Monthly Archives: July 2009

African Roots Podcast #14 July 3, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast

 
Welcome back and happy 4th of July weekened!

Some announcements for upcoming events for you:
July 11, 2009 the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group is hosting an event at 10:00 am. “All About Adoption Research” will be presented by Ms. Yvette Porter. The presentatio will take place at the Malcom X Library at 5148 Market St. in San Diego. For more information contact Margaret Lewis.

The Baltimore Agnes K. Callum chapter of AAHGS is extending an invitation to join the chapter as it leaves for the International Black Genealogy Summit in the Allen County Public Library. This library is the largest genealogy library east of the Mississippi, and second only to thte Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The bus will leave teh 4400 block of Edmoondson Avene at 3 am on Wednesday October 29, 2009 and retuen to the same place Sunday evening November 1, 2009. The cost for the round trip journey is $200 per person due b y September 15, 2009. A down payment of $100 will reserve your seat. For more information contact Agnes K. Callum or call 410-323-3883.

In Massachusetts, on July 22, the National Archives and Records Administration is hosting an evening worship entitled Researching African American Ancestors. this event will take place at the NARA facility in Pittsfield Massachusetts on Conte Drive.

On the August 8th, in Chicago the National Archives will present a special workshop with Tony Burroughs, on African American genealogy. This will take place at the NARA facility and there is a $10 charge for this event.

Have you ever wished that you had a little extra change for a small project? Well there is a guardian angelo out there willing to help you. Take some time and visit the Honoring our Ancestors Grants program. If you have wanted to start a family newsletter, host a website, or organize a runion but were just a little bit shy of the necessary fund, then thanks to Megan Smolenyak, RootsTV founder, you might receive a small grant. Welcome back and happy 4th of July weekened!

Some announcements for upcoming events for you:

July 11, 2009 the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group is hosting an event at 10:00 am. “All About Adoption Research” will be presented by Ms. Yvette Porter. The presentatio will take place at the Malcom X Library at 5148 Market St. in San Diego. For more information contact Margaret Lewis at ibemarti@yahoo.com.

The Baltimore Agnes K. Callum chapter of AAHGS is extending an invitation to join the chapter as it leaves for the International Black Genealogy Summit in the Allen County Public Library. This library is the largest genealogy library east of the Mississippi, and second only to thte Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The bus will leave teh 4400 block of Edmoondson Avene at 3 am on Wednesday October 29, 2009 and retuen to the same place Sunday evening November 1, 2009. The cost for the round trip journey is $200 per person due b y September 15, 2009. A down payment of $100 will reserve your seat. For more information contact Agnes K. Callum at akcallum@aol.com or call Mrs. Callum at 410-323-3883.

In Massachusetts, the National Archives and Records Administration is hosting an evening worship entitled Researching African American Ancestors. this event will take place at the NARA facility in Pittsfield Massachusetts.

On the August 8th, in Chicago the National Archives will present a special workshop with Tony Burroughs, on African American genealogy. This will take place at the NARA facility and there is a $10 charge for this event.

Have you ever wished that you had a little extra change for a small project? Well there is a guardian angelo out there willing to help you. Take some time and visit the Honoring our Ancestors Grants program. If you have wanted to start a family newsletter, host a website, or organize a runion but were just a little bit shy of the necessary fund, then thanks to Megan Smolenyak, RootsTV founder, you might receive a small grant.

How many times have you wished that you had an ancestor who left behind letters, journals, diaries—something to give us the descendants an opportunity to have a glimpse into how they lived their lives and to have a key to what they thought. Wouldn’t you like to stumble upon an old trunk with letters, and a wonderful scrapbook about an ancestor’s life? Well few of us are that lucky to have such a finding. Well for some inspiration, I encourage you to look at the life story of Elizabeth Harris Johnson, who left a 85 page hand written memoir/scrapbook of her life. The work describe the life of a woman of humble origins, born the children of former slaves. Yet at the same time it is a wonderful example of how good it is to tell one’s own life story. This diary/scrapbook of Elizabeth Johnson Harris resides on the Duke University Special Collections website all 85 pages are digitized and transcribed for visitors to the site.

If you are not in the habit, begin to keep a jounral yourself. Tell the story of your genealogical journal for that is worth telling and hearing but also remember to tell your personal lie story. For ideas on how to write you own autobiography and tell your own story here are some suggestions on going about that process.

Remember, genealogy is beyond collecting names—-you want to chronicle the lives that came before you, and you want to remember to chronicle your own life story as well. The next generation will thank you.

That’s it for this week. In the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting
and please keep sharing what you find.