Monthly Archives: February 2014

African Roots Podcast Episode #256 February 28, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com.

Now that the last day of February is here, I hope you have managed to stay warm. I am looking forward to March arriving and hopefully for hints of spring to start to emerge soon. 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS!

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Marriage Records from Ghana available on Family Search

Marriages from GHANA

 This is a great collection of records that have now been digitized on Family Search and thanks to the work of Dr. Osei-Ageyman Bonsu who is active in the LDS and actively having wonderful records digitized from Ghana West Africa. What is great about this collection is that this goes back into the colonial era when Ghana was still Gold Coast. I was not sure if the local people were included or if this was only going to be records made of the colonial population. But I examined this collection and was delighted to see the Ghanaian people reflected in these records. And I even had a special delight when I found a record that pertained to some close friends of my husband. It was the marriage record of the parents of one of our friends, so that was indeed a surprise to find! So, if you have friends from Ghana–and chance could be that you do, they may want to be aware that records from Ghana are now appearing online at Family Search.

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From the West Indies, Carribbean Newspapers Available.

For those who study 18th and 19th century West Indian history, it is good news to learn about a collection of early Caribbean news papers coming through the efforts of the American Antiquarian society. As stated on their website “Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876—the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.” This is exciting as it will open up new resources for people who have interest in the history of the many people who landed on the islands.  

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NATIONAL NEWS!

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Hope you were able to catch last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show, which was a re-broadcast, of the interview last year with researcher Selma Stewart of Tidewater Virginia! This was a good show with a great discussion about this much under-used record set known as the Freedman’s Bureau. This record set can never receive enough attention, and although it is not a record set for beginners, it will at some point become a critical record set to examine when it is time to tell the story of those days which were hard days, right after freedom.

Also note–there will be a special LIVE broadcast on Bernice’s show, featuring Karen Sutton, B.A., M.A. who will talk about her extensive Funeral program collecction and how she not only collects them, but also how she uses them as well. This special broadcast will take place on Friday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Special Broadcast Airs Monday Evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio

 

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TWO OUTSTANDING ARTICLES BY GENEALOGIST ROBYN SMITH

Artificial Brick Wall 

Brick Wall—the word of the month these days. I urge you to look at a wonderful article shared by Robyn Smith about “Artificial Brick Walls”  in African American research. Robyn has thoroughly outlined some amazing barriers that are sometimes self-imposed that address some of the reasons that we don’t get too far in our research. Take a look at this outstanding article on the link above.

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Slavery Studies – Immerse Yourself

 

Link to Article byRobyn Smith

Do you stop at slavery because it is too painful a period to research? Do you really understand the complexities of this peculiar American institution, and have you made the effort to explore what your ancestors went through in full detail. No it is not a warm fuzzy story. No story of oppression is, but to be better researchers, we should indeed study what happened and learn from the scholars and historians who have written and explored this period. The works of John Hope Franklin, Ira Berlin, Herbert Gutman are a good beginning.

Well, Robyn Smith put together an excellent list of works with which you should be come familiar. Her piece Studying Slavery is an excellent piece that should be read by many.

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Young People Introduced to Genealogy in Texas

Here is an event that is over. I missed it entirely. But I am posting it here, because it looks like it was a great way to introduce genealogy to the younger generation!! This took place in Ft. Worth Texas and it addressed young people and suggested using Social media to find their past!

This comes out of the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society in Ft. Worth Texas. I saw their event after I had taped the podcast and I decided to find out how it went. I heard from Brenda Sanders-Wise who informed me that the event was quite successful! Quite a few photos were taken and the the young people in attendance were totally engaged because it wasn’t all genealogy.  They infused some math problems as it dealt with birth and deaths, etc.trivia questions, and they also awarded the young person who had the correct answers. They were also able to stir their interest by stating that we had an app for that area of research that interested them through the use of of their phone Ipad, social media, etc, gave them a family tree chart to fill in the blank during the workshop. It sounds like a great event, and I shall be interested in learning more about he activities of this society as they have some great ideas, so hats off to them for a wonderful event!

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Well time to wind things down for another week! Stay warm as ice storms are approaching this weekend. Thank you also for taking time to listen. In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

 

African Roots Podcast Episode #255 February 21, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Well I have news this week both from the international arena as well as the national arena.

St. Louis Conference Brochure

 First a shout out to friends in St. Louis! The St. Louis African American Genealogy & History Society is having their fifth annual conference. Their presenters are Drusilla Pair, Linda Bugg-Simms, Konnetta Alexander, and Dr. Edward Bailey. Their conference theme is Digging up Your Roots and it promises to be a great program. The conference occurs at Harris -Stowe State University in mid-town St. Louis. The program is all day from 8:30 – 4:00 pm.

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BRITISH SLAVE OWNER INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE!

 

The University College London has compiled a database of British slave owners and this information has been digitized and is now online! This is a searchable database with more than 46,000 claims made by slave holders who were going to lose money when Britain outlawed slavery in 1833.
The total value of the claims was about £20 million, and this was considered to be an extremely large 19th century bailout by the British government. The website hosting the database is called Legacies of British Slave Ownership and it contains a wealth of background information. So by all means explore the database if you have ancestors from the British West Indies.

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LIBERIA–Liberia – An Early Census of Monrovia Liberia Now on Family Search
Many who have stories of relatives who left America and returned to Africa will find this to be good news. Family Search has started a small but important census collection for the settlement of Monrovia in the colony of Liberia. The information found in the census includes the name, age, date of arrival, relatives in the colony, profession, education and so much more. This collection can be searched by name.  So explore the  Monrovia 1843 census . 

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Payment Card For Sephus Bass, Pvt, 111th US Colored Infantry

Civil War Pension Payment Cards Now Available  – The digitization of  80% of their collection of US Veteran Administration Pension Payment Cards for the period 1907 to 1933 has now been uploaded. Now many of the records in this collection were for pension payments made to widows as well. I was thrilled to find payment records of my 2nd gr. uncle Sephus Bass, as well as payments made to others whom I research as well. The info is brief, but I still think significant. Especially if you wonder how many payments your ancestor actually received. Well now  you can find out! So take a look at this fascination collection.

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New Illinois Marriage Records Available 

Ok Illinois researchers—-some new marriage records for you! FamilySearch has added 703,000 indexed records to their existing collection of county marriages from Illinois. These marriages span the years 1810 to 1934.  This is searchable and if you have ancestors who were in that state, you might have some success in locating additional data. Illinois Marriages 1810-1934. 

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Additional WWI Draft Cards now available.
Additional Draft Cards are now available through Family Search. Apparently 2 million names have been added to the existing WWI Draft Cards that are available. Also it would be beneficial to learn more about the various times that the Draft was done. Many assume that all African American draft cards were cut in the bottom left corner. That is actully not the case. The first draft in 1917 had the corner removed, but afterwards the cards were not marked that way. So revisit the enhanced Draft Card Collection.
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FROM THE STATE ARCHIVES:

Special Digitization Reflects South Carolina Populations The College of Charleston has annonced The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) which launched on February. This initiative is hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston and is funded through grants from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

 

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North Carolina

FROM NORTH CAROLINA, Rosenwald Fund Papers Have Been Digitized!

The North Carolina Archives recently announced this week that they have added the Division of Negro Education to the African American Education Collection. These are the papers of the Supervisor of the Rosenwald Fun. Now Rosenwald Schools are found throughout the south, and it is exciting that the papers have been digitized. Booker T. Washington approached Julius Rosenwald in 1912, and by 1932, over 5,000 new school building  had been built in more than 883 counties throughout the South. More information can be found here.

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Local Level—Central Maryland chapter of AAHGS is having their Brick Wall session tomorrow in Columbia MD at the Owen Brown Center. They will have 3 presenters, Aaron Dorsey, Alice Miller and Robyn Smith who will  present case studies. They will meet tomorrow February 22 at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia at 1pm.

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Well spring almost approaches and this is the time to plan for spring and summer, and note MAAGI Registration is open and there are some Scholarship opportunities for summer 2014.

MAAGI SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

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Bernice Bennett’s show will be rescheduled.  Last night’s show had some technical problems and will have to be rescheduled. This is the radio drama with Drusilla Pair and Ajena Rogers, and the play “Flight to Freedom”. Bernice’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

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Well thanks everyone for listening, and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.