This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Pocast. You can reach me at

Well next week is Roots Tech! I would love to be there, but I am so excited that thirteen sessions will be available through a live video stream, and we can learn so much by the workshops that we can watch at the same time. I am also looking forward to seeing what the bloggers out there will be sharing with the rest of us about the events. So let’s keep our eyes and ears open to watch the developments!

I hope you listened to Bernice Bennet’s Show last night. Bennie J. McRae was her guest and he has amassed probably more data on the US Colored Troops than most of us ever will. But what a wise man, a well read man and a gentle man. He spoke about the Civil War from the beginning and took us through the war, and up to the ratification of the 13th Amendment. His work now resides at Hampton University, and his website is also on the Hampton site. For many years his website Lest We Forget was the site to go to for basic data on the US Colored Troops and of all aspects of African American military history. Remember her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.

Speaking of Civil War I am happy to share with you a commemoration of the Louisiana Native Guards. A raid on the city of Pascagoula was made 150 years ago, and on April 14th an special event will take place to honor the black soldiers who served in that battle. There is so much to learn about and to celebrate, and I am just happy to see that some of the history is being taken back to the local community, to those whose history is being shared. The battle and the Native Guards will be remembered April 14 when a historical marker is dedicated at 10 a.m. in Gulfport’s Jones Park.Most of the 150th anniversary activities will take place that day 12 miles from the coastline
Read more here.

For those of you in Ohio, note that Ohio genealogist Kathy Reed Kathy Reed of Cincinnati is going to be giving a presentation for the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley, on March 23rd. She is hoping to interest some members in starting to blog about their family history. She will also be following it up with a three-session course on how to blog using the blogger software. More information is available by contacting the society

I thought I would share this job opportunity with you. ProGenealogists, a team based in Utah is looking for case managers. The job will require relocating to Salt Lake City. More information can be found HERE.

I want to share two good databases with you:
1)Digital Library on American Slavery
Underwritten by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Digital Library on American Slavery is a cooperative venture between the Race and Slavery Petitions Project and the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department of University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

2)Rosenwald Database
Here you can find information about historical Rosenwald schools in the southern United States.
This is a wonderful resource and a great way to learn about your communmity. I learned that also in some caes home for faculty was also part of the Rosenwald project. Great information still to find.

Well, thanks for listening yet another week. I appreciate your tuning in and taking time from your busy life to hear the podcast! Have a good week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and to keep sharing what you find!

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