Monthly Archives: March 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #156 March 30, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.
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APRIL Events:
Well-Are you ready? In three more days—-the long awaited day will be here!!! The 1940 census will unfold! How exciting! Here are some links that I hope will assist you.

The Census will be found at ARCHIVES.COM

Tips for exploring the 1940 census:
Basic Information
Questions on the 1940 census
Basic Tips and Suggestions

April Genealogy Events
Genealogy Fair at the National Archives
This is a wonderful event to take place April 18th & 19th at the National Archives main facility at 7th and Pennnsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington DC.

APRIL 12-14, Ohio Genealogy Society Annual Conference, The Ohio Genealogy Society conference, one of the few state genealogy conferences in the nation, is less than a month away and will be held in Cleveland. The lineup this year is quite impressive and it is all contained in their registration booklet. Among the African American speakers are:

Rev. Nettie Ferguson,
Shamele Jordon
Tony Burroughs
Dr. Deborah Abbott
Tim Pinnick
Other workshops of interest will be some on technology—exploring effectives uses of Evernote, Self publishing, Researching female ancestors and so much more!
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IBGS (International Black Genealogy Summit) Schedule is now online

Schedule speakers are:
Char McCargo Bah
Bernice Alexander Bennett
Kathleen Brandt
Karen Burney
Anna Guy Burroughs
Damani Davis
Aaron Dorsey
Janis Forte
LaDonna Garner
Tonya Hull
James Ison
Natonne Kemp
Lisa Lee
Wevonneda Minnis
Tim Pinnick
Victoria Robinson
Eric Smith
Nicka Smith
Angela Walton-Raji

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Well thanks for listening, and let me hear from you.  Good luck with the census next week, and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #155 March 23, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

Well in the greater Washington DC are, this is a big genealogy weekend!!!!
The Fairfax County Genealogy society is holding its annual conference this weekend. This is the largest genealogy conference in the Washington DC area, and this year is no exception. Two days of workshops with a number of subjects being presented by some very well known genealogists.

Location:Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 Friday sessions start in the afternoon and go into the evening. Saturday the sessions begin at 9am. Char McCargo Bah is presenting three workshops on African American genealogy.

DearMYRTLE will be at this event,

Char McCargo Bah, will be presenting “A Fresh Look at African American Genealogy”. She also has two other sessions, one on Finding slaves through vital records, and another session on using church records. This is truly a very good event to attend and you have the chance, by all means do try to make it to their annual conference. Great schedule—including some mini-lectures as well.

• African American Research (Char Bah)
• Seeking Virginia Ancestors ( Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS)
• Effective Organizational Methods (DearMYRTLE)
• Anytime’s a Good Time to Get Started (Phyllis M. Jule Legare)
• Introduction to European Research (Claire Bettag, CG, CGL and Richard Camaur, CG)
• Advanced Critical Thinking Techniques (Tom Jones)
• Re-examining What You Already Have … (Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, CG)
• National Treasure in the Nation’s Capital [NARA, DAR & Library of Congress Record Group Analysis, two-days] (Pam Sayre, CG Rick Sayre, CG)
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Baltimore Chapter, presents an African American Genealogy Expo 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Baltimore African American Genealogy Society is holding a Genealogy Expo at the Enoch Pratt Library on Saturday. A number of topics will be covered from:
-A Beginning Genealogy Workshop
-Research Trips
-Genealogical Blogs
-Personal Histories
-Genealogy Displays
-DVD Presentations
-Questions & Answer Sessions & More

Hope to see you all there.

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CENTRAL MD AAHGS is hosting part 3 of their Census Extravaganza!This final session focusing on the Federal Census is being held with one purpose—to prepare members for the 1940 census. This began in February and is culminating with this final session, to prepare members on methods of identifying enumeration districts and more, in preparation for April 2.

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Speaking of the 1940 census—are you ready for it?
There are a number of webinars and online sessions to prepare you for the census. I am just as excited as everyone else is. However, with all of the talk about Enumeration Districts—have you learned what that really means?

Have you thoroughly explored the enumeration districts of other census years? 1930? 1920? 1910 and so on?

If not—this exercise to learn what they are, should encourage you to go back and study the same enumeration districts where your ancestors were found in those earlier census years. This will help you to put “the meat on the bone” regarding your family history. The stories will come forth that way as you place your family on the proper landscape in time and geographically. How did they live and near whom were they living? The online research feature has taken most of us away from microfilm. But there is still value in microfilm, especially for beginners. By visiting those sites that still have microfilm, one can find out, through the soundex–the sound indexing system–how the records were actually arranged. If you are part of the generation that began your genealogy experience online— then a trip to the Archives might actually reveal quite a good amount of data for you.

As you prepare for April 2—which we all are doing—-don’t forget to also re-visit the family in 1930 and see if there are any gems that you may have missed.

Well, thanks for listening this week. A busy weekend is ahead, but do continue to stay focused and continue your work.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!