Monthly Archives: January 2011

African Roots Podcast #95 January 28, 2011

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Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Well hello on a snowy day on the eastern seabord!

January 28 Genealogy Meet up with Lisa Lee in Oakland California. Several are scheduled and for more information contact (510) 333-6933.

February 5, 2011 I will be giving a presentation at Rockland County Comm College as part of their symposium celebrating the IndiVISIBLE exhibition. A full day of activities are planned and the genealogy presentation will be begin at 4 pm.

February 11, 2011
I will be presenting at the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group meeting at 7 pm. Topic: Blended families—Afr. Native American family history.

February 12, 2011 From Cincinnati Ohio: at 3:00 p.m
Camp Nelson: Black Soldiers and Refugee Slaves in the Civil War. Author and genealogist Larry Hamilton explores the famous Camp Nelson.

February 19, 2011 in St. Louis Missouri, the 2nd Annual conference sponsored by the St. Louis African American genealogy society will take place, at Harris Stowe, State University in St. Louis Missouri.

February 24 For African American History Month, The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is sponsoring an online webinar on February 24, 8-9 pm. The topic is Finding the Slave Owner.

The speakers will be Dr. Deborah Abbot, Floyd Riley and Michael Hait. The webinar will be moderated by Shamele Jordon. The cost for this event is $15 and it will take place from 7:00-8:30 online. Participants will receive a link and a phone number to call in and a site to watch the power points.

Ok in case you have noticed—there is lots of chatter about conferences Here is the latest:
AAHGS National Conference: September 22-25 (Nothing posted online as yet) Little Rock Arkansas, Doubletree Hotel

Then the following month:
National Black Genealogy Summit, Ft. Wayne, Indiana October 20-22, 2011, Allen County Library

International Black Genealogy Summit: October 18-20, 2012 Salt Lake City Utah.
So two are this year and one is next year, so mark your calendars.

This year, ASALH has determined that the theme for this year’s Black History Month is, African Americans in the Civil War.

It is time that we, in the genealogy community also commemorate the participation of our ancestors in the Civil War, as well. Do you have ancestors who served in the Union Army or Navy?Do you have a regiment of soldiers who were organized near your ancestral home?Is there a national cemetery where you live or near your home and are there Civil War soldiers there? If you answer yes to any of them—-well perhaps it is time to honor them in some way!! Take the time to document them or promote them on a blog, or decorate their graves.

I want to point out that there are already some blogs that have been created and I hope that we will see more of them!

About Our Freedom was created by Robin Foster

Last Road to Freedom was created by Dr. Alisea McLeod

Let Freedom Ring was created by Drusilla Pair

The USCT Chronicle was created by Angela Walton-Raji

In case you have noticed that so far these blogs were created by women—I hope that men will also join us in honoring our Civil War ancestors. I KNOW there are some brothers out there diligently researching their ancestors who served in the Union Army. Let’s join the theme of what is taking place nationally, and let us not ignore this critical part of our history.

Well thanks for listening, drop me a line and keep doing what you do—-keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast #94 January 21, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

Join the members of the Central Maryland AAHGS for a presentation on Researching Slavery Era records. The presentation will be made by Aaron Dorsey, of Washington DC.

Some new databases and collections at Ancestry:

Fort Smith, Texas, Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900
This collection contains nearly 50,000 case files for defendants including notorious criminals like Belle Starr, Wyatt Earp and members of the Dalton Gang.

More slave records are acquired on Ancestry. The relationship with Footnote, should enhance this collection in a major way!

The University of West Alabama’s Division of Educational Outreach will offer genealogy workshops this spring through anc Continuing Education program. The series includes an introduction to genealogical methodology and resources, with emphasis placed on the unique aspects of African-American history and genealogy, and offer guidance in obtaining adequate documentation for presentations and publishing. This series will be directed by Frazine Taylor who used to work at the Alabama State Archives. The first session is March 5th. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Keep your eyes on the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis Indiana.

The EITELJORG Musuem is offering workshops of interest tO African American researchers Quintard Taylor speaks about blacks in the West, for the annual Leon Jett Memorial Lecture at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, featuring Dr. Quintard Taylor. Dr. Taylor will discuss “African Americans in the Shaping of the American West, 1528-1970.” Dr. Taylor’s visit is sponsored by the IUPUI’s Dept. of History; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Africana Studies Program; and the Indiana African American Genealogy Group. The Leon Jett Memorial Lecture is included with general museum admission. IUPUI students, faculty and staff; members of the museum and the IAAGG receive free admission.

Also note that a special exhibition, Red-Black Related through history will open at the Eiteljorg on February 12, 2011.

In May 2011, the Eiteljorg will feature Angela Walton-Raji, who will give a presentation on researching Blended Families. African-Native American families.

Of interest to people in Ohio:
Many Cleveland, Ohio Burial Records Now Available Online
The East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society has created an online burial index of all Cleveland-owned cemeteries. Approximately 70 volunteers from all over the country worked from home putting the index together after 359,000 records were imaged and placed onto CDs. About 40% of the digitized records are from the Highland Park cemetery. The others are records primarily from the west side of Cleveland.

The online records typically include not only when and where the deceased died, but also how the person died, how old they were when they died, where they lived, who the undertaker was, and the date they were buried.

You must visit the Proffit Historic District website! There is a wonderful collection on their website featuring the Letters of Kate Cole. Over two boxes filled with letters and other materials written by Kate Coles from as early as 1894 up to her death around 1943 are owned by the University of Virginia and housed in Alderman Library’s Special Collections Department. The letters of the woman born a slave in Abermarle County Virginia are fascinating as they provide a glimpse into her early life and the collection is quite amazing. I like it that the original letters are shown right beside a transcription of the letters. There are so many lessons to learn from this process. Read and enjoy!

Those of you in Atlanta take note—the papers of Andrew J. Young have been preserved and the collection is having a formal opening on Marc 6th at the Auburn Avenue Library.

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