Monthly Archives: October 2009

African Roots Podcast #29 October 16, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and Welcome Back!
Today is Friday, October 16, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots podcast.
You can always reach me at africanrootspodcast@gmail.com

Upcoming events:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 9:00 AM-10:15 Genealogy Workshop
Mr. George Geder Professional Family Historian/Genealogist-African American Genealogy and Why it is Important
Carlsbad NM (Annual state NAACP Convention)

Saturday, October 24, at 10 A.M. National Archives, Washington DC
Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy
National Archives staff representative will present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture occurs on select Saturdays each month: the next one is Saturday, November 21.

Saturday, October 24, noon–4 P.M. National Archives, Washington DC
Room G-24, Research Center “Help! I’m Stuck”Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Would you like to explore new directions in your research? On select Saturdays, an archivist will be available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions. Look for the “Help! I’m Stuck” sign at the entrance.

Did you know that October is Family History Month?
Several websites have placed some wonderful suggestions on ways to stimulate your family history research and to get you going in some new directions. I want to encourage you all to re-visit AfriGeneas and join in some of the interesting challenges and exercises online to celebrate Family History Month.

AfriGeneas is THE premier web site for African American family history. Well, on the main genealogy and history message forum there have been several challenges that have been shared online, and the response has been great—as people are sharing stories about favorite ancestors, memorable visits and more.

Two weeks away from the big conference—October 29-31
Still time to register for the Black Genealogy Summit at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Now three days of workshop are planned.
Black Genealogy Summit. Ft. Wayne Indiana

This has been an busy week in the genealogy community. Lots of activity still going on and I must first send out a thank you to everyone who responded to my encouragement of your involvement to save Pansoffkey cemetery in Sumter County Florida. UPDATE: Panasoffkey cemetery has been saved!

Special Thanks to everyone involved from the historical society in Sumter County, under the direction of Billy Ray and also to the unrelenting efforts of Toni Carrier founder of “>Low County Africana, Luckie Daniels of OurGeorgia Roots, George Geder of Santa Fe, Jack Robinson, of Onslow county NC and so many others for blogging about it, and to all of you who have responded with letters, to the commissioners, letters to the editor of the papers, and to the local community in Sumter County for this.

A few of the details—A meeting took place this week with the county commissioners and the local turnout was excellent. It was voted unanimously to not only end the efforts to move the cemetery, but also to preserve it, and to restore it which hopefully means to turn into a currently used cemetery once again.

I was happy to find a database online for one cemetery long abandoned, and that is now under the care of those who are working to preserve the site. This is the Zion Cemetery ledger. Zion cemetery was established by former slaves who lived in Shelby County Tennessee—Memphis. They were part of a large community of former slaves many who migrated to Memphis from Mississippi. By the 1970s the cemetery was in terrible condition, but in 2005, the effort to restore the cemetery began. There is a video on the project on their website that is very moving. The good news is that so far 4 acres have been cleared. In addition, the cemetery Ledger is online and you can type in the name of a deceased person and the page bearing information on the deceased from the official cemetery ledger appears.

I am also providing a link for endangered cemeteries nationwide, and encourage you to get involved .
Let’s all vow to work hard not only to tell our stories but to protect endangered burial grounds.

Thanks for listening and keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what your find!

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African Roots Podcast #28 October 9, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and Welcome Back!
Today is Friday, October 9, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots podcast.
You can always reach me at africanrootspodcast@gmail.com.

Hello to friends in Chicago! Hope all is going well for the annual conference of the Chicago African American Genealogical and Historical Society, taking place today and tomorrow. More information is available about the conference on their site.

October 10, 2009 1-4:30
The California Genealogy Society hosts a special session for genealogy bloggers.
Genealogy Blogs – Why, How, Do’s and Don’ts with Thomas MacEntee and Craig Manson
A special afternoon workshop, that will be divided into three 1-hr seminars with 15 minute breaks. Topics are: How to Use a Blog, Building a Genealogy Blog, and Blogging and the Law
Sponsored by the California Genealogical Society and Library. Craig Manson is the presenter on the session Blogging and the Law where he will discuss copyright and privacy issues.

October 16-17, 2009 – Redding, California
Family History Expos is sponsoring their California Family History Expo, to be held at the Redding Convention Center, 747 Auditorium Drive. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am on Friday, October 16, 2009. Early: Bird registration for both days – ends August 24, 2009 is $65; Pre-registration for both days – ends October 10, 2009 is $75; At the door – $85. One-day cost at the door is $45.

October 17 Washington DC, National Archives
A Panel on Professional Genealogy
October meeting of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
Claire Bettag, CG, Will White, CG, and Marie Melchiori, CG, will lead a discussion on issues related to Professional Genealogy. They will each share their thoughts and then open the floor to further discussion and questions. Topics may include: lecturing; writing; editing; balancing demands; networking; carving out research niches; organizing research; continuing education; expanding client base; marketing; certification / accreditation; and other challenges in the professional genealogical field.
2:00pm in room G24 at the National Archives in Washington D.C. No pre-registration is required.

24 October 2009 – Roswell, NM
The Wilson-Cobb History & Genealogy Research Library is sponsoring a seminar titled Genealogy “CSI”: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors with J. Mark Lowe as the featured speaker.
His topics are: “Using the Internet for Genealogy and Research,” “Finding Your Landless Ancestors,” “Cemeteries as a Genealogical Resource,” and “Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions.” For information, contact: Wilson-Cobb Research Library, PO Box 1216, Roswell, NM 88202, 575-622-3322, wilsoncobb@dfn.com

October 29-31
Still time to register for the Black Genealogy Summit at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Now three days of workshop are planned.
Black Genealogy Summit. Ft. Wayne Indiana

An Update—

Last week I mentioned the issue in Sumter county Florida, about plans to relocate historic Pansoffkey cemetery so that land would be freed for developers. It appears that there has been a response from people around the country as well as in the local area. Some of you have responded by expressing your concerns with letters to the community newspaper and to the county officials and there is a hint that developers have reconsidered the plans to use the site. Continue to show your support and your interest in saving this burial site. Here are some very useful links about the story.

http://www.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2.cgi?073+article+News+20091007104347073073003

http://www.findagrave.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1207326

Much attention has been paid to the ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama. The NY Times had an extensive article focusing on this history. More information can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/us/politics/08genealogy.html

There are lessons to be learned in the story, particularly for genealogists. One side of her ancestry had already been done. The fact is there are other lines in everyone’s ancestry, and more opportunity to gain even more data on the family line. This lesson in researching the other side is a good reminder to pursue the other lines, not often mentioned in family history and to keep doing what we do—keep researching.

Thanks for listening this week. Remember to keep doing what you do.
Keep researching,
Keep documenting
and keep sharing what you find!

For previous podcasts, click on the date of previous episodes.