving your family records Call Laura at 215-732-6200 ext. 214

November 6,
Forrest County Miss, The Forrest County Extension office invites local genealogy enthusiasts to participate in a Genealogy Fair to be held on Nov. 6 at the Forrest County Extension office. The schedule is as follows:
• Noon -1:15 p.m.: Beginning Genealogy Research
• 1:30-2:45 p.m.: Using Courthouse Records
• 3-4:15 p.m.: Using Military Records
• 4:30-5 p.m.: Preserving Memorabilia
Sessions will start at noon and go until 5 p.m. Bring a sack lunch.
For more information, call 545-6083 to sign up.

November 21, 2009
An interesting presentation will be sponsored in November by the St. Louis African American genealogy society when they will host Katrina Browne who discovered her own ancestry of slave owners from Rhode Island. Ms. Browne is a film maker and produced and directed a film about the largest slave trading family in US History. The film will be shown at this meeting.

Take a look at the Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 Edition. This was advertised as a Travel Guide. The mission was clear—“to give the Negro Traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments, and to make his trips more enjoyable. The publication began in 1936, but primarily a local publication used for Metropolitan New York. It eventually expanded to cover the entire country. This is an interesting and useful directory to learn more about the country during the era of segregation.

You have heard me make references in the past to a number of websites—one of them being AfriQuest. However, it is a good idea to take note of what a site like AfriQuest truly offers and it should encourage us as researchers to tell the story that pertains to our own regional history.

Thanks for listening.
Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.