Monthly Archives: May 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #164 May25, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

Hello once again from western Arkansas. I am still here in Arkansas and back in Ft. Smith, where tomorrow I will be able to witness the dedication of the statue to Bass Reeves, the US Deputy Marshall who served on the western frontier.

I am currently on one of those trips where all of my genealogical interests are being satisfied. From western frontier history, to Civil War and to personal family history–this trip has been amazing indeed!

Last week was the PAAC Conference. From elders to children I met some amazing people. I also blogged about the events from last week’s conference. I was excited to meet folks from the Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC group. This is a small company devoted to the restoration of endangered graves, and gravesites, and they are involved in all kinds of work. They use GIS, GPS and GPR–all technological methods of finding and locating forgotten burials.

Tuesday afternoon, I had the chance to visit the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.  I had an amazing tour of the facility and also got a chance to truly explore the holdings that are there. Anyone with slight interest in Arkansas History needs to visit this facility.

I stood yesterday at the site along the Saline River, where one of my ancestors was wounded at Jenkins Ferry. I stood there, looking at the site where he was gravely wounded and I simply listened to the trees and a few birds, while I was able to reflect and appreciate that John Talkington (aka John Tuckington) gave everything for freedom.

My interest in community history was served by visiting several cemeteries in the state. In Ft. Smith I toured Newlon Springs and in central Arkansas, Black History President Carla Coleman and I visited Oakland Fraternal Cemetery in Little Rock, Philadelphia Cemetery in Prattsville Arkansas, Woodlawn Cemetery in Benton Arkansas. We toured the Grant County Cemetery in Sheridan Arkansas and so much more.

If you have an interest in Tennessee, by the way I hope that you will tune in to Bernice Bennett’s radio show. Research at the National Archives and Beyond airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST. Last night’s guest was Tina Sansone, who spoke at length about Tennessee resources.

As I mentioned, this trip is a amazing one for me. I have met some amazing children who are preservationists, and I have met also some elders. One thing I have learned is that when my physical trip is over, I have the next task at hand to tell about that story—to blog about it, write a story about it or to simply share it with others either on my blogs, podcast, or journals. The next generation should be recipient of what I am given today. So, I am busy and though I return to Maryland on Sunday, my task at hand will still be to tell the story. As one who sometimes feels called to do this, it is essential that the call is answered by paying it forward, so therefore my blogs, pod casts, and interaction in social media will become the tools to tell those stories. What an awesome task.

Thanks for listening to another podcast. Have a great week of researching, and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #163 May 18, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

PAAC Conference Ft. Smith Arkansas Ft Smith Arkansas

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May 26, Ft Smith
Dedicadtion of the First Statue honoring an African American US Deputy Marshal. I shall be posting on my blog about the dedication next week.

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June 2, 2012
AAGG Conference in Philadelphia
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Researching African American Genealogy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
3913 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Conference presented by the African American Genealogy Group and Hosted by the Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Noted genealogists and specialists will present timely topics including 1940 census, DNA testing, storytelling, Native American ancestors, preserving family heirlooms, tracing slave owners, historic timelines and online resources.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Location: Washington DC Family History Center
10000 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, MD 20895


Learn how you can take an active role in preserving the history of the communities where your ancestors lived. The class is taught by Marion Woodfork Simmons, a family and community historian who self-published the book Memories of Union High: An Oasis in Caroline County,Virginia 1903-1969. She will use her experience to provide tools, tips and resources to empower ordinary people to research, document and preserve local history.

What You Will Learn:

1. How to select a topic.
2. Resources and repositories to use when performing research.
3. How to analyze and verify information.
4. Various methods for documenting local history.
5. Where to donate historically significant items.
The class is FREE but you must register.
For further information and registration, please email or call 301-587-0042.

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Jun 10-15th Birmingham, Alabama
Samford Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research
This year the African American Track meets.

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National Conference celebrating the Rosenwald Schools will take place in June 14-16
Washington (May 1, 2012) — The first-ever National Rosenwald Schools Conference, entitled “100 Years of Pride, Progress and Preservation,” will take place from June 14-16 at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with partners in Ala., the conference
will celebrate the legacy of Rosenwald Schools, engage our partners to save 100 Rosenwald Schools and empower activists to preserve hundreds more. Acclaimed author Nikki Giovanni will provide the conference closing keynote.

“For the past 10 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Rosenwald Schools Initiative has been helping local organizations save Rosenwald Schools and preserve their rich legacies,” said John Hildreth, vice president, Eastern Field Services for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “This conference provides an opportunity for Rosenwald School alumni and preservationists to share their rich and varied stories, network with each other, and learn more through educational workshops, documentary films, tours and poster presentations to preserve this important part of our nation’s story.

Rosenwald provided more than $4.3 million in seed money to build schools in 15 states for black children. African-Americans themselves, many who were already struggling financially, raised over $4.7 million to build more than 5,300 state-of-the-art school buildings and teachers’ homes across the South. To register, or for more information about the National Rosenwald Schools Conference, please visit or call (202)588-6407.

Well as I close I urge you all to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!