Monthly Archives: October 2011

African Roots Podcast Episode #132 October 14, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

Upcoming Events:
The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and the Prince George’s County Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) present Paul E. Sluby, guest lecturer for the 2011 Genealogy Workshop Series. The event will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., at Gallery 110, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD. Mr. Sluby is an author, professional genealogist, historian, researcher, and co-founder of the AAHGS. He has complied and published numerous genealogies, cemetery and church histories.

Well the Call for Papers is now out! The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS) is pleased to announce an invitation to submit lecture proposals for the 2012 IBGS Conference and Resource Expo. The three-day conference is expected to draw over 400 participants, speakers and exhibitors.

Lecture possibilities
A wide variety of presentations will be considered including children’s genealogy, web sites, Black research in the U.S. and internationally, use of records and repositories either digital or brick-and-mortar, methodology, skill building, cultural and ethnic research in other countries, medical history, writing, publishing your family history, computers and technology, genetics and DNA research, migration, immigration and naturalization records.

Original topic submissions are encouraged. The IBGS Program Committee will consider proposals, workshops and other ground-breaking presentations. Digital projector presentations are strongly encouraged. Presentation time slots are a total of 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period.

Questions, inquiries or submissions can be emailed with the subject line Call for Papers Submission.

A WEBINAR – Drusilla Pair Genealogist and Technologist
Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
2:00PM Eastern (U.S.)

Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation. The sound of the human voice is a powerful tool which conveys a wide range of moods and emotions. The human voice can project loud enough to excite and cheer at a pep rally, soften its volume to comfort the grieving, or change to a friendly tone or pitch to say “hello” to a friend. Adding voice notes or messages to digital documents can communicate personality, mood, and emotions as well as add a multimedia touch to text-based documents. I have heard ProfessorDru speak and it is an enjoyable experience!

I hope that many of us will start to look at technology as an enhancement to what we do and not an obstacle. I have learned so much by embracing technology and the social arenas where technology savvy folks gather. By venturing into social networks, and by entering the blogosphere, I have come to truly appreciate the wonderful people I have met and skills that I have acquired. We should all step out of our comfort zones to expand our skill set and to grow in wonderful new directions.

Well, next week, I shall be coming to you from Ft. Wayne Indiana where I am looking forward to attending the National Black Genealogy Summit. I hope to see many of you there and look forward to learning while there, as well.

Thanks for listening, and remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #131 October 7, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome to the African Roots Podcast. You can reach me at

Hello to friends enjoying conferences in Richmond Virginia at the ASALH Annual Conference and friends in Chicago who are enjoying the annual conference of the Afr. American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago.

From a friend in Arkansas I have learned that Governor Mike Beebe has proclaimed October 23-29, 2011, as Arkansas Archives Week. This annual observance celebrates the value of Arkansas’s historical records, illuminates the ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognizes those who maintain the state’s historical records. At the end of the month there will be a presentation by Leita Spears on Arkansas Freedman’s Bureau records.

Note that has a free sign on process that will allow non-subscribers to sign on and look at their databases. This will close next week.

The University of Kansas has some wonderful illustrations of African Americans on their Luna Image Collection site. Many of the images are people who are identified, so if you have ancestors who homesteaded in Kansas, or migrated there as an Exoduster do take a look. They are all part of the Joseph Judd Penell collection, and they are wonderful. Men, women and children are reflected in this large 500 plus image collection made from glass plate images from the 1890s till the early 1920s.

Please join me tonight for the Geneabloggers Blog Talk Radio Show. I will be the guest host, sitting in for Thomas Macentee. My guests tonight will be Linda Geiger who is a specialist in Native American research, and Lisa Lee, noted researcher who is well versed in Black Canadian Research. The show begins at 10 pm EST.

Some fascinating threads from AfriGeneas worth reading. One thread reflects an amazing coincidence at the Annual FGS Conference.
Another amazing thread involves use of Pullman Porter Employment Cards. It is always worthwhile to visit the message boards on AfriGeneas for one never knows what adventures await the careful reader.

Thanks for listening and I hope some of you will join me tonight. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and always keep sharing what you find.