Monthly Archives: June 2011

African Roots Podcast #116 June 24, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. You can reach me at

July Events:
Saturday July 9
Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – AgnesKane Callum Chapter Northwood Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library,4420 Loch Raven Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21218.

July 10- 16 Washington DC National Institute of Genealogical Research, Washington DC. You may want to consider attending some of the week long institutes such as the one I just attended at Samford University.

Have you considered Study Groups?
Check out St. Louis AAHGS and the Chicago African American Genealogical and Historical Society and note that they have study groups. This is a great way to get help with your research—-by joining with others who have roots in the same state. I know that St. Louis is holding some of their study group meetings in July. Also while on the same website from St. Louis—look at the video about the great migration

July 16-18 take note–in Washington DC: Grand Opening of the African American Civil War Museum—at their new home. The historic Grimke School

Take a look at the conference site for the National Black genealogy Summit.
There is a Pre-conference day being planned in addition to the main event on that weekend. Also new speakers are being added to the program. There will also be a presentation for those interested in researching immigrants to the US from the Islands, and from Canada. So explore the many interesting workshops emerging.

By the way, do you have ties to the West Indies? Well there is a conference for you in St. Croix, and it is genealogical event. It will be in August 2011 a Conference for Family Historians

Feel free to contact Satellite Meeting Coordinator Susan Lugo if you have any questions .
Susan Laura Lugo, C.A.
Territorial Coordinator for Archives
Government of the Virgin Islands
DPNR/Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums
23 Dronningens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
For more info on the event:
Also check out: Digital Library of the Carribean

July 23, 2011
Pedigrees, Nationalities, Origins & the Native Americans of Southern Maryland, Plus DAR, & DNA testing. Charles County Family History Study Group is hosting this event, at the Potomac Branch Library in Indian Head, Maryland.

I hope you can check out some of these events and also to start telling the missing stories—from the Story of Freedom and also if your family migrated—that is the missing story of the 20th century. Let’s tell all of the stories.

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

African Roots Podcast #115 June 17, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


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

I am coming to you this morning from Birmingham, Alabama where I have been attending the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research, at Samford University.

I encourage many of you to consider this kind of genealogical training yourself. I have been taking Course 8, which has focused on Land records and maps. It has been an amazing and I now have so many ideas that I hope to be able to put into motion. This has been one of the more thorough experiences that one could have in terms of becoming sharper in one’s own skills. Today is the last day of classes, and I look forward to coming back again.

This weekend is a special one—it is the Juneteenth weekend! Juneteenth commemorates the events that occurred on the 19th of June when, General Granger sailed into Galveston Harbor and informed those still held in bondage that slavery had ended and they were free. The news brought about celebrations throughout the region. Every year on that date, the community in Galveston and beyond, held events, services, picnics and gatherings to celebrate the event. It has since grown to become a nationwide celebration of freedom.

In the genealogy community there will be a genealogy day presented by the Prince George’s County chapter of AAHGS, which is free and open to the public.

I invite you all to tune in to Geneabloggers Radio this evening for a special program honoring Juneteenth, Emancipation and a discussion about freedom records and reconstruction era records as well.

In the meantime, keep up you ingown projects and ongoing hard work. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.