Monthly Archives: January 2013

African Roots Podcast Episode #199 January 25, 2013

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An interesting project was shared with me. Fordham University is launching a database of slave burial grounds. This is the kind of project that is one that surely attracts those of us in the genealogy community. The idea for the database came when Fordham student Sandra Arnold discovered the plantation cemetery where here ancestors had been buried in her home state of Tennessee. She has gotten support from the faculty and the project has expanded.

How often do you use your local archives? Or the National Archives? We all know that the Archives are wonderful repositories. But don’t forget that it is also a great learning center! Some excellent workshops of interest to all who research African American Genealogy and history are offered at various NARA facilities.

Boston MA: The 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Thursday March 21, 6:00 pm
Ft. Worth TX: Introduction to African American Genealogy Research February 1
Kansas City MO Feb, 8-US Colored Troops During the Civil War, Feb 21, African American Census Research, June 15, African American Research During and Post Civil War.

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society is hosting a special Winter Weekend Getaway for African American Research. It will occur January 31st – February 2.

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Want to make a contribution to the genealogical community? Support the FGS supported effort to Preserve the Pensions. These are the pensions from the War of 1812. Note that there was significant involvement of men of color in the War of 1812, and FGS in collaboration with the National Archives, is working to digitize millions of pages from Pension from the soldiers who served in the War of 1812. There is a fascinating history and the story of involvement of black men, should be studied and documented! Let’s join this incredible effort to preserve the pensions!

Well, I hope as winter is progressing that you remember to take advantage of the many events unfolding everywhere—including the annual conference of the St. Louis African American Genealogy Society. Also remember to put MAAGI on your schedule. Applications are now coming in!

Don’t forget the AAHGS Deadline–you still have time to submit your proposals to speak in Nashville.

Folks in the Mid-Atlantic can show some support to the new group forming on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the DELMARVA AAHGS

And remember to also tune into Bernice Bennett’s show every Thursday. Last night’s guest was Anita Paul, sometimes known as The Author’s Midwife. What a wonderful resource that Ms. Paul is for new writers, offering advice and suggestions for beginning writers struggling to get their book published. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio and if you are a budding writer, then tune in to this show!

Well folks this is the 199th episode of the African Roots Podcast! I have to thank all of you who have shown me support during these past 4 years! I appreciate you and I am humbled by your support. Thank you all for being there.

In the meantime, please keep doing what you do as you inspire me, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #198 January 18th 2013

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Project 1619 Celebrates Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary on January 26–Events to be held at Hampton History Museum and Emancipation Oak–
Hampton, VA-On January 26, Project 1619 Inc., the Contraband Historical Society, and The Sankofa Projects will sponsor an Emancipation Proclamation Day of Remembrance with two very special events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Beginning at Noon, the Hampton History Museum (120 Old Hampton Lane Hampton VA 23669) will host a panel discussion on the cause and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. Panelists include Dr. William Wiggins, Professor and Historian of African Culture and Politics; Professor Robert Watson, Hampton University History Department; and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, History Professor at Norfolk State University. For more information contact: Contact: Ryan LaFata, 757/728-5328 or Calvin Pearson, 757/380-1319
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Don’t forget the Beyond the Census Workshop on January 29th at the Family History Library in Oakland California, sponsored by the Afr. American Genealogy society of N Calif. Resources for Afr. American Research.
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February 2nd
The Baltimore AAHGS Chapter Presents its 5th GENEALOGY EXPO on Saturday, February 2, 2013
12 NOON to 4 PM, NORTHWOOD Branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 4420 LOCH RAVEN BLVD
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February 9th 2013

Please Join Lowcountry Africana and distinguished guests Ramona La Roche, Fallon Green, Paul Garbarini at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Feb 9 for “Breaking Through the 1870 Brick Wall ~ Researching Reconstruction-Era African American Ancestors.” Please save the date, bring your research questions and meet us there!
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The 4th Annual Conference of the St. Louis African American Genealogy society will take place on February 16th 2013 at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. The keynote speaker is Janis Minor Forte, author, lecturer and researcher. Damani Davis of the National Archives is also speaking, as is Shelley Murphy (familytreegirl) from Central Virginia. Lisa Lee of Northern California is also speaking. Ms Lee is owner of I also have the honor of giving two presentations on Researching Native American ancestors.
This is the 4th annual conference of the St. Louis Afr. American genealogy society. The conference will last all day and will be directed to researchers of all levels—beginning to advanced.
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The Cordova chapter of AARP & Memphis AAHGS are hosting a genealogy workshop – “Reclaim Your Ancestors” on Saturday, February 23, 2012. It will be held at Advent Presbyterian Church, 1879 North Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN 38016.
Registration: 8:00am – 9:00am
Workshops: 9:15am – 12:30pm
Lunch (provided): 12:30 pm
The workshop is FREE and open to the public. Contact aarpcordova to register.
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February 20th DEADLINE
REMINDER FOR CALL FOR PAPERS: AAHGS conference in Nashville TennesseeKey Dates:
December 31, 2012 Call for Papers Issued
February 20, 2013 Call for Papers Deadline for Submission
March 1, 2013 Selection and Notification of Selected Speakers
May 1, 2013 Syllabus material deadline for submission
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February 23

The next meeting of the Delmarva African American Historical & Genealogical Society will be held: Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 10:00 at the Dorchester County Historical Society in Cambridge, Maryland. For more information, contact Linda Duyer at 443-366-2451.
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If you missed it, be sure to tune into Bernice Bennett’s Show from last night. Henriette Cain, and her work was featured as was the experiences of a number of others who were born in Germany during WWII, and fathered by American GIs. So much was shared and so much was learned. This show had me thinking about the community in general. Many of our histories go beyond the Lower 48 contguous states. The community certainly includes the Afro-Germans, and I began to think about the Afro French, and other Afro-European communities that are probably out there. They are all part of the family and we need to include them as we plan our conferences and events.

Well thanks for tuning in and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and always keep sharing what you find!