Monthly Archives: February 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #151 February 24, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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This weekend in Pittsburgh A GENEALOGY WEEKEND at the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, join noted genealogist Dr. Deborah Abbott for a workshop presentation on some of the finer points of African American genealogical research. She will discuss her family history from Ohio, to Illinois to Kentucky sharing the various techniques and resources that help to aid anyone who is tracing their ancestors. More information is HERE.

Sunday February 26, Ellicott City MD 3pm
Dwight Parker will tell how he researched his ancestors back to a slave village on Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City
(above the Family History Center) Call 410-796-3022 for more information

Tuesday February 28 On the Road to Freedom. Pre Freedman’s Bureau Records. 1862-1864
National Archives G24 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC Additional information on the Archives website. Rebecca Sharp is the presenter about these Civil War era records during the Civil War.

March 3, 2012 Author Dr. Carla Peterson, author of Black Gotham will discuss her new book at the monthly meeting of BAAHGS at Cold Spring and LochRaven Blvd 10:30 am.

March 15 African American History Symposium, at Goucher College. (More will be posted later)

APRIL 18-19 GENEALOGY FAIR National Archives, Washington DC. This 2 day event is a highlight of spring genealogy activities in the nation’s capital.

MAY 5, 2012
Join DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) as she delivers the keynote address at an all day event at the Family History Center in Kensington Maryland. The event lasts all day and is open to the public. More information is found HERE.

May 18-th the PAAC Conference of Arkansas will hold its annual meeting in Ft. Smith Arkansas. PAAC is the Preservation of African American Cemeteries organization that works for the preservation and the restoration of abandoned cemeteries. Their conference will take place at the Creekmore Recreation Center in Ft. Smith.

May 26th Dedication of the Bass Reeves Statue on Memorial Day Weekend in Ft. Smith. This is the first equestrian statue in the state of Arkansas.

I am so moved by my experiences of last weekend, from the cemetery tours to the all day conference of the African American History and Genealogical Society of St. Louis. My memories of the conference can be found on my personal blog.

Thanks for listening once again. Keep those letters coming and join me next week. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode # 150 February 17, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Today February 17 – Philadelphia PA

TODAY: Event in Philadelphipa PA
Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Branch Introduction to Genealogy Workshop Focusing on the Free Library’s Genealogical Resources. This workshop is for people who are just getting started and who are not familiar with the resources that are offered.

ROSELL, GA At the Archibald Smith Plantation Home, writer and genealogist Melvin Collier is giving a presentation about his research and his work in the book, 150 Years Later. $5.00 fee to attend
Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075 More information is found HERE.

St. Louis Missouri
The 3rd Annual Conference of the St. Louis African American History and Genealogical Society
Harris Stowe University 8:30 – 4:00

Newport News VA 1:00-3:00 pm
At the historic Newsome House, don’t miss the presentation by Drusilla Pair on those fabulous Church Hats.
Sunday Crowns

Philadelphia PA, Justin Ragsdale, Curator of the “Lest We Forget Museum” is giving an Afr. American history presentation at the Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church.

Washington DC
the Washing DC Family History Center will present a seminar on African-American genealogy. The keynote speaker is Margo Williams. The program runs from 10:00-12:30 and will be presented at the Washington Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland. The program is free but advance registration is requested by calling 301-587-0042

In Alexandria Virginia: During Black History Month, attend a free workshop in Alexandria to learn how to use Unknown No Longer: A Virginia Slave Name Database. This free database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street.

By the way if you are on facebook, I want to direct your attention to the various groups on Facebook with a focus on African American genealogy
OUR Black history
African American Forum
DNA African Ancestry.

Also note that Family Tree Magazine is also posting a post every day in the month of February pertaining to fee online resources for African American Genealogy.

Take a look at the Anti-Slavery collection at Haverford College The collection focuses on Quakers and Slavery. Well worth a look.

Ground Breaking Ceremony to be webcast:
On Wednesday February 22, the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History will take place there will be access via online webcast.

Great article on a new blog by Andrea Kelleher. The blog is called HOW DID I GET HERE? MY AMAZING GENEALOGY JOURNEY Take a look and enjoy the article that she wrote about how a “new” and unknown cousin found her. What a testament to the value of blogging and sharing family history.

Well thank you once again for listening and keep your emails coming. In the meantime have a great weak and keep researching, keep documenting and always keep sharing what you find.