Monthly Archives: May 2011

African Roots Podcast #112 May 27, 2011

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Upcoming Events

Central Maryland AAHGS May meeting: A Census Double Hitter! Two presentations will take place at the Owen Brown Community Center tomorrow May 28, at 1:00 PM. Natonne Kemp is so knowledgeable about census records. This is a great opportunity to learn ways to bridge that 20 year gapping hole (1880-1900) when census records are unavailable and also see a demonstration of simple techniques for finding elusive ancestors in census records, by Alice Harris.

If you have a chance, also consider visiting the African American Civil War Museum. Their grand opening is in July, but on the weekends there are also tours of the facility now located in the historic Grimke School.

For South Carolina researchers there is an interesting website brought to my attention called Gullah Roots. This is a project spearheaded by Wevonneda Minis to assist people with South Carolina African American research. The email is You can contact them to ask questions that can help you find your family.

PROFILES IN Arkansas Black History, Saturday, June 11, 2011, Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171, Little Rock, Arkansas A seminar sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission. One workshop of interest is Why African Americans Commemorate the Civil War. Among the presenters are: Kimble Rawls Talley, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Carla Hines Coleman, Chairperson, Little Rock, Black History Commission of Arkansas, H. L. McGill, Little Rock
Mary Swift, of Little Rock. The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, email Jane Wilkerson, Arkansas History Commission,, or call 501.682.6900. Registration deadline is June 8, 2011.

Some shout outs to some folks who are becoming excellent teachers: Professor Drusilla Pair is treading new ground in teaching genealogy and the concept of history to young people, through church history. And genealogist Melvin Collier had a most successful experience in introducing genealogy to colleagues, who had an emotional moment when discovering family elders in the census. Both populations have gained so much from these teachers, which should inspire more of us to share and teach to others, as well.

This weekend, I hope that you will continue the tradition of Decoration Day. Visit a cemetery, and can honor a veteran and if you can honor the ancestors as well. It is because of them that we are here.

Have a great Memorial Day holiday, a great week and keep doing what you do—keep researching, keep documenting, and please, keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #111 May 20, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


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Genealogy Day at the Eitleljorg Museum in Indianpolis Indiana. I hope to see many of you there, as I will be one of the presenters. For more information, the Eiteljorg site has full details for you.

The Contraband Society in Hampton Virginia is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Freedom. Saturday May 21st at Ft. Monroe the society will host a number of activities.
For more information visit this site.

Visit Lesley Gist at her blog talk site The Gist of Freedom Blog Radio every Sunday at 6pm for a live topical panel discussion, and any time to post a comment, listen to recent shows, and to see what other people are saying about issues of African-American heritage and cultural preservation.

The book The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith tells the story of William Still and Peter Gist. Their story is now a part of the National Park Service’sNational Underground Railroad Network to Freedom! Gist of Freedom Blog Radio 2x weekly! Thursdays at 8pm & Sundays at 6pm Call in to the show at 347-324-5552

Learn About American History From The House That Lived It
Experience 18th and 19th century history through the events and lives of people associated with Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA. Our house museum is dedicated to colonial history and the 19th century network of people and places known as the “underground railroad.” Built in the early eighteenth century, the Mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States. The Belmont Mansion property became part of Fairmount Park in 1869, and is now open to the public for tours. For more information go to

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4 The Choptank Region History Network is announcing its second annual Harriet Tubman UGRR Conference June 3rd and 4th. Friday & Saturday, June 3rd & 4th. Chesapeake College in Cambridge, Maryland. For more information, please contact Ellen V. Mousin at 410-228-1064.

On June 11, 2011, at the Alexandria Black History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia at 11:00am, Char McCargo Bah, will be giving a lecture on “Their Voices Can Be Heard – Series VIII – Paths to Freedom. This lecture will be covering migration of thousands of African Americans during the Civil War who came to Alexandria, VA. She will discuss the freed and the enslaved people. This lecture will provide information on these families migration routes or state whether they were in Alexandria prior to the start of the civil war.

Well thanks for listening this week. Please continue your own work and as always, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!